Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Expected Features and Rumours, Release Date, Price

It’s been a year since Google’s first handsets Pixel and Pixel XL released and the hype is still alive. Manufactured by HTC, they both are great devices featuring great build quality, terrific cameras, and stock Android software. They also showed us the true capabilities of Google Assistant and what Google can achieve by having control over hardware and software.

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In the recent months, Google has been rumored to launch the upcoming Pixel 2 lineup, which will also feature Pixel 2 XL. It was initially rumored that Google would release two Pixel devices this year. The smaller of the two is codenamed Walleye, while the XL variant goes under the Muskie moniker. Then, again came the reports that the company is also working on a third device, dubbed Taimen, which is expected to be even larger than the Pixel XL. However, according to rumors, it now looks like the tech giant will in fact only release two smartphones this year. Google has decided to cancel the Muskie variant. This means, only Walleye and Taimen will be announced, with the Walleye being the successor to the Pixel, while the Taimen will be a larger version of the Pixel XL.

These upcoming flagships phones – Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are among the most awaited phones this year. Ahead of its release, many rumors have started ramping up about the devices. So here we are going to discuss what features of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are to be expected, release date, price, specifications, design, etc, to give you a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming Pixel series.

Google recently released a teaser video which shows some interesting google searches regarding smartphones. These staged searches likely hint at some of the upcoming features and improvements we can expect from the new Pixel devices. Those questions are:

  1. What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?

  2. Why is my phone always out of storage?

  3. Why does my phone take so many blurry photos?

  4. Why doesn’t my phone understand me?

  5. Why can’t my phone update itself?

  6. Why is my smartphone so slow.. hot.. fragile.. annoying… broken… cruel… impersonal… dumb??

Who will make the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL?

The first rumors claimed that Google has teamed up with HTC for manufacturing the upcoming Pixel generation. New rumors have popped up suggesting that the company will actually be working with LG, at least for the larger of the two devices. This means that the most likely scenario at this point is that the Pixel 2 will be made by HTC, while its larger variant will be manufactured by LG.

  1. Specifications

  2. Processor

  3. Display

  4. Memory

  5. OS

  6. Camera

  7. More Features:

  8. Release Date and Price:

  9. Conclusion:


Just like their predecessors, Walleye (Pixel 2) and Taimen (Pixel XL 2) will offer high-end specs.


There has been speculated that Google would be using a Qualcomm processor known as the Snapdragon 836. Lately, though, there has been some doubt as to whether the 836 is a real processor. According to a recent FCC listing, the devices will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and not the Snapdragon 836, as noted leaker ‘Evan Blass’ claims.

Google's second-generation Pixel handsets, powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC's, will be unveiled on October 5th. — Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 24, 2017


In June, XDA Developers claimed to have obtained details about specifications for both of the upcoming Pixel phones. For Pixel 2, XDA mentions a 5-inch, 1080p display in a chassis that is very similar to the previous model. However, the latest rumors suggest that the Pixel 2 is expected to sport a 4.97-inch display with Full HD resolution.

The Pixel XL 2 is expected to sport one of LG’s OLED panels, measuring 6 inches in size, with a 1,440p resolution.

According to XDA-Developers, the Pixel XL 2 (and presumably the regular Pixel 2 as well) might come with an ‘Always On’ Ambient Display mode.


It’s rumored that Pixel 2 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage space, keeping in line with earlier expectations. The Pixel XL 2 will have 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space.