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2nd Generation Pixel Phones: What To Expect

by Rassoul EdjiNovember 24, 2016

The Pixel phones from Google have taken the world by storm. No one expected Google to have made this years phones. Even more surprising was the name change from Nexus to Pixel. All of these aside; the Pixel is easily the best Android phone of the year. This is the first crack Google has had at making its own phone and it has came out to be this good, so what is to be expected next year when Google releases their second generation Pixel phones?

There are not a lot of things that could be improved with the Pixel phones because all most all of the points are scored with the phones. The most prominent change that needs to be made to next years Pixel phones is the design of the phones.

Design

Currently the designs are not very striking. They are thick and very industrial. Of course, we would prefer it if Google doesn’t make the phone thinner but instead puts bigger battery in there but I still think the design can be improved. Thinner bezels, especially since the phone doesn’t have front facing speakers or any kind of button (physical, virtual, or fingerprint sensor) there is no real reason for the bezels to be so thick. Ideally, Google would add front facing speakers and also reduce the size of the bezels to make for a better looking and better sounding phone. The buttons on the phones are really good. Tactile and clicky. There is no camera hump so that is a plus.

It all comes down to minor tweaks in terms of design changes that would in the end account to something larger. Smaller bezels, front facing speakers and a better looking phone would mean that the Pixel would actually be amazing in performance and in looks and ergonomics.

Hardware

Processor

A top of the line phone in 2017 calls for top of the line specs. Almost certainly the 2nd generation Pixel phones will ship with the new Snapdragon 835 which will allow it to be 40% more power efficient and 27% faster. This is thanks to its new 10nm architecture that Qualcomm developed with the help of Samsung. The Pixel is already blazing fast and has great battery life. This 27% boost in speed and 40% boost in power efficiency coupled with the next version of Android will hopefully mean that the 2nd gen Pixel will be even faster and have even longer battery life than the first gen Pixel.

Memory and RAM

4GB RAM is honestly still enough but if they could fit in 6GB without giving up space that could be used for a bigger battery that would be appreciated and make for an even better multi-tasking experience on Android. I hope to see a 256GB variant of the Pixel next year to go along with the 32GB and the 128GB. This would ease the pain of those who do not like the fact that there is no SD card slot.

Battery

Of course, with the new Snapdragon 835 comes Quick Charge 4.0: Allowing you to get 5 hours of battery life in 5 minutes of charge. Impressive. Besides this, there are a lot of different things that come with this that benefit us, for example the fact that Quick Charge 4.0 will be USB-C and USB PD compliant. Quick charge 4.0 along with a battery between 3,800mAh and 4,000mAh would mean that the 2nd gen Pixel both charges extremely fast and also lasts a long time, both of which are wins in my book.

Display

Since Google was toying with things that resembled 3D touch I think it is reasonable to think that they have (or had) plans to incorporate this technology into a display some time. It would be interesting to see if they do indeed add 3D touch into the next Pixel phones. I would like them to add it because it would open a lot of opportunities and possibilties for both Google and 3rd party manufacturers.

Camera

Although Google has explained that the reason the Pixel doesn’t have OIS is so that it can do better in low light I still think it would be valuable for it to have OIS. Maybe even both OIS and EIS? Having them work in conjunction with another would be great. OIS in bright situations and EIS in dark, low light situations. A bump in general specs for the Pixel would also be appreciated. Something like: 16 megapixel f/2.2 Quad LED flash would be nice. A nice spec bumb for the front facing camera would also be appreciated. A 10 megapixel front facing shooter would be excellent for all those selfie lovers.

I wont talk about what I would expect about the software of the next Pixel phones because that is an Article for another time.

Let me know what you think is going to be in the next Pixel phones. Don’t forgot to leave a rating either.

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Rassoul Edji
I write about the ever changing world of tech so that you are up to date as to what is happening in it.