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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 in a nutshell: Specs, UK release info and more

The original Pixel phone launched in the UK in October 2016, but already we're hearing some serious rumblings about the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, coming later in 2017. Here's what we know so far about the second generation Pixel handsets.

Good news for fans of Google's super-premium Pixel phone and its bigger brother, the Pixel XL. Google has already revealed that a new Pixel handset will be launched in 2017, despite the original devices being just a few months old.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are serious iPhone rivals, offering top-end specs and some impressive features including one of the best mobile cameras around. All of that awesomeness is wrapped up in a gorgeous glass-and-metal frame and comes packing an eye-watering price tag. Like we said, these are basically the Android versions of an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, in every respect.

Rick Osterloh, Google's head of hardware development and one of the key creators of the Pixel phones, confirmed to AndroidPIT that a Pixel 2 phone would be coming out later this year. We've already seen some leaks and rumours spreading across the web, while it's easy enough to predict some of the Pixel 2's key features. So here's what we know - and what we think we know - about the second Pixel and the bigger Pixel XL 2 so far.

Check out everything you need to know about the original Pixel and Pixel XL phones over in our Google Pixel hub.

Will a Pixel XL 2 phone launch in 2017?

Yes, there will once again be a 'Plus' model of Pixel 2, in the form of the Pixel XL 2. This will once again boast a bigger screen as well as some bonus features to justify that increased price.

Sleek design and plenty of colour

You can bank on Google paying close attention to the new Pixel 2 phone's design, as the unique and eye-catching good looks of the original Pixel was one of its strong points. We're expecting more vibrant colours to emerge for the Pixel 2, along the lines of the 'Really Blue' original Pixel.

We reckon the Pixel 2 will steer away from the half-and-half glossy and matt finish of the original phone, however. Google's old Nexus phones were designed by different manufacturers and sported a very different look and feel from the previous generations, so we'd expect the same from the Pixel family. Last year's Pixel and Pixel XL were manufactured by HTC, but you can expect a new partner for the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

Web rumblings point to slender bezels, just like those on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. In other words, the displays on the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL should almost fill the front of the devices, for a big-screen experience in a pleasingly compact form factor.

No headphone jack

The first major leak concerning the Pixel 2 surrounds the headphone jack. This dinky round port has been a real cause of controversy of late, after Apple decided to ditch support for its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Google even made fun of its Cupertino rivals when marketing the first Pixel phones, pointing out the Pixel and Pixel XL's headphone jack in adverts.

But it looks like the jack might be dropped for the second generation of Pixel mobiles, after a leak from an unidentified source spread across the web. Personally we wouldn't be too surprised. This should help to make the Pixel phone nice and slim, and who knows - Google might even launch its own version of Apple's AirPods.

Water resistance

With most rival flagships such as the iPhone 7, Sony Xperia XZ and Samsung Galaxy S8 all boasting a water resistant design, it's no shock to hear the new Pixel phones will likely sport the same resistance. That means Twitter obsessives don't need to dodge a shower each day, just because they can't put down their smartphones.

Snapdragon 835, Daydream and battery life

The original Pixel phones boasted the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, the most powerful (at the time) Android processor around.

Qualcomm has already launched its sexy new Snapdragon 835 chipset for 2017, which is capable of even more impressive processing power. Not to mention up to 1Gbps download speeds. If the latest benchmarking leaks are to be believed, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will both come packing the 835, backed by 4GB of RAM.

The Snapdragon 835 will take mobile VR to the next level, allowing for complex virtual scenes to be rendered in real time. You should also have more complex environment interaction, allowing you to grasp and poke objects to your heart's delight. Which means an even better Google Daydream VR experience than we're currently accustomed to, and a true tetherless rival to the HTC Vive.

So far there's been little chat about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's battery life. However, with the 835 on board, you will also hopefully get Quick Charge 4.0 support for ultra-fast charging at the plug. Of course, this feature was mysteriously omitted from the Xperia XZ Premium, something that Sony hasn't officially commented on.

You can also expect well over a day of life from a single charge, something we loved about the original handsets.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL UK price and release date

Rick Osterloh didn't just reveal that a new Pixel 2 phone was in the works; he also let on that it would be coming later in 2017.

A lot of speculation is circulating the web about the possibility of a sneak peek at Google I/O 2017 in May. However, Google tends to use this conference to reveal new software features and updates, such as the newest version of Android OS. Citing the mobile industry's 'annual rhythms', Osterloh remarked that Google wouldn't be bucking the trend any time soon.

As Google is in the habit of launching new mobiles just after Apple's latest iPhone launch, you can expect the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 to be revealed in a special event around October 2017.

As for the UK pricing, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will once again be premium devices. Expect to pay at least £649 for the base handset.

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