tThe first generation Google Pixel phones were a massive hit for the search giant. Bearing the front panel design, both the Pixel and Pixel XL received praises from every corner of the world. However, they were not the perfect phones in the market because they lack some of the essential flagship smartphone features.
The positives in the first generation Pixel smartphones are- great camera, excellent build quality, buttery smooth performance, and decent battery life. The negatives in the Pixel and Pixel XL are sub-par design, lack of wireless charging, not water and dust resistant smartphone, etc.
Now that it’s almost confirmed that Google is working on the second generation Pixel phones and some of the features are already rumoured, here’re the top five features which we would love to see in the second generation Pixel phones.
The trend in 2017 flagship smartphones is the wide display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ boast of Infinity display, and the LG G6 has Full Vision Display. A recent GFXBench listing of Google Pixel XL 2 suggests that Google will use the 18:9 wide display.
Also, the upcoming flagship phones- the Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30 will use the same wide-display technology. So, Google Pixel 2 must feature a wide display. Furthermore, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have the ugly looking bezels on the top and bottom.
Water and Dust Resistant Properties
The major feature which lacked in the first generation Pixel phones was the IP68 certification. Last year’s flagship phones- the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge came with IP68 certification, which means you can take the device into the water for 30 minutes. But the Google Pixel lacked this essential feature. The Google Pixel 2 should come with IP68 certification.
What started as a trend in 2016 smartphones has become a normal feature in 2017. Except for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ and HTC U11, all the flagship phones in 2017 released till date came with dual cameras. The Huawei P10 & P10 Plus, LG G6, Xiaomi Mi 6, Nubia Z17, etc. has dual rear cameras. Even the upcoming OnePlus 5 will have support for dual cameras.
That said, Google should equip two cameras in the upcoming Pixel 2 smartphones. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were the best camera smartphones of 2016.
Another feature which the Pixel smartphones lacked was wireless charging. The Galaxy S8 & S8+, LG G6 has support for wireless charging. Google should add this feature in the Pixel 2 series.
This may not hurt a regular person, but for media lovers, stereo speakers are much-required in a flagship phone. The Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus has stereo speakers, whereas the HTC U11 has BoomSound Hi-Fi speakers. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ comes with a single mono speaker. Google should add stereo speakers in the Pixel 2 smartphones.
What features would you like to see in the Google Pixel 2 lineup? Let us know by commenting below.
Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.