Google’s first set of smartphones are yet to complete their debut year in the market, and rumors have already started pouring about the next iteration of the Pixel and Pixel XL. Based on the latest reports, Google Pixel 2 Camera – the next generation Google smartphone will boast a better camera and processor, along with carrying a pricier tag than the current version that sells at Rs 57,000. But Google won’t be overlooking budget conscious consumers as it is expected that a more affordable version of the next Pixel smartphone is also in the works.
The original Google Pixel comes with a camera that has a DxOMark ranking with a score of 89. According to latest reports, Google will be focusing primarily on the camera of the Pixel 2 and is aiming to make low-light photography even better on Google Pixel 2 Camera. It is expected that while there won’t be a boost in megapixel count, there will be insertion of certain subtle features that will make even the standard megapixel count deliver maximum results. To recall, the original Pixel features a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with a 1.55μm pixels and f/2.0 aperture. It also comes with PDAF and laser detection auto-focus technology. Up front is an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.4 aperture and fixed focus. While the current Pixel smartphones do not offer a dual-camera setup, we could expect the feature to make its debut in the next versions.
For the Pixel 2, it is expected that Google will use improved chipsets from two different manufacturers. Given that there will be a low-end Pixel variant, dubbed Pixel 2B, it would naturally have average specs and carry a lower price tag. While some reports hint at Snapdragon 83X chipset, others have suggested that Google will opt for Intel processor. Earlier it was also reported that Google was collaborating with MediaTek for its Pixel 2. A report on 9to5Google quotes a source saying that Google has also been working on developing a custom chipset for a test device, but it is not certain if the same chipset will power the Pixel 2. Furthermore, the next Pixel smartphone is likely to be water resistant. Given that the Pixel 2B will be a low-cost variant aimed at emerging markets, one can expect the premium features to skip this device. With more water and dust resistance rating, the next set of Pixel smartphones could be at a better position of competing with the upcoming iPhone 8, which is expected to come with IP68 rating making it the highest level of water and dust resistance ever on an iPhone.
Coming to the pricing of the next set of Pixel smartphones; based on the reports, the Pixel 2 is expected to have at least a $50 increase in its price. The original Pixel smartphones cost $649 onwards in the US so that suggests the Pixel 2 could cost close to $700. The Pixel 2B, on the other hand, with its lower specs and features, will naturally cost lesser.