Google’s next flagship smartphones are expected to be unveiled in the next couple of months, so naturally, more information on the upcoming devices are starting to surface. According to a recent FCC filing, it’s all but confirmed that HTC will be manufacturing the smaller Pixel 2; the phone will also come with “Active Edge.”
As its name suggests, Active Edge is very similar to the HTC U11‘s Edge Sense feature. By squeezing the Pixel 2’s pressure-sensitive frame, certain functions will be activated. By default, the FCC filing shows that Google Assistant will be launched, though we reckon this should be customisable.
Interestingly, screenshots of the Pixel 2 shown in the FCC filing reveal that the device is running on Android 8.0.1. However, it’s worth noting that this may be because the phone is still in the testing phase; Android 8.0 hasn’t even been officially launched yet.
Other specifications revealed in the FCC filing of the Pixel 2 include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or 836 chipset, 64GB of internal storage, and of course, NFC. Rumours and leaks, on the other hand, are suggesting that the yet to be announced phone will come with a 4.97-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, front-facing stereo speakers, and unfortunately enough, no 3.5mm audio jack.
The Google Pixel 2 and the larger XL model are certainly some of the most anticipated Android smartphones to be released this year, and besides the lack of a dedicated audio jack, they do show a lot of promises. Google is expected to unveil the new Pixel smartphones sometime in October 2017.