It looks like everyone needs to go put a reminder in their Google Calendar for October 5th. That day, according to a leak from Evan Blass, suggest that will be the day that we see the all new Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel XL 2.
Google’s second-generation Pixel handsets, powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC’s, will be unveiled on October 5th.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 24, 2017
For those who may not know who Evan Blass is exactly, he’s a reporter for Venturebeat and has been one of the most reliable resources for inside leaks on upcoming device launch dates and details on those devices. He’s pretty amazing actually and I recommend following him on Twitter.
Put it this way: Those of you who are long time readers know I rarely post anything leak related. But I will post something from Evan Blass because it is 98% likely to happen.
As he put in his Tweet, the new Pixels will run on the Snapdragon 836 SoC and will be the first phones to run on that processor. Qualcomm has been developing the 836 for several months now. They will also, of course, be running Android Nougat 8.0, likely a 8.0.1 build by the time they are actually released.
Based on the leaks from other sources, it looks as though the Google Pixel 2 will remain largely the same in design and style as the original. However, the Pixel XL 2 will have a near bezel-less design and new camera configuration. How close those leaked mockups are to the real thing is yet to be seen.
Perhaps a larger question for Chrome OS users is if there will be an updated Chromebook Pixel announced around this same time. Rumors of a Chromebook “Eve” have been circulating all summer with suggestions that it will be a powerhouse of a Chromebook with Google Assistant support, fingerprint scanner and a stunning 2400 x 1600 display.
Since the last Chromebook Pixel was from 2015, it is time for a new flagship Chrome OS device and this October 5th event could well and truly be an “All Pixel” event.