Fall is one of the best times to buy a new smartphone. It's when many of the top tech manufacturers launch their new products, like Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 that was released in August, and Apple's new iPhones that were announced just recently!
But, while Samsung and Apple compete for your attention, there's another contender you may have forgotten.
Do you remember last October when Google launched the Pixel and Pixel XL? These were the first smartphones that were branded as a "phone by Google." Now, one year later, Google is hoping to shake up the market again by releasing the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
What sets the Pixel 2 apart?
Image: Concept design of the Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 is said to have an upgraded version of Google Assistant. Already, the campaign slogan, "Ask more," is being used to highlight this improved virtual assistant's capabilities. Apparently, the new Google Assistant is intelligent enough to do more than what you ask for. Whether or not this holds up is still to be decided. For now, Google has only shared this video to tease the product.
Specs & release date
The Pixel 2 and XL are expected to be manufactured by LG. The smaller of the two will have a 4.97-inch screen with HD resolution and 4 GB of RAM.
Both of these devices are expected to run Android Oreo. They're also said to have an "Active Edge" feature, much like "Edge Sense" in the HTC U11.
For processing, the Pixel 2 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset, if rumors are correct. This chip has yet to be seen, but experts believe it could put the Pixel lineup ahead of all others on the market.
Two front-facing speakers have also been rumored to be part of the Pixel's design, and it looks like Google may be following Apple's lead by removing the headphone jack.
When it comes to the camera, you probably won't see a dual-camera setup on the Pixel 2. But, there haven't been many details released on the specs in that area.
Now that you know what Google has to offer, here's the real reason you should wait to buy a new smartphone: Google's launch event for the Pixel 2 is scheduled for October 4! It's also expected to be priced between $600-$900.
So, before you run out and buy a new iPhone or Samsung, it's best to wait until all of the specs of the Pixel 2 have been confirmed. You certainly don't want to spend close to a thousand dollars on your new smartphone, only to find another phone down the road that you would have liked better.
And, even if your sights are still set on a new iPhone, you're still better off waiting for the prices to drop. Click here to see when we're expecting Apple to shave down the price tag, or offer discounts.