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Confirmed: Pixel 2 will have HTC U11-like squeezable frame

Confirmed: Pixel 2 will have HTC U11-like squeezable frame

As per the FCC listing (via Reddit), Google Pixel 2 series is confirmed to be manufactured by Taiwan-based HTC, which built the first-generation Pixel models a year ago. Google revealed earlier that it is planning to launch Android 8.0, likely to be named "Oreo" in Q3 2017 to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and ecosystem, making its way immediately to users of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL devices first.

Screenshots of the smaller Pixel 2 also confirms that the device will run Android 8.0.1 and will include Google Assistant by default.

Now that details about the HTC-made Pixel have come out, expect details about the larger phone to be out soon.

Even though the listing doesn't give out all the details of the Google Pixel 2, there are some things we can gather.

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"Unfortunately, there's a request for confidentiality pertaining to various diagrams and descriptions, so there aren't any photos of the device", says Android Police's report, but there are still some screenshots from the Settings app with additional information. Keep in mind that this is the regular sized Pixel 2 smartphone and not the Pixel XL 2 - which is expected to be manufactured by LG.

With HTC seemingly looking to put its own spin on an officially branded "Google Phone" this time around, the Taiwanese company has turned to its own flagship smartphone, the HTC U11, for some "squeezable" inspiration. The FCC document mentions that Pixel 2 will ship with an "Active Edge" feature. Apparently, there's the number 8998 in the baseband, which all but confirms Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 or the much-talked about Snapdragon 836 will be the one running the show. If anything, it makes the phone future proof, but if you are not so happy about it, you might enjoy the fact that the Pixel 2 may come with dual front-facing stereo speakers.

Many sections are not so happy that the Google Pixel 2 might lose the 3.5mm audio jack. We'll have to wait for an official announcement to know more about the upcoming Google Pixel devices.


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