The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were released in October 2016, but their prices are a little bit too high for some of the Android fans with limited financial resources. But hearing the rumors that Google might release a budget version gave fans hope that they will finally afford to buy the next gen Pixel devices.
First, it was rumored that Google’s next Pixel models will be waterproof, then Stephen Hall from 9to5Google reported that the company has an ongoing project and it’s currently developing the next Pixel smartphones. According to speculations, Google is trying to improve the camera, in order to “master low light photography with the next-generation device.” Stephen Hall also claims that there will be two different variants of Pixel devices with two different processors, as he got this information from a source.
This source has informed Hall that the upcoming budget Pixel will have weaker specs and a “much lower price tag”. Both Pixel devices that were launched this fall have the same specs, but they have different sizes. The Google Pixel has a 5-inch Full HD display and houses a 2770mAh battery, while the Pixel XL is a phablet with a 5.5-inch QHD display and a 3450 mAh battery.
If Google will actually bring budget versions of the current phones, they will most likely have the same sizes. When it comes to specs, it seems that one variant of the new phones that’s being tested is powered by a Snapdragon 83X processor, while the other has an Intel chip. The same source said that Google had a temporary partnership with MediaTek, who should have built a processor for one of the variants.
The budget Pixel that was nicknamed Pixel 2B is expected to be launched “alongside or shortly after Pixel 2” and it will have a price similar to that of the OnePlus 3T or ZTE Axon 7. It’s not sure if there will be just one cheaper Pixel or Google will bring a phablet version of it that will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The company hasn’t confirmed this information and you should take these rumors with a bit of salt.