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Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Uh Oh: This Year's Google Pixel Might be Missing the Headphone Jack

Uh Oh: This Year's Google Pixel Might be Missing the Headphone Jack

We all know that the Google Pixel 2 is coming, especially after the praise heaped on last year's models.

Taimen, the device that will likely succeed the Pixel XL, will feature a 5.99-inch screen with 1440p OLED panel sourced from LG (according to Android Police, Google had planned to release three Pixel smartphones this year, but had scrapped one of them, "Muskie", partway through development).

This larger, Google Pixel XL 2 smartphone would feature an LG OLED display. Both the smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset clocked at 2.45GHz and pack 4GB RAM. A new leak offers some plausible details.

Google's upcoming sequels to the Pixel and Pixel XL are pretty well anticipated at this point. Further, the device is touted to come with 64 GB storage and will have stereo speakers.

Overall the new Pixel 2 devices are shaping up to be mostly consistent with current flagship devices in the market this year from a hardware standpoint. The Pixel 2 XL is expected to land shortly after, though there now isn't enough information for proper speculation.

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The larger model, codenamed Taimen, will have a 5.97-inch display, which makes it quite a big smartphone that will probably prove to be hard to handle one-handed. The base storage has also been bumped to 64GB on both devices. Based on the information we have now, has Google done enough to make the Taimen and Walleye stand out from the Pixel and Pixel XL?

The smaller Pixel device will feature a familiar 4.97-inch display with FHD resolution.

The smartphone will be equipped with Snapdragon processor 835 and 4 GB of RAM.

Do you think that will be enough to generate the kind of interest Google was able to achieve a year ago with the initial launch of the Pixel phone line? However, this might be something that'll be addressed in the future, and we have no way of knowing whether it means anything beyond a place-holder or left-over name that'll be changed as development progresses. There's also rumblings that Google will launch a cheaper variant with slimmed down specs in order to tempt the more budget-conscious users. The details suggest the two devices, now codenamed Taimen and Walleye, will come with 5.99-inch and 4.97-inch screens. The phone would feature a Fingerprint Scanner at the backside and not underneath the display. Regardless, this year's line of Google-branded smartphones should be pretty interesting.

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