Premium Google Pixel 2 and Cheaper Pixel Smartphone Variant in Progress

Google Pixel 2 and budget Pixel under development

This is unusual for Google. The typically slow-moving corporation now seems to already be working on follow-up models to the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. One is slated to be another premium smartphone, while a budget Google Pixel variant is also in the works.

The Google Pixel 2 is the next-generation Pixel smartphone that will feature more powerful processors. Google is reportedly testing chipsets from two different manufacturers for this phone; namely, Intel and Qualcomm. It appears that Google might be facing the same dilemma as Apple, with their possible choice to ditch Intel and go with Qualcomm for the mobile WiFi modem chipset.

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That’s one of the reasons it might cost even more than the already-hefty price tag on Google Pixel models with top-end specs.

Waterproofing didn’t make it to Google Pixel, but sources have changed their stand – from the feature “definitely” being part of Pixel 2, to “still on the table” for the device.

Another big feature on Pixel 2 is expected to be in the camera area. Though the smartphone will “not have large MP size”, it is expected to “compensate in extra features.” It’s anyone’s guess what that means, but it’s not unreasonable to assume that the “extra” features could either be something as mundane as social sharing, or some new type of functionality that helps with low-light photography – an area where both Apple and Samsung, Google Pixel’s main competitors, have tremendous expertise.

Meanwhile, the company is wasting no time developing a cheaper variant with not-so-snazzy specs and not-so-expensive price tag. This last part sounds like it could tie in with Google’s plans to bring the Android One program to the United States so it can leverage Android’s dominant position while keeping tight control over how it is deployed.

A cheaper Pixel version does make a lot of sense because Android straddles everything from premium smartphones with high three-digit price tags to low-end smartphones with limited capabilities.

It’s clear that Google wants to be in the smartphone space in a big way, so it’s not surprising that the company is moving at unheard-of speeds to put their plans into action.

The surprising part is that it is Google that’s doing it. The company has a reputation for sitting on high-potential technologies like AI and still barely scratching the surface in terms of revenues.

This is the first time we’re seeing Google’s more athletic, nimble side as it negotiates the tough and unforgiving smartphone market in the United States and around the world.

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