The Pixel 2 will succeed the original Pixel launched last year
There have been a few reports recently that hinted at Google testing a more affordable version of the Pixel 2 smartphone. Codenamed Pixel 2B, it was supposedly being aimed at developing markets. However, in a meeting at MWC 2017, Google’s SVP for Hardware rubbished those reports. He confirmed that the Pixel 2 will continue to be aimed at the high-end premium segment.
Google created the Pixel brand and launched a couple of Chromebooks and smartphones. Taking over from the Nexus brand, Google is taking on Apple and other companies in the premium devices segment. The first Pixel smartphone was launched last year, starting at a price of $649 and going up to $869. In India, the most affordable Pixel starts at Rs. 57,000 and goes up to Rs. 76,000.
Another report released recently revealed that there were no Pixel Chromebooks planned currently. Rick Osterloh confirmed this piece of information on Twitter. However, he also clarified that Chromebooks aren’t dead, giving rest to speculation regarding the future of these devices.
While there is still some time for the Pixel 2 smartphones to be launched, some rumors are already doing the rounds on the internet. The most recent rumors suggest that the Pixel 2 will come with IP67 or IP68 certification, with water resistance up to 1.5 meters. The phone will be reportedly powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Improvements in the camera department are also expected.
The new Pixel 2 smartphones are expected to launch in October. Rumors suggest that Google may increase the price by at least $50, meaning the base variant could cost $699.