Smaller Google Pixel to retain thick bezels this year

Smaller Google Pixel to retain thick bezels this year

Smaller Google Pixel to retain thick bezels this year

As we first noted all the way back in March, and reiterated yesterday, the Pixel and Pixel XL - even after the latter's relatively last-minute swap from 'muskie" to "taimen' - will not have 3.5mm headphone jacks.

Reportedly, the Pixel 2 is expected to feature a 4.97-inch fullHD display and pack in 64 GB of memory.

The back looks nearly identical to the back of the purported Pixel XL 2, which means that neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel XL 2 will have a dual-lens camera. The phone models seen on site have thin bezels compared to Pixel and XL. The image shown below, which is said to be a photo of the smaller 2017 Pixel, codenamed "Walleye", suggests that its top and bottom bezels will be far larger than those of many other new flagship-class handsets, such as LG's G6 and Q6, and Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Blass, who has a long history of accurately leaking gadgets before they arrive, says that Google will split manufacturing duties for this year's Pixel devices: HTC, the maker of last year's Pixels, is said to be handling the smaller variant, while LG is said to be behind the follow-up to the larger Pixel XL.

This is kind of an obvious expectation given that the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are upgrades to the 2016 models. The result of this change in camera design is still unknown, but some rumors claim that the tech giant could finally introduce optical image stabilization, a feature that has been in huge demand for years now. To recall, Google's previous year phones were made by HTC. Thanks to an image shared in a report today by Venturebeat, we may be looking at it below.

We don't know when the Pixel or Pixel XL 2 will be announced, but Evan Blass used interesting wording in the original article: "Although still months away from an official unveiling". There could also be an addition of stereo speakers instead of the 3.5mm headphone jack. The handsets will come with the next major release of Google's mobile OS, Android 8.0 O.

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