Details about the next generation of Google’s Pixel smartphones, tipped to be called the Pixel 2, have emerged. According to a report by 9to5Google, Google plans to improve add waterproofing to the phone and improve the camera and processor, but all this would come at a higher price. However, the report notes that the company may also be working on a budget Pixel device, which would feature lower specifications.
While the source earlier told the website that the feature would “definitely” be coming to the next Pixel, the source later said that this feature was “still on the table.” This seems to suggest that the feature is not yet guaranteed to be included. However, considering that most flagship devices waterproofing, it wouldn't be surprising if Google does include the feature. The source also said that the company is also aiming to improve the new device’s low-light imaging capabilities. Adding that the camera will “not have large MP size,” but will “compensate in extra features.” The report also says that multiple Pixel 2 smartphones are being tested, “some with Snapdragon 83X chips, others with Intel chips.” Further, MediaTek was also collaborating on the Pixel 2 at one point, but isn’t anymore. Google reportedly expects the new phone to be “at least” $50 (approx Rs. 3,400) more expensive than the current Pixel.
Further, a few prototypes of the budget version of the phone, internally referred as the Pixel 2B, are being tested. The source notes that the budget phone would be aimed specifically at emerging markets.