Never Mind, Google’s Pixel 2 Won’t Have a Snapdragon 836

Two new reports have surfaced from Android Police and XDA-Developers who state Qualcomm, the company behind the famous Snapdragon mobile processor line, currently has no plans to produce a Snapdragon 836 chipset. If this is so, it means rumors surrounding Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are false and the handsets will likely ship with Snapdragon 835 chips much like other flagship smartphones on the market this year.

This isn’t really a bad thing, however. The Snapdragon 835 is a very powerful processor and is capable of top-notch speeds and performance from any handset that packs it. And since the upcoming Pixels will no doubt feature near-stock Android Oreo, the entire experience should be pretty zippy.

Of course, we haven’t really had time to determine how well this chipset ages over the period of around a year or so. With the Snapdragon 821 in last year’s Pixels, the chipset was capable of debuting in 2016 and staying relevant throughout 2017 since it was a middle ground between last year’s best and this year’s best. It’ll be hard to say whether the 835 can perform the same way, but considering what we’re seeing now from devices like the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, and even the Moto Z2 Force, I think buyers of Google’s next handsets should be pretty pleased for some time to come.


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