Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were among last year’s best devices, each with the latest Android software, Google Assistant smarts and a camera that outshone the best Apple and Samsung could offer.
And now the company is said to be hard at work on its next–generation smartphones. Here’s what we know so far.
1. Faster processors
Google is understandably looking to get the best processors for its new Pixel 2 smartphone. Recent gossip suggests Google is testing different versions, including one from Qualcomm and another from Intel.
Whatever option Google chooses, it will undoubtedly be designed to match the A11 chip that’s set to keep things ticking in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8.
Waterproofing has become essential for the very best smartphones. This is an area where the Pixel and Pixel XL lagged behind competitors in 2016.
Word from a source close to Google suggests the Pixel 2 will be able to withstand being dunked in water and getting covered in dirt. With the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 set to come with the same toughened frame, this is definitely a sensible move.
3. Beefed up camera
The Pixel’s camera was perhaps the best smartphone snapper in 2016. However, Google is apparently looking to boost its camera’s power with the Pixel 2. Low light performance will be the focus according to the same insider who’s leaked other details.
Smartphone cameras generally still struggle when things get dark, so if Google can get out ahead of the pack, it could make the Pixel 2 a must–have.
4. And a budget model too
If one criticism could be levelled at the Pixel and Pixel XL, it would be hefty price tag. So, Google is purportedly working on a budget model fire release later this year.
Dubbed the Pixel 2B, it’s thought to feature stripped back internal hardware and a less powerful camera, in an attempt to take on manufacturers of cheap Android mobile makers. There’s every chance it could be the best mid–range smartphone of the year.
5. New Android software
Although details have not emerged, it seems highly likely that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2B will come with the next version of Google Android, Android O.
The official name is not known yet, but whatever Google cooks up, expect it to offer better battery life and UI improvements to take on a rejigged version of Apple’s iOS.