Google Pixel 2 Rumors – Budget Pixel in the works, higher price for Premium variants

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

The Google Pixel was announced in October 2016 but up to now, many out there have yet to see this phone shipped to their desired destinations.

Before they even get to see the Google Pixel, word has already started creeping out of Google’s chambers with claims that the Pixel 2 is already in the works. Apparently, there are quite some impressive developments coming in, which according to 9to5Google, are “from a source that has been reliable” for quite some time now.

There have been talks of a better waterproofing feature than the IP53 certification that the Google Pixel phone came in with, probably something like (or close to) IP68. With many companies coming in with much better cameras than what the Google Pixel phones came in with, albeit on paper (Google Pixel camera has the highest DxOMark for a smartphone – 89), the search engine giant is reportedly targeting an even better camera for the Pixel 2. As it is, don’t expect more megapixels, but be sure to get lots of extra features as the company targets becoming a master of low-light photography.

The same report also adds that the Google Pixel 2 phone is currently being tested with much better processors than the Snapdragon 821 last year’s model came with, but this time, there are two different chipset manufacturers. If the source is to be believed, Google is testing the Pixel 2 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 83x and Intel chipsets.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

As for the budget model, which will reportedly be known as Google Pixel 2B, the rumor says that this phone will ship with trimmed-down specs that go hand-in-hand with its budget price. Like other budget phones from Google before the Pixel, this phone, which may be launched together or shortly after the Pixel 2, will target emerging markets but still keep the Google Phone experience.

Given that the Google Pixel 2 will come with a better camera, a more improved CPU as well as IP certification, the phone will reportedly get a higher price tag (at least a $50 increment) than the $649 the debut version came in with. This is not good news for previous Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X owners, especially for those who could not manage to shift from the latter model to the newer 5-inch Google Pixel variant because of the price. However, since the source also notes that the search engine giant will possibly debut a budget-friendly version of the Pixel 2, this market segment should indeed be catered for.

Be reminded that these are just unconfirmed reports, but given the trust that 9to5Google has afforded the source, we could end up seeing some or even all of the mentioned details materializing later this year. As for now, don’t get too excited, but keep following us for more of this story and others.

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