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This is our best look yet at the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2

We got a first look at the Pixel XL 2 earlier this month, and a new leak out of MySmartPrice gives us a detailed look at the Pixel 2 and the larger Pixel XL 2. The 3D renders are based on CAD designs given out to accessory makers, and given the publication's accuracy with the Galaxy S8 leak, there's a high probability that this is what Google's 2017 flagships will end up looking like.

The renders highlight a tall display, and with LG set to be the manufacturer, it's likely we'll see an LG G6-esque 18:9 panel. It looks like the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will offer a dual stereo speaker configuration up front. The USB-C port is located at the bottom, and as there's no 3.5mm jack at the top, it's possible Google is following in the footsteps of Motorola, HTC, and Xiaomi in eschewing the headphone jack.

It looks like the Pixel and Pixel XL 2 will retain the glass window at the back, although it doesn't reach down all the way to cover the fingerprint sensor. The overall design doesn't seem all that different, with the phones sporting a similar brushed metal aesthetic with rounded edges. While there's no dual camera setup, the imaging sensor itself is larger, and juts out slightly from the body. The rumored dimensions for the Pixel 2 are 145.3 x 69.3 x 7.8mm, while the Pixel XL 2 is set to come in at 157.6 x 76.3 x 7.9mm.

We don't have a whole lot of information regarding the internal specs, but it's likely the Pixel and Pixel XL 2 will be the first to be powered by the Snapdragon 836, a mid-cycle refresh of the Snapdragon 835 with a 10% uptick in performance.

What are your thoughts on the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2?

