Google embarked on an ideology last year after it decided to ditch the Nexus lineup and instead let Pixel become the torchbearer. Now, Google is speculated to be working on its successor, the Pixel 2. According to sources from 9to5 Google is focussing on its camera and has been testing CPU from two different chip makers. Google is also expected to waterproof the Pixel 2 with a decent IP rating.
The camera will once again assume the center stage and the Google is striving hard to better the low light photography on the Pixel 2. The source also mentioned that Google might not actually opt for more megapixels and instead stick to improving the low-light capabilities, something they did while launching the Pixel.
The Pixel 2 is apparently in nascent stages of development and in all likelihood, details might change in the near future. Also since the launch is slated towards the end of this year, it’s not easy to pinpoint at the probable SoC. But again it’s likely that the Pixel 2 will come powered by a Snapdragon 83X. The MediaTek possibility can be ruled out since Google is no longer collaborating with the Taiwanese chip manufacturer.
The most interesting part of this report is the possibility of a budget Pixel phone called the Pixel 2B. Well, don’t be troubled by the ‘2B’ in the name as it is mostly for testing references. This budget phone is most likely to plug the gap that existed between the Nexus lineup and the Pixel. Google is further claiming that the Pixel 2B will be aimed at select markets and will bring the Google experience and Google Phone to the emerging markets. Needless to say, the Pixel 2B will come equipped with a less powerful hardware.
Google is also expected to increase the starting price of the next Pixel by at least $50 and the Pixel 2B is touted to be “significantly cheaper” that is if it’s launched. However, the Pixel 2B we are talking about might not actually end up being a Pixel phone, confused? Let me explain, the Pixel 2B might actually be positioned as an Android One phone or perhaps a new series altogether. That said the budget handset is also being developed by the same team as the Pixel and will not be sold in the U.S.