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Google's Pixel 2 phones

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New Google Pixels will likely appear on Oct. 4. Here's what we know about them so far New Google Pixels will likely appear on Oct. 4. Here's what we know about them so far

Google's Pixel 2 phones will be announced at a 9 a.m. event in San Francisco on Oct. 4. Plenty has leaked about them already, although as usual, some of the most prominent rumors— such as the use of a "Snapdragon 836" CPU—are probably wrong. Here's what we think we know.

How many phones will there be?
Two Google phones have recently passed the FCC. The smaller Pixel will be made by HTC, and the larger pixel will be made by LG.

What will they cost?
There are no good rumors out there about the price of the new phones, but they're likely to be priced similarly to last year's Pixels: $649 and $749.

Which carriers will they work on?
The phones will work on all US carriers, but they will be sold only by Verizon, according to Android Police editor David Ruddock.

What are their features?
The smaller phone is supposed to have a single main camera, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and significant bezels. Android Police scoped its FCC listing to find 64GB of storage, and claims the phone will have a 5-inch, 1080p screen, 4GB of RAM, front-facing stereo speakers, and no headphone jack. 9to5Google also says there will be a 128GB version.

The larger phone is probably based on the LG V30, which has a curved, 6-inch OLED screen, a rear fingerprint sensor and dual cameras, one of which is wide angle. However, rumors say the new phone won't have a headphone jack, while the V30 does, and an image posted by Android Police shows a single rear camera.

Looking at the LTE network band list for the larger phone, Droid Life says that unlike the V30, the phone doesn't support T-Mobile's new rural Band 71, another blow for the company as it tries to expand rural coverage.

A Geekbench test result for the larger phone, codenamed "taimen," shows results very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The result also shows 4GB of RAM.

Several commentators say that both phones will have a squeezable frame, similar to the "Edge Sense" on HTC's U11 phone. I don't buy it, and I think Edge Sense may only be on the HTC version of the phone.

Ruddock also says the new Pixels will almost certainly not have wireless charging, but both phones will be water-resistant, according to 9to5Google.

Both phones will run Android Oreo 8.1.

Google's Feature Promises

 Google put out a teaser video on YouTube asking a bunch of leading questions, each of which will probably be answered by one of the phone's features. Here's what they want to ask:
  • What's wrong with my phone's battery?
  • Why is my phone always out of storage?
  • Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?
  • Why doesn't my phone understand me?
  • Why can't my phone update itself?
  • Why is my smartphone so slow? Hot? Fragile? Annoying? Broken? Cruel? Impersonal? Dumb?

Some of this is odd ("Why is my smartphone so cruel?"). But a lot of it is more obvious: promising a sharper camera, better voice recognition for the Google Assistant, and longer battery life. We'll find out more on Oct. 4.


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