Google Pixel 2 (Walleye) leak: Big bezels, front-facing stereo speakers, and a missing headphone jack

Google doesn’t care about industry trends. One of its upcoming phones, the smaller Pixel 2, won’t have key features that are common in 2017 flagships. Instead it’ll have some things you see in the modern flagship and some things from the past. There isn’t a real focus on design here, that’s for sure.

The hype train for Google’s next batch of hardware is moving fast, and it’s gaining serious momentum now that new reports are coming out frequently. Google just can’t hide many of the major details regarding the Pixel 2. Today we’re getting a wealth of information, including an image, in a single leak from Evan Blass of VentureBeat.

Here’s a live shot of Walleye, the smaller of the two phones coming later this year:

It’ll be HTC, who partnered with Google in 2016 for the Pixel, manufacturing Walleye. Blass says Google won’t be enlisting the same company for the other, bigger model. Instead it’ll be a Nexus-style approach in which two companies make two different phones. LG has been tapped to assemble Taimen, the spiritual success to the Pixel XL. Both, though, will have a single camera on their backs rather than embracing the dual-camera setups we’ve seen on phones like the OnePlus 5.

A headphone jack will also be missing from Walleye and Taimen. The phones will rely on Bluetooth technology for wireless connections to other devices. Because of the omission, Google is expected to include an adapter that creates a headphone jack through the USB-C port.

The large bezels above and below the display on the smaller model are evident. They won’t be carried over to Taimen, however. HTC’s going to bring similar bezels over from the 2016 Pixel to Walleye while LG is going to copy the FullVision 18:9 display from the G6 for the larger model. Despite the difference in bezels, Google will have front-facing stereo speakers on its phones for the first time since 2015.

A launch event for Google’s next Pixel phones should happen next month, and the release date for Walleye and Taimen would then be sometime in October.

Source: VentureBeat

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.

  • Urban Stuff

    Honestly, I’ll still buy it. I’d hope they do us a favor and include a headphone to USB adapter with the Pixel 2 but I could go buy that on my own. It’s better than a $1000+ iPhone 8 or Note 8.

  • Robert Barrett

    With only 4gb it’s worthless. My Motorola Nexus 6 from two years ago has 4gb. This phone is going to have memory problems and eventually freeze up.

    • Sloff1155

      While I agree that 4GB is not as much it should be 6-8 it also depends on how good of quality memory they use.

  • Ware52

    Terrible looking phone given the competition. I hope the XL isn’t as ugly…

  • pda96

    Not caring about industry trends??? So why remove the headphone jack then? Apple copy cat……Dumb!!!

    • Sloff1155

      It’s funny Apple was not the 1st to remove the headphone jack don’t be an Idiot

  • Sloff1155

    Motorola the first phone company to remove the headphone jack so APPLE is the COPY CAT

  • rbfx4x

    Why would anyone in their right mind pay for a so called flagship phone with less flagship features? They should include dual cameras and a hifi quad dac equipped headphone jack. Sure, you can say I can use Bluetooth headphones, but until the quality matches wired headphones, I’m not convinced. Also what if I need to charge my device while using headphones on an international flight? You can’t charge and use headphones at the same time with a stupid dongle in the usb port.