Google Pix­el 2 and Pix­el 2 XL Might Not Sport Snap­drag­on 836


The Google Pixel 2 has been a subject of numerous rumors ever since the beginning of this year and last month it was tipped to come powered with the Snapdragon 836 processor but latest reports deny that rumor.


According to a report published by XDA Developers and then later backed by a confirmation from Android Police, the second-generation Pixel devices won’t be powered by the Snapdragon 836 processor.

Why? Well, simply because it doesn’t exist. An ‘extremely reliable source’ told XDA that ‘there will never be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836’.

While we have seen instances of Qualcomm upgrading their flagship chipset just a bit in cases such as Snapdragon 800/801 and 820/821 — the chipset which powered the first-generation Pixel devices — there also have been instances like the Snapdragon 810, which didn’t receive the minor update.

If the reports are to be believed, then Qualcomm might be planning to give the current flagship chipset a major revamp, rather than a minor one, and release the Snapdragon 845.

Many are of the view that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices will come with the same processor that is powering all other flagships this year — the Snapdragon 835 — it is also possible that Qualcomm is developing the Snapdragon 845 processor to power Google’s new flagship.

According to earlier rumors — backed by the credibility of Evan Blass — the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices will be launched on October 5, 2017.

Olixar For Pixel2
Olixar case for Pixel 2

It was being expected that the Pixel 2 will sport the Snapdragon 836 and be one step ahead of its flagship competitors in a similar manner as it did last year when the Pixel devices featured Snapdragon 821 while its competitors were powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Google’s second generation flagship Pixel devices have huge shoes to fill in as its predecessor didn’t disappoint and was arguably called the best Android device of 2016.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL which is being manufactured by HTC has received a thumbs-up from the FCC.

The FCC certification which was received on a filing by HTC has confirmed that the Taiwan-based mobile manufacturer will be making the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL device which will feature the same squeezable features as seen on HTC U11.

Android Oreo has been rolled out for Nexus and Pixel devices and the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.

Google Pixel didn’t disappoint and mobile enthusiasts worldwide have high hopes for Google’s upcoming flagship devices which face heavy competition from Samsung’s recently released Galaxy Note 8 and Apple’s upcoming tenth anniversary iPhone 8.

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