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

73 Comments
  • Functionally, what does the Pixel2 offer that the original Pixel doesn't? I think we may have reached peak smartphone, with no new real innovation. (I eventually sold my Pixel for a Moto G5+, and don't really notice any day-to-day difference in functionality.)
  • I tend to agree, although how's the camera difference? I'd imagine that there's a drop there.
  • Probably, but the camera seems functional enough for my needs. (but I'm color-blind and probably not the best judge)
  • Front facing speakers, water resistant, bigger screen. That's good enough for me. Really wish my pixel XL had those things. Loss of a headphone jack will be a bummer for some but personally I never use mine anyway. Bluetooth receiver in the car and Bluetooth headphones.
  • I hope the front facing speakers and water resistant are true along with a bigger screen and smaller bezels. I'm not a real fan of the 18:9 ratio, but understand that many people thought the N6 was too wide. I was not one of them.
  • Although I do use the headphone jack on my Pixel, I'd agree that front facing speakers is a good trade-off, because I use the phone's speakers more than headphones simply due to their always being there. The bottom facing speakers of the Pixel are good enough, but front facing speakers would be great.
  • What could you possibly use front facing speakers for that is worth giving up a headphone jack? Front facing speakers are garbage and it's annoying when people blast them in public.
  • They can always make it faster, increase the overall specs, and put in more gimmicks. It would take a lot to get me to upgrade every year. I currently upgrade every two or three years.
  • “Headphone jack.....satisfyingly not new” Remember that.....
  • I thought about the same thing.
  • If the dimensions are correct, the Pixel 2 is larger than the OG Pixel but the screen size is the same. At least based on initial reports of a 5 inch screen. Google is going the wrong way. Also with the Pixel 2 being thinner they better not have skimped on the battery size.
    Is it possible that Google opted for a larger screen size in the Pixel 2? Based on the CAD design the Pixel 2 seems to have smaller forehead and chin bezels than the Pixel but is taller.
  • Taller due to the 18:9 aspect ratio they are moving to. 
  • Not the Pixel 2. Only the Pixel 2 XL has the 18:9 aspect ratio. The Pixel 2 is keeping the regular ratio per rumors/leaks from AP.
  • So pixel 2 will be earlier than note 8 to have the sd836?
  • Earlier? No.
  • That is what is implied when it says the Pixel will be the first device released with the SD836. It essentially means the Pixel 2 will have it earlier than any other device, and the Note 8 is not exception. I believe the Note 8 will come with the SD835, same as the S8/S8+.
  • I'm excited about front speakers.
    I am saddened about 18:9. Narrow and tall becomes more awkward for a large device.
    If there happens to be wireless charging, I would be extremely excited.
  • Wait, no headphone? That will be extremely disappointing.
  • i really hope this 18:9 doesn't stick around, i hate it
  • I still miss 16:10
    It was the best for wide display for great two thumb typing and lots of area without being so tall it becomes awkward in your pocket
  • I didn't think I'd like the aspect ratio when they first started coming to market, but after using an S8+ for a few weeks, I really like it. Like anything else you grow accustomed to the change, and it no longer seems awkward. Honestly, overall the S8+ is barely bigger than my Pixel XL (just a centimeter taller or so, and actually narrower), yet offers MUCH more screen area. It's not awkward feeling at all, and the odd ratio really seems more a result of the efficient use of screen to body ratio and small bezels than anything.
  • I'm using G6 now and like it mostly, but a quarter inch wider (and no taller) would be awesome.
  • I typically carry my phone in my front pocket. With my Nexus 6P peeking out, I can expect the Pixel XL 2 to be even worse. That being said, I'm happy there'll be front speakers, and water resistance.
  • I hold the same regard for 18:9 screens. There is nothing functional about creating a stick-like phone just to have a longer diagonal length for the spec sheet but a lower overall area. Besides, it's not a great viewing experience.
  • Does it have SD slot? If not, I'll pass.
  • Of course it won't. Is this your first rodeo?
  • Very likely no. Google phones haven't had secondary storage for years.
  • Google did away with the SD card several Nexus generations ago. Why would you expect them to include it on the Pixel 2 now?
  • Wasn't the Nexus S the last with an SD card slot? I don't ever recall having one. But I was a fool for Verizon back then and had to wait around for the GNex.
  • Same here. Back then, T-Mo coverage here sucked, and I hated ATT, so I was stuck with VZW. So the GNex was my first Nexus. Loved that phone. Have mainly used Nexus devices since, but I have used a couple Galaxy devices and the Moto X line, but always came back to Nexus and Pixel. But honestly, I'm.super happy with my S8+.
  • Definitely getting one
  • Any word on if it is Verizon exclusive again?
  • Whether it is Verizon exclusive or not (I am a VZW customer anyways), I am going to buy it from Google Store ... IF I buy it.
  • And then you wonder why I call them iPixels? Spare me. This is shaping up to be just another sad attempt at an iPhone rip off. The only question will be who in the end wins the "best attempt at cloning the iPhone" prize. Google or OnePlus.
  • This looks pretty different from any current iPhone and any renders I've seen of the iPhone 8. I'm not really sure where you're getting that. Is it because it has the camera in the corner or because it doesn't have an SD card slot? Like what do you want them to look like? What design hasn't already been done? And regardless of the outside, Android will still always be very different from iOS.
  • - Same general design all around (pretty different? I wish we could attach pictures to replies...)
    - Same lack of microSD
    - Same camera bump (alongside the same camera positioning)
    - Same lack of heaphone jack for no good reason (courage!)
    - Same lack of wireless charging (though probably not for long)
    - Same lack of customisation on the OS
    - Same overpriced tag. You're right. Android will always be different from iOS...thanks to other OEMs. Because stock Android shares the same bareboneness and lack of real user customisation that iOS has)
  • - if you're going to use "same general design" as an example of copying then every modern metal phone is a copy of the HTC one m7 - the camera bump is a different size and depth but same general placement - I think it's hard to say that the lack of a feature is copying. Does that mean it's also copying the iPhone because it doesn't have a glass back? Or because it's not leather? I could go on forever - the lack of a headphone jack makes water resistance easier and I think it's pretty safe to say a significant portion of people don't use it anyway. I don't think I've ever used the one on my pixel. - and even stock Android is way more customizable than iOS especially with customer launchers. - no metal backed phones have wireless charging - and you're dumb if you buy a phone for full price anyway. Premium devices come with premium price tags. That's the way it is. Things cost money.
