It seems like Google’s upcoming smartphones, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL won’t have the processor advantage over other top-tier smartphones of this year as many had originally hoped. New reports suggest that both these new generation smartphones will be using the Snapdragon 835 similar to devices like Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5 and LG V30.
Reports from last month had suggested that Qualcomm was working on a new processor, Snapdragon 836, and this new and slightly improved processor will be the one powering up Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. However, now reports from XDA Developers are surfacing that there is no new processor in development and the Google smartphones will use the same processor being used by other high-end phones, taking away the slight performance advantage these devices might have had.
Back when the original Pixel and Pixel XL were announced, Google was the first company to use the Snapdragon 821 processor while other flagship smartphones from different companies were still on 820, which is what led many to believe that the new devices will follow the same trend.
A recent FCC filing also seems to confirm these reports, at least in the case of HTC manufactured Pixel 2 as the listing confirms the smaller Google phone will be using the Snapdragon 835 like other flagship devices.
There is no concrete confirmation regarding LG’s Pixel 2 XL but considering that both Pixel and Pixel XL used the same Snapdragon 820 processor last time, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine them having similar specs this time as well.
Since releasing their devices this late into the year isn’t exactly giving Google an advantage in terms of specifications, they will need to come up with something truly unique and interesting to rival the other flagship smartphones available right now. Hopefully the expected unveiling of these devices on 5th October proves worth the wait.