The stories that were previously leaked to the world about the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL kept fans on the edge as they awaited this new release.
However, some renders leaked have been a cause for concern for those waiting to upgrade to the new device. The leaks were provided by a leading information leak, Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @Onleaks. This is a reputed and accurate leaker, so his leak is one that should not be overlooked. The 5-inch Pixel 2 and the larger Pixel 2 XL show two major flaws in their design.
The first bit of bad news is the removal of the headphone jack
Google seems to have taken a page out of the Apple book and also removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. This means that people who buy the phones will have to use the nearly obsolete Type-C headphones or use wireless headphones, since only the Type-C USB ports have been left on these devices. This is quite bewildering when you consider the fact that one of the features highly advertised by Google during the launch of the Pixel, was that it came with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Google has obviously taken a step that puts it at a disadvantage against the iPhone. The new range of competing phones such as Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Note have all kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, making them the clear market leaders amongst people who would love to use their headphones on the new phones.
The second bit of bad news is the weird hulking camera
Last year, Google Pixel was acclaimed as having the best camera in the smartphone industry; and it has kept this position till today. They had said that the camera had a flush finish, when compared to the bulging cameras found on iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.
This year, the leaks provided by Hemmerstoffer show that the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a rear camera that seems unfashionably bulky. This not only affects the aesthetics of the new phones, but it also means that the phones will not lie flat when placed on a flat surface. The camera edge will also get scratched and dented since it will be against the surface when it is placed down.
Fans’ wondering what the reason behind this move was – perhaps a good reason?
The first edition of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, all had flush cameras because the manufacturer had omitted the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) module. This was because the camera movement was tied to the gyroscope. Although this was fantastic for still photos, it was pure havoc for videos taken in low light. Now this may be the reason why the camera has become bulky if Google decided to add the OIS to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL models.
If this is not the reason, then what could be?
Well, Google is yet to give a good reason for including the bulky cameras in their new models, and Hemmerstoffer has said that the source for the leaks is credible. The leaks brought about mixed reactions from fans who saw the phones as being unfashionable when compared to the competing iPhone and Samsung galaxy models. As a result of this, the sales of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL may suffer to some degree.
For those who value the features of a smartphone over the aesthetics and handling, the new versions will be a welcome investment, but for most who view their phones as an extension of their personality, the bulky camera may be unpalatable.