There’s no doubt we’re nearing the official launch of Google’s next iterations of its Pixel smartphone. Some time ago, we got a close look at a render of the 2017 Pixel XL, and now, a couple of images allegedly showing the Pixel 2 have appeared online. Basically…it doesn’t look quite a sleek as the new Pixel XL.
According to GSMArena, a tipster sent the site these two images, and the device pictured does match the design of an earlier Pixel 2 leak. Not only does it have rather large top and bottom bezels, the small rear glass panel found on the original Pixel is retained here too. However, it is slightly smaller now.
While it looks quite a bit like its predecessor, the Pixel 2 seems to take some design elements from the Nexus 6P. More specifically, the front-facing stereo speakers, which look pretty similar to the 6P’s. Although the Pixel 2 may not sport the Pixel XL’s more elegant design, the former’s front-facing speakers are nice additions.
Aside from these details, past rumours surrounding the Pixel 2 suggest that Google is doing away with the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2. On top of that, this will allegedly apply to the larger Pixel XL as well – we imagine most consumers won’t be too thrilled with this.
Previous leak of the Pixel 2. (Source: VentureBeat)
It’s rather interesting that Google is going with such contrasting designs with the 2017 Pixel and Pixel XL, but it does make a lot of sense: it’s not uncommon for the higher-end phone in a series to come with more premium features. Nonetheless, Google is expected to unveil its new Pixel smartphones sometime in October.