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Google’s Pixel 2 is Coming October 5th with a Snapdragon 836

Evan Blass has a pretty great track record when it comes to leaking new products before they’re announced. A tweet sent out by the VentureBeat writer last night falls into this category, and it seems pretty likely to happen.

According to Blass, the upcoming Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will be unveiled at an event on October 5th. This is the same location we’re expecting to see a new Chromebook and miniature Google Home. Not only will the handsets be unveiled on that date, but they’ll also be powered by a Snapdragon 836 processor. It’ll be essentially the same case as it was last year when the original Pixels were introduced with the Snapdragon 821, a slight step up for the 820 most flagships from 2016 used. The 836 will slightly improve the speed and efficiency of the 835 on the market today and be able to further future-proof the new Pixels to better run head-first into 2018.

Previous leaks suggest the Google Pixel 2 will be built by HTC and arrive with chunky bezels, but with stereo speakers facing the user this time around. The LG-made Pixel XL 2 (as it’s currently known as) will come with minimal bezels and a large, near-6-inch screen. The glass panel on the back of each handset will be reduced and no longer house the fingerprint sensor which will sit directly below. So far, specs are unknown other than the Snapdragon 836 chips, but we can assume the phones will each ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. We’re also expecting an ‘Active Edge‘ feature which will let users squeeze their phone to activate the Google Assistant.

And no, there won’t be a headphone jack on either phone.

Since we’re a little more than a month away from seeing the new Pixels, expect more information surrounding the smartphones to surface soon.

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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