Google set to launch second-generation Pixel phones on October 5

After the excitement of the Galaxy Note 8 launch yesterday it’s time to turn our attention towards another handset that has been the source of so many leaks – the second-generation Pixel. It’s an open secret that Google will launch two new Pixel smartphones later this year, with HTC reportedly making the regular-sized variant and LG the larger one. Today’s leak has revealed which processor will provide the grunt for the 2 handsets as well when Google will announce them. 

It should come as no surprise that mobile industry insider Evan Blass has revealed that the new Pixel smartphones will be powered by the Snapdragon 836, a tweaked version of the Snapdragon 835 that we’ve seen under the hood of the Galaxy Note 8, both Galaxy S8 models, the OnePlus 5, and the Moto Z2 Force. If true, and let’s face it, the source has impeccable credentials, the new Pixel handsets will be the first to sport the Snapdragon 836. Google is also said to be taking the wraps off of the two new Pixel phones on October 5th, just 6 weeks from today.

Unlike the current trend of smartphone flagships featuring dual rear cameras, the new Pixels are said to carry on with a single sensor on the rear panel. If so, is that a bad thing? I don’t remember many people complaining about the camera on last year’s model, Jared Peters reviewed last year’s Pixel XL and had this to say about its camera:

“You really can just point and click at anything and the phone makes sure the lighting looks good”

Other rumors say that the audio jack has been left out from both the new Pixel handsets. The smaller Pixel ‘Walleye’ is thought to carry a sub-5-inch display with Full HD resolution, while the LG built ‘Taimen’ could have a 5.99-inch OLED panel with 1440p resolution and possibly an 18:9 aspect ratio, as seen on the G6.

With just 6 weeks to wait, you can be sure that more details will emerge in the meantime. What are the odds on Google launching the rumored Mini Google Home and Chromebook Pixel along-side the new Pixel smartphones at the same event on October 5th?

Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

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).