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Google’s three Pixel 2 devices will be as powerful as the Galaxy S8

Google is expected to launch at least two Pixel 2 phones this fall, although some say it has three devices in the making. A new leak indicates that all these three Android gadgets will be as powerful as the Samsung’s hot Galaxy S8, as they’re all going to be based on the same flagship mobile platform, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.

Just like with recent Pixel 2 leaks, this detail comes from Google’s AOSP code, and was first discovered by WinFuture.

Walleye and Muskie are the known code names for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, respectively. Taimen, meanwhile, is also a codename for a third new Google device that might be launched this year.

At this time, it looks like all three devices will make use of the Qualcomm MSM8998 chip, which just so happens to be Qualcomm’s best system-on-chip platform for Android devices. The Snapdragon 835 is one of the most powerful mobile processors out there, at least when it comes to Android devices, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see Google eyeing Qualcomm’s silicon for its high-end Pixel phones.

Google already confirmed earlier this year that the Pixel 2 phones will arrive in the fall, just as anticipated. The company also said they’ll be competing in the high-end sector, just like their predecessors. That means the Pixel 2 devices will have to offer high-end design and top-shelf specs to go against the Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 8.

Other details about Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 devices have not been leaked, aside from the processor that should power them.

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Google’s three Pixel 2 devices will be as powerful as the Galaxy S8

 

Google will release a new Pixel phone this year

The Pixel represents Google’s first proper foray into the smartphone market, allowing the search giant to directly compete with Apple and cement Android’s reputation as a premium platform. While sales have been steady, it’s been particularly hard to get a hold of one due to component shortages. That hasn’t dampened the company’s plans to continue investing in its own smartphones, though: according to Rick Osterloh, VP of Hardware at Google, there will be a successor to the Pixel this year and will continue to carry a high price tag.

 

“There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it,” Osterloh told Android Pit in a briefing at Mobile World Congress. “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.” In response to questions regarding a low cost Pixel, the Google executive simply told reporters: “the Pixel stays premium.”

Although Google is keeping information to a premium, its typical development cycle suggests a Pixel 2 will go on sale in the fourth quarter. The current Pixel launched in October 2016 and Google has held launch events at around the same time for Nexus phones in the past.

Earlier this week, Osterloh indicated that while the Pixel brand remained reserved for its handsets, it may not make any more of high-end Pixel Chromebooks. Google’s hardware chief quickly moved to reassure consumers that “Google’s own Chromebooks aren’t ‘dead” but the statement still leaves things in the air. Google may still continue to make its own Chromebooks, but they might be released under a new name.

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