With the Note 8 finally having delivered its promise, the world will be waiting for the next two big launched of the year – the Pixel phones and the iPhone 8. And while Apple will be launching their offering sometime in September, the Google Pixel phones might be arriving a little later.
Evan Blasse tweeted that a release date for the phone has been set on, and will happen October 5. Surprisingly, this would be on-point to Google’s conventional launching pattern as last year, October 4 was when the original Pixel launched, along with the new Chromecast and a slew of other products. The phones are also said to feature the new Snapdragon 836 SoC, which will be the first phone to feature the chipset. Google has always had the knack of being just a notch ahead of the competition where it matters.
The two new Pixel devices are said to also feature 8GB of RAM, along with a squeezable frame, an always on display and dual front-facing cameras. The smaller variant is supposed to come with a 4.97-inch 1080p display and the Pixel 2 XL will likely come with a 5.99-inch 1440p display. The Pixel 2 devices have been consistently being rumored to feature specifications which are ahead of the game. Qualcomm has not made any announcements regarding the new chip as well, so it seems that it will be released at the same time as the phone. It would not be surprising for Google to release a few other devices as well. The new smaller version of the Google Home is also expected to launch with the Pixel 2 phones.
The first Pixel phones were launched on October 4 last year, falling well in line with Google’s release schedule. One of the obstacles that Google will have to overcome, will be the issue of stocks, as the last Pixel line was limited in number. Buyers in emerging and developing markets were left out and had to seek out their flagship needs in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. I
f Google can evade the risk of having low manufacturing units, the company might have the best early success compared to its competition. While the larger of the two phones is said to be made by LG, the smaller one will be produced by HTC. Both will be dropping the headphone jack as well. Of course, the biggest takeaway anyone will be able to get out purchasing one of these phones is the timeless efficiency and reliability of original, stock, vanilla Android – an experience that is rivalled only by the iPhone. Google will need to hit a home run with this launch.