  • You realize the comparisons you named off aren't features of Android, they're features of the phone manufactures. Neither Android OS nor iOS have anything to do with those features.
  • I'm curious what iPhones you've been looking at.
  • Doesn't really look much like an iPhone, though, at least from these renders. If anything, it looks more like a G6 with slightly larger bezels for the speakers.
  • Some people think that any rectangular phone is an iPhone rip off. Sigh... And, yes, at one point in the Apple vs Samsung trials, Apple did suggest that Samsung could avoid infringing on Apple's design by making a non-rectangular phone!
  • Looks a bit thick. Let's hope because the battery is massive.
  • that is a fat little phone... i have a feeling i'll be deciding between this and the Note based on battery life and Camera
  • I want it now! I need it now! If Google doesn't keep it in stock so I can pre-order I will burn the world in a furious rage.
  • Looks expensive.
  • I'll probably get it. Hard to go away from hardware/software manufacturer combo now that we have it on Android. I'm sure there will be even more benefits this time around.
  • Looks like how the first one should've looked
  • Hey Google, hurry up and release the dang thing, ever did I sign up for pre order?????
  • well, glad I got a GS8+ when my 6P died. No headphone jack is a 100% dealbreaker.
  • Stereo speakers and a good level of water resistance. Bring it on. Then, I can finally take a Pixel to the pool and the water parks, instead of being forced to make my 7 Plus the default summertime, funtime, family vacation/outing phone.
  • No 3.5mm jack, no micro sd. I guess innovation is to lose features and functionality. Maybe soon smartphones won't have displays or speakers.
  • One day. An implanted chip with brain/network interface will be losing all of that. I assume the lost features then will be considered not innovating by you?😉
  • Your watching to much Sci fi, that won't happen. Fi = fiction = fake.
  • FYI. The winky face emoji means not serious for future reference.
  • Nexus phones haven't had SD card slots since 2011. That ship has sailed, long ago. You can stop talking about it.
  • Nexus phones haven't be around since 2015, stop talking about them. Why are you so offended by that snowflake?
  • That's like saying that Pixel phones haven't been around since 2016. The Nexus was still sold well into 2016, it's been less than a year since the Pixels were introduced.
  • I hate to be a stubborn 1-issue 'voter', but the loss of a headphone jack is just a total deal breaker. I love my Pixel 1, but looks as if I won't be replacing it w/ a Pixel 2. I live on podcasts & music during two long commutes every day, and can't count the number of times I forgot to charge bluetooth, or couldn't find them so just grab one of my many pairs of 3.5mm headphones to hit the road. Truly sucks to lose the headphone jack, let alone the ability to charge/listen simultaneously.
  • I don't like this move either but it won't keep me from upgrading. It may take purchasing a few more adapters but it doesn't leave current headphones useless.
  • Could you just keep the adapter attached to your headphones though? Idk if you need it elsewhere but if that's your main use then just keep the adapter with those headphones and problem solved.
  • No expandable memory and no headphone jack means no sale from me. To all the yahoos who say "don't you know that Google did away with the SD card slot ages ago!", I know that already. That doesn't mean I can't complain about it. Consumers can vote with their objections, voices, and buying decisions!
  • There is no reason to complain about it ever. It's not happening and you know it. It's a waste of your time and our time.
  • Sorry, I disagree that there's no reason to complain. Consumer voices will be heard. Flossy Carterr on YouTube is still complaining about removable battery, for petes sake. And never say that it'll never happen, looks like Google's bringing back front facing speakers for example.
  • If the smaller one has the stereo speakers and is similar in size to the Moto G5 Plus I'm using now, this will be my phone when my current ones get paid off. I can put up with the lack of headphone jack for better speakers. Moto has slacked lately with speakers. Maybe they will have some kind of always on display.
  • I am beginning to wonder what the big deal is with water resistant phones...the fine print I read says it doesn't apply to pools and ocean waters...yet you see pics of people taking pics in the pool. Regardless i am excited to see the final product.
  • Water resistance generally means that water won't penetrate until it reaches a certain pressure, usually not until about 3 feet of water depth or more. Meaning that rain, the shower, or even dropping it into a glass of water or the toilet should be fine. This is compared to waterproof, which means it should keep water out at any reasonable depth. So using a water-resistant phone in the pool should be fine, provided you don't drop it and let it sink to the bottom.
  • Shove it up yer arse Google! Either bring back a Nexus or i'll save my 2-300 blips (🍷)
  • Those front facing speakers are welcome. Very disappointed the headphone jack is gone but I guess I will have to deal with it. If it's too expensive then yeah no.
  • The lack of a headphone jack, if true, makes my decision much easier, especially when you factor in the likely price difference: I'll be getting the OnePlus 5. Water resistance would be nice, but it's not that important to me. I'd rather have a 3.5mm headphone jack. I listen to music on high-quality headphones constantly, so Bluetooth headphones aren't an option. Perhaps a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter would work, but that's kludgy (just like the Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter on the iPhone 7).
  • No headphone jack no sale. There is absolutely no reason to exclude it in a phone that will probably cost $800.
  • I give 2 s#its about the front facing speakers, make the overall phone smaller and give me thin bezels, I have a iPhone 7(work) and a pixel XL, I tend to reach for my iPhone because of the size but I like having the larger screen, I hope Google doesn't give us a bever tail phone
  • USB type C transfers a digital signal so perhaps no head phone jack will turn out to be beneficial. If Google supplies digital headphones or even if we can buy them we might end up with much better sound through them than if we were using the old analog 3.5 jack. When I listen to my Nexus 6p at home it is thru the 2 front facing speakers so I hope the next Pixel has them. The lack of dual front facing speakers was one of the reasons I felt justified in keeping my Nexus 6p.
  • assuming this is close to reality of how the pixel 2
    will look like. The essential may/will give it a good run for its worth