A new report by 9to5Google seems to shed light on what the future of Google’s Pixel bestows. First off, the publication states that according to a source, better waterproofing seems to be on the table for the Pixel 2. This goes against a previous report suggesting that this feature would “definitely” make its way onto the next-gen Pixel, but it now looks like it’s at least being considered.
A better CPU is also in the works according to 9to5Google, with Google being said to have two different prototypes of the Pixel 2 with two different processors. One’s said to be a Snapdragon 830 series, while the other is supposedly an Intel-branded chipset. Further, Google was said to have been partnering with MediaTek and may have tried to make their own custom processor, but neither of these speculations have resulted into anything concrete enough to be worth noting.
As is the case with more phone upgrades, Google’s also focusing heavily on upgrading the Pixel 2’s camera system, this time with still little megapixels but a focus on features. Reportedly, the company wants to master low-light photography with the Pixel 2’s sensors, so it’ll be interesting to see how they actually perform at night. This isn’t a foreign area to Google, by the way, as both the Nexus 6P and Pixel phones were built to perform fairly in low-light. It just now looks like Google will invest most of their efforts in this area, something I hope pays off in the end.
Finally, the Pixel 2 is said to cost “at least” $50 more than the current Pixel, making the final cost $699 without tax. This is a pretty steep step to take as the original Pixel and Pixel XL are still pretty expensive, so it’s unclear just how many people will actually pay for a phone costing a minimum of $700 while the iPhone likely remains at it’s current price point of $649.
Fortunately, according to 9to5Google‘s anonymous source, it looks like Google may be able to compensate for the lack of folks willing to fork over a minimum of $699 for a new phone. In the publication’s report, it’s said that a Pixel “2B” will launch either alongside or soon after the standard Pixel 2 and come with less-powerful specs but at a more budget-friendly price. There’s currently no word on what type of specs could come loaded, while the handset will also likely be focused on other markets, and we’re assuming the United States isn’t one of those.
Since we’re still around 9 months away from the launch of the Pixel 2, take the information shared today with a grain of salt. We’ve got a long way to go, and anything can change.
- SOURCE: 9to5Google