Google Pixel 2: Everything we know so far

UPDATED: No surprises left as everything leaks - Google's next flagship phones are coming courtesy of HTC and LG

Last year's Pixel wasn't the world-beating Google phone we hoped it would be. It's a fine handset, especially with stock Android Nougat and a simply sublime camera in the mix, but it sadly feels like a retread.

With its iPhone-esque design and lack of flagship features like a Quad HD screen or water resistance, the Pixel was merely good in a time of brilliant smartphones. But that could all change with the Pixel 2.

All the rumours and reports painted a compelling story of Google going for a flashy new design with the Pixel 2 XL, and maybe sticking with what worked OK last time with the standard Pixel 2 - rumours that were pretty much all confirmed after a major leak spilled the beans two weeks ahead of the big reveal.

If you're curious what to expect, here's a look at what we've seen and heard about from the Google Pixel 2.

When will the Pixel 2 be out?

Every flagship smartphone maker carves out a window for its big, annual announcement, and autumn is no exception. Samsung's Galaxy Note is usually in August, Apple's iPhone is in September, and Google's new Pixel (original shown) should come in October.

That would follow the pattern from last year, plus the Nexus 6P and 5X were debuted at the end of September the year prior. Earlier this year, Google hardware head Rick Osterloh told Android Pit, "There is an annual rhythm in this industry. So you can count on us to follow it." In other words, expect the Pixel 2 this autumn.

An exact date hasn't been officially confirmed, but according to Evan "@EVleaks" Blass, the Pixel 2 will be revealed on the 5th of October. That should put plenty of distance between Google and the rest of the Android world, which launched plenty of phones at the IFA show in September, and Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which arrived shortly after.

A Google billboard in Boston seemingly contradicted that report, though, highlighting the 4th as a potential reveal date instead. That's a day early than Blass' leak, and only a few weeks away at the time of writing.

How much will the Pixel 2 cost?

At roughly S$1075 for the base model (and S$1300 for the base XL), we thought the Pixel was maybe a bit too pricey for the kind of specs and features it packed in. But you probably won't see a price drop for the sequel.

In that same interview, Osterloh said that "Pixel stays premium," and that there won't be a cheaper, lower-end version available for the next Pixel. Meanwhile, back in January, a source told 9to5Google to expect the Pixel 2 to be "at least" US$50 (S$70) more expensive than the original US$649 (S$885) standard model.

The biggest leak to date, courtesy of DroidLife, suggests those prices might not be entirely accurate. The base 64GB Pixel 2 could start at the same $649 (S$875), and the 128GB premium version arriving at $749 (S$1010). The larger Pixel 2 XL will start at $849 (S$1140) and jump to $949 (S$1275) for the 128GB model - not too far off the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X.

What will the Pixel 2 look like?

Last year's Pixel had a distinctive edge, thanks to that glass cutout on the back, but otherwise looked a bit too much like a dull iPhone knockoff. This time around, however, we might get a phone that's closer in trend to Android's current flagships

Did you see that video above? It's a leaked render from Onleaks and MySmartPrice, who claim that it's from a trusted source and should represent the near-final design of the Pixel XL 2. Amazingly enough, it tallies almost perfectly with the DroidLife leaks that appeared recently - suggesting they are on the money.

As you can see, it seems to find the middle ground between the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, with a flat, extra-tall, 18:9 display and very minimal bezel. It's reportedly a 6in AMOLED display – falling right between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in size – and will surely be a Quad HD screen again for the XL 2.

We still get a glass cutout on the back, but it's shorter and the fingerprint sensor has been moved below it. It should still be within comfortable reach despite the taller phone design. The camera module seems to stick out slightly from the main body, which suggests Google has given up on the wedge-shaped chassis it went with for the original Pixel. It potentially points to even better camera hardware than last year's phone, but all signs point to a single snapper instead of dual-camera shenanigans.

Colour choices seem to be locked in, too. Expect black, two-tone black and white (with a contrasting red power button) and a new "kinda blue" colour completing the trifecta.

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