With the kind of fame Google’s Pixel smartphone duo received, it was only a matter of time before talks of their successors started circulating around the internet. Leaks and perceived renders of the next lot have been incessantly pouring in, but as always, the ones that surface closer to the launch date are expected to be the most accurate ones.
Here, we provide you a quick look at the development of the rumors and speculations pertaining to the next set of Pixel phones (including concept images, tentative specifications and what not) in the chronological manner as they happened:
Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel XXL Leaks Timeline
August 4, 2017: It has been tipped that Google’s Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 may not feature the 3.5mm audio jack and rely on Bluetooth and the USB Type-C port for audio playback.
July 24, 2017: New news trickles in regarding the phone, which says that it may flaunt Quallcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 836 chipset.
July 12, 2017: An image claiming to feature the accurate representation of the next Pixel smartphone (Taimen) appears, showing a curved rear, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an LG-made 6-inch AMOLED display, 3D glass, and a a design with minimal bezels and rounded corners, amongst others.
June 27, 2017: More information about the phone appears, trying to foretell the specifications they would sport. Taimen is supposedly coming with a 5.99-inch display (1440p resolution), OLED display, 4GB RAM, 128GB ROM and Snapdragon 835 processor.
For Walleye, the expected specifications are a 4.97-inch FHD display, stereo speakers at the front, 64GB storage, and no 3.5mm audio jack (there is an expected USB Type-C audio port, though).
June 13, 2017: Reportedly, LG will be replace HTC as the manufacturer for the ‘Taimen’ smartphone. Also, this could have something to do with Google wanting to use LG’s OLED display for their own phones.
June 12, 2017: Another GeekBench appears, this time of a phone christened ‘Pixel XL2’, that speaks of the phone containing a 5.5-inch display, Android 7.1.1, 100GB storage, 4GB RAM, 12MP (back) and 8MP (front) camera.
June 7, 2017: A new leak has emerged that includes an image of smartphone (more a work of photoshop than a credible one), which shows a near bezel-less display and design along the same lines as the original duo.
Furthermore, it depicts a dual camera setup at the back, and puts the processor to be a Snapdragon 836 one (which is currently under works).
May 12, 2017: A GeekBench listing of Taimen pops up, claiming that the device would come running on Android O OS and be powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core processor of Qualcomm make.
April 25, 2017: This marked the first ever breakthrough into the possible specifications of the smartphones, saying that the three would be powered by the then yet-to-be-released Snapdragon 835 chipset.
March 16, 2017: A third device named Taimen pops up, indicating that the next bunch of Pixels would, in fact, be a trio. This is one is said to be biggest (physically) out of the three (probably a phablet).
March 15, 2017: News emerges that the new Pixel range has the codenames Muskie and Walleye (for the smaller and bigger model, respectively), continuing the company’s tradition of nicknaming phones after species of fishes.
March 3, 2017: At the MWC held in Barcelona, Rick Osterloh, then stated that Google is looking to release next smartphone after the completion of a one-year cycle (similar to Apple).
January 27, 2017: Reportedly, the next Pixel smartphones, then identified as Pixel 2 and 2B getting readied, would cater to two different price ranges.
Further, it says that the two may be water resistant, something the original ones were not. The choice of processor to be used is divided between Intel and Snapdragon 83X chips.
The report also put out the tentative launch of the phones at the end of this year.
Google Pixel 2 Launch Date
The new set of Google Pixel phones is expected to go official in October 2017.