Google’s Pixel 2 pops up at the FCC with Active Edge and Android 8.0.1

With Android O allegedly being officially announced on August 21, another much-anticipated Google product has taken another step in its march towards its eventual launch; the smaller Pixel 2 (Walleye) has made its way to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As previously rumored, it does indeed appear that HTC is manufacturing the smaller of the two Pixel 2 handsets, with the Taiwanese handset maker filing most of the documents for the phone with the FCC. 

Thanks to the screenshots included with the FCC application, we can see that the smaller Pixel 2 goes by the G011A moniker in Taiwan and NM8G011A in the US, running Android 8.0.1. Around 21% of its internal storage would appear to be taken up by the system, with around 50.6GB free available for the user, leaving us to extrapolate that the handset in question has 64GB of built-in storage.

Previous rumors of the handset featuring HTC’s Edge functionality (as seen on the U11) would also appear to be confirmed, with the term ‘Active Edge’ being mentioned in the System Settings. The “8998” baseband relates to the Snapdragon 835, although it may also point towards the rumored SD836.

The filing shows that the smaller Pixel will support the four major US carriers, with support for AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s faster data thanks to the inclusion of LTE bands 12 and 66.

The FCC filing gives us a few more details on the Pixel 2, and although we probably have another 6-10 weeks until Google makes an official announcement, the excitement is building. Now we just need more details on the larger Pixel 2  that is apparently being built by LG. Are you looking forward to the Pixel 2?

Source: FCC

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).