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Google is partnering with HTC and LG to bring forth an upgraded family of smartphones called Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Just like its predecessors, these devices will feature upgraded hardware and will be running a smoother version of Android called stock Android. The advantage of owning phones sold through Google is that these mobile gadgets will be the first to receive the latest software and security updates, but a new rumor claims that you might have to pay a lot for a Pixel 2 XL.
The $849 price of the phone is $100 higher than last year’s flagship, so there are some upgrades that you should be looking forward to. However, the leaked images reveal lots of things missing from a high-end phone, which can easily be found on the iPhone 8 Plus. From the lack of a dual-camera, to a radical design overhaul the Pixel 2 XL was earlier rumored to feature, getting 64GB for a $849 might become a hard sell.
The 128GB will be sold for $949 but because these devices do not ship with microSD card slots, you will have to rely on the internal storage for the future. The larger Pixel 2 XL is manufactured by LG while the smaller version is made by HTC. LG has a greater command in smartphone manufacturing, with evidence being the recently announced V30 so Google has hired it to commence operations for the larger phone.
For the hardware specifications, the phone features a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. Stock Android is more optimized than the heavily customized skins other manufacturers use so even 4GB of RAM will suffice for the user.
Unlike the bezel-less display forms other manufacturers have adopted, Pixel 2 XL will look like its predecessors, so that could mean Google will be generating a higher profit margin with future sales. Carriers will no doubt come with their own string of deals so if the unlocked versions are too expensive, customers can always switch to a different line if they feel the carrier is offering a better deal.
Other rumors state these devices will forego the headphone jack when they are announced next month and will come with their own audio accessory based on the USB-C interface. Wireless charging will not be supported by either model but the Android software could have exclusive features initially.