Google Pixel
The Google Pixel phone is displayed during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, Oct. 4, 2016. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

The Google Pixel device was launched in October 2016, and despite its software and camera glitches, has had a good run so far. The Pixel series replaced the existing Nexus line of devices.

But that might not mean that Google would give up on the strategy that it employed with the Nexus devices. From 2010 to 2015, Google launched a Nexus device every year, from the Nexus One to the Nexus 6P.

According to T3, Google might follow the same launch strategy. The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL2 are expected to be launched by October 2017 and might be made by HTC, which made the 2016 Pixel devices.

Here are five expected features of the Pixel 2 series smartphones:

Snapdragon 835 processor

The Snapdragon 835 seems to be the smartphone processor of choice for 2017. The processor is expected to be powering flagship devices this year including the Note 8 and S8 devices.

The processor is built using 10nm processor technology, which provides better performance and battery life than existing processors.

QHD resolution display for the Pixel 2

Google might upgrade the Pixel smartphone display from 1080 x 1920p to 1440 x 2560p, making the display at par with the Pixel XL.

Dual cameras

One of issues with the 2016 Pixel device was the camera lens flare. The 2017 device might have a dual camera setup, following in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung.

Daydream View 2 compatibility

The new device is expected to be compatible with the new Daydream View headset, which is expected to be launched this year. The Daydream View headset is expected to have advanced VR capabilities with a special focus on VR gaming, and it will need a powerful device to support it.


Google is expected to increase the RAM in the Pixel series devices from 4GB to 6GB to support added functionalities, more powerful specs and most importantly the next iteration of the Android OS.