At a press meeting at the MWC 2017, Google’s Senior Vice President of Hardware, Rick Osterloh, confirmed that the Pixel 2 will indeed be coming out this year, though he mentioned that the device would “stay premium,” according to smartphone enthusiasts AndroidPIT.
“There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it,” said Osterloh. “You can count on a Google Pixel successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now,” he added.
Late last January, Unbox picked up on rumors concerning Google’s sequel to the well-received Pixel smartphone, the Pixel 2. According to tech blog 9to5Google, the company is designing a budget phone for the 2-series called the “Pixel 2B”, made specifically for emerging markets. Guess we can put these rumors to rest now, with a senior VP chiming in the “premium” bit? Here’s hoping he’s just talking about the flagship Pixel 2 device and not the entirety of the line-up.
As for spec rumors on the Pixel 2, there’s barely any. Gossip from the grapevine speculates that the second iteration could cost $50 (~Php 2.6K) more than the first Pixel due to upgrades in chipset, camera configuration and perhaps an IP68 certification.