Google Pixel 2 leak promises low-end model and improved camera

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The floodgates for Google Pixel 2 leaks have opened following a tweet from 9to5Google senior editor Stephen Hall that stated the second-generation device would “definitely” be waterproof, according to an October interview with the company.

Now, 9to5Google has received further details about the upcoming handset from an insider source, who tempered expectations for a waterproof device, noting that the feature is “still on the table.” The source goes on to state that Google is continuing to put a strong emphasis on camera performance. With the Pixel 2, Google aims to “master low-light photography,” ditching a high megapixel camera in favour of one with a more robust feature set.

The first-generation Pixel’s camera was reportedly pitted against waterproofing during development. To include both, the company would have needed more development time and the resulting phone would have cost more, according to Hall’s tweets.

Additionally, the source says the Pixel 2 is testing improved chipsets from two manufacturers: “some with Snapdragon 83X chips, others with Intel chips.” With these new additions, the Pixel 2 will reportedly bring a higher price than the original Pixel by at least $50 USD. However, Google is testing lower-end Pixel devices with lesser specs and a lower price tag that could be ideal for emerging markets.

The original Google Pixel debuted in October 2016, and launched to glowing reviews with an aluminum body, Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 12.3-megapixel rear shooter with an impressive DxOMark score.