Google is reportedly working on a lower spec version of the next Pixel for emerging markets. This alleged “Pixel 2B” will be launched alongside the Pixel 2, although no rumours about when this might be have been heard.
Information about the Pixel 2B is scarce, with little else known besides the fact that Google is working on it.
On the same note, Google is also reportedly focused on camera upgrades for the next iteration of the Pixel. The flagship device is not likely to have a large pixel count, but instead feature other improvements to make up for it. Low-light performance is also supposedly one of the main areas that engineers are looking into.
Water-resistance – which was curiously missing from the original Pixel – is also still on the table. There’s no indication that Google is planning to include it, but the lack of environmental sealing felt like an oversight with the Pixel. It would be a misstep for Google to skip the feature yet again.
9to5Google spoke to a source that said that the Pixel 2 is being tested with both Qualcomm and Intel chips; which is interesting in that Intel has backed off from the mobile market. It was also said that MediaTek was involved in the tests, but have dropped out for some reason.