Last year, Google Pixel was the first smartphone to feature Snapdragon 821 SoC – the upgraded version of Snapdragon 820. If speculations are to be believed, Google’s upcoming flagship will continue the legacy with the Snapdragon 836. Yes, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 might come with an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
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If this turns out to be true, then, the second generation Google Pixel phone should be the most powerful smartphone of this year. As per the rumors, this year too, HTC has been chosen to build the Pixel 2. This further gives rise to the conjecture that the upcoming handset might support the Squeeze feature of the HTC U11.
While the Google Pixel 2 is being presumed to pack the Snapdragon 836 chipset, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is still expected to come with Snapdragon 835.
According to rumors, the Snapdragon 836 will bring 10 percent performance improvement over the Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm would achieve this just by overclocking the existing chip. Some optimizations shall be there though making the 836 slightly more power efficient than the 835.
Speaking of the specs, we don’t yet know much about the Pixel 2. Some sources suggest that the smartphone shall come with minimum bezels and dual camera setup. However, one thing that we are almost sure about is that the Pixel 2 would run Android O out of the box.
Talking of release date, Google is presumed to announce the Pixel 2 along with Pixel XL 2 in October 2017. Pricing-wise, the upcoming phone might even be costlier than its current version. However, there can a cheaper variant too called the Pixel 2B, which would come with trimmed down specifications and an affordable price tag.
That’s all we know till now. Do note that all of these are unverified rumors and things may turn out to be different in the coming days.