There is no Snapdragon 836

The launch of Googles second generation Pixel phones is nearing

The launch of Googles second generation Pixel phones is nearing

Here is what we think will come when the Pixel 2 arrives later this year. While the Snapdragon 835 SoC is not bad by any means, this could be slightly disappointing for the enthusiasts who were hoping to see an upgraded version of the flagship chipset with Pixel 2. However, we can not confirm at this time what SoC will be featured in the upcoming Google flagships, but we do know that it will not be the Snapdragon 836 as it simply does not exist. Google Lens, which was talked about by the company during the IO developer's conference, will also be rolling out officially alongside the Google Pixel 2 smartphones. This was one of the biggest drawbacks of the 2016 Pixel smartphones that they were not waterproof. The feature is similar to Samsung's Bixby Vision and was announced at the Google I/O event in May. Since the image is heavily blurred, we can't really comment on the design-aspect.

The report further reveals the phone's camera will use EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for capturing superior quality images in low-light condition. The feature will be integrated with other Google offerings such as Google Assistant and Google Photos.

In terms of timing, a separate source indicated that accessory manufacturers have embargoes for Pixel 2 products on October 5, the same day previously reported as a potential launch day. The bezels have been kept to accommodate front-facing speakers which will be favoured in place of the 3.5mm headphone jack which is definitely gone on this model (and we suspect it's gone on the Pixel XL 2 as well).

The phone will have IP68 rated dust and waterproofing. Previous rumors had suggested that the handset would come with an updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor. We've heard that there will be two sizes, like a year ago, and that it may get features like a squeezable frame, slimmer bezels and Android Oreo, Google's next software.

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