Last year, Google released the Pixel, the first smartphone designed and sold by the company, and billed it as the best smartphone for Android around. One year later, the company is gearing up to release the next generation of its smartphone, the Pixel 2. Google is setting high expectations. Its teaser video makes claims that its phones can solve problems like bad photos, storage, battery life, software updates, and more.
Adding to the mix are a series of leaks from sites like Droid Life and Android Authority, rumoring that Google will be expanding its hardware presence in a big way with new Google Home devices, a new high-end Chromebook, and new Daydream VR headsets.
Taken together, it’s starting to look like Google’s event will be one of the biggest hardware releases from the company in years. Here’s a rundown of what to expect:
While it seems that Google will have a few hardware products to announce at the event, the biggest thing will almost certainly be new Google Pixels. We’re expected to see two new phones to directly succeed Google’s existing lineup: a Pixel 2, and a larger Pixel 2 XL.
Of the two devices, the Pixel 2 XL is rumored to be the bigger upgrade. The larger phone is said to be getting a new screen design with reduced bezels reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S8, while the Pixel 2 is will supposedly offer a similar design to the original.
Android Authority claims to have gotten a hold of the specs for the new devices, which look like some big improvements across the board. In terms of new features, both phones are said to be getting a similar “squeeze” interaction to the HTC U11, along with optical image stabilization for the cameras. The new phones are also expected to rated for IP67 water resistance, which would put them on par with Apple’s recent iPhones (if not quite the IP68 rating that Samsung offers).