In 2 days time, Google is expected to announce the next generation of their flagship Android handsets.
Two devices are expected, the Pixel 2 ODM’ed by HTC and the Pixel 2 XL manufactured by LG.
While the first device is expected to look a bit clunky, smartphone watchers had high hopes for the Pixel 2 XL, which was expected to have the now industry standard edge to edge screen.
Evan Blass has now leaked two pictures which shows the device from the front for the first time, which generally confirms the rumours, but also confirms that LG still remains a second place runner to Samsung.
The device continues to sport both prominent bezels and top and bottom margins, seemingly dedicated to stereo speakers, and if the side view (in case) is any indication also sports considerable thickness.
At least the device does not have a prominent notch but is clearly much less elegant than the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
The Pixel 2 XL is expected to be available in white and black with a 6-inch, 2,880 x 1,440 18:9 aspect ratio display and likely the latest Snapdragon 835 processors paired with 4 GB RAM. Its main feature, however, is that it will launch with the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo, and being a Pixel handset should remain up to date for some time to come. It should of course also feature the excellent camera the series has now become famous for, but still only packing a single 12-megapixel primary rear camera while dual cameras have become de rigueur for flagships this year.
The Pixel XL 2 is rumoured to be priced at $849 for 64GB of storage and $949 for 128GB, hitting the market November 15th.
See high-resolution pictures posted by Evan Blass below.