Jun 12, 2017
Google Leak Reveals Pixel 2 'Shape Change'
The Galaxy S8 did it. The LG G6 did it. The iPhone 8 is expected to do it. And now new information suggests Google - GOOGL -3.43% is also set to change the shape of the upcoming Pixel 2…
Popular benchmarking software GFXBench has recorded information for a handset listed as the 'Pixel XL2' and it lists top of the range specifications which include a larger 5.6-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio, 2560 x 1312 display.
How do we know the pixels connect to an 18:9 aspect ratio? Because the wider 16:9 ratio used on the Pixel XL resulted in a 2560 x 1440 native resolution. But is it a bad thing the new Pixels would lose some of their resolution? Not necessarily because the aspect ratio suits reading very well and being longer but narrower makes phones easier to use one-handed.
The flipside is both LG and Samsung retained the same 1440 pixel width on their 18:9 aspect ratio phones, despite the narrowness, and crammed in more vertical pixels as well (2960 / 2880 x 1440 pixels respectively.
In reality, however, Samsung had to reduce the default resolution of the Galaxy S8 to 2220 x 1080 to save battery life and all pixel densities over 500ppi look stunning regardless.
Flagship Specifications All-round
But the new Pixel's display is not the only talking point. The GFXBench result also lists 4GB of RAM and an "octa core CPU @2.4GHz" and "Qualcomm Adreno 540" which is the Snapdragon 835 chipset used in US variants of the Galaxy S8. So it's fast.
Oddities are a front camera listed as 7MP when the Pixel has an 8MP front facing shooter and 100GB of storage. This raises some doubts about the listing, though it is also possible these specs were misread by GFXBench (it happens) and we're dealing with experimental prototype at this stage in any case.
But the big news remains the display. If Google is following rivals down the 18:9 route, the other key benefit is it should result in dramatically slimmer top and bottom bezels - perhaps the biggest criticism of the existing Pixel and Pixel XL devices.
With just 3-4 months before the launch of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, secrecy around the handsets remains incredibly tight for a sector famed for extensive leaks. As such talk of a third 'Pixel 2 XXL' remains up in the air and there have been no early design leaks as with the Galaxy S8 and redesigned iPhone 8.
No smartphone since the original iPhone has managed to avoid leaking in some capacity before release, so would it be a refreshing change to see Google pull this off with the new Pixels? Nah, these days we all like spoilers...
by Gordon Kelly