Google Pixel 2 leak hints at huge bezel – but there’s good news too

Hoping for a bezel-free Google Pixel 2 smartphone that mimics its all-screen rivals? We’ve got some bad news for you.

This year, we’ve seen a clear trend of smartphones ditching the humble bezel. Flagship handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X have been dominated by screen, signalling a futuristic design trend that’s only going to become more popular in the next few years.

It was originally believed that Google would follow suit with the upcoming Pixel 2, but that might not be the case.

An image has been posted to SlashLeaks that depicts what’s claimed to be protective covers for the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. What’s striking is that the phones appear to have radically differing designs.

Check it out:

Google Pixel 2

Credit: SlashLeaks

The Google Pixel 2 XL cover looks very familiar to other bezel-free phones we’ve seen this year, including the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. But the good news is that the Google Pixel 2 cover seems to have a huge bezel surrounding that harks back to last year’s original Google Pixel.

This could be bad news for Google; with so many phone makers having now adopted all-screen front designs, the Google Pixel 2 runs the risk of seeming outdated right out of the gate – aesthetically, anyway.

Of course, we should remind ourselves that there’s no way of verifying this leak. SlashLeaks regularly hosts unverified “leaked” images, and it’s entirely possible this is just a hoax. That said, we’re so close to the probable Google Pixel 2 launch now that any new leaks are much more likely to be accurate.

Google is hosting a major product launch event on October 4. We’re expecting the company to debut both new Pixel phones at the event, so remember to check back on Trusted Reviews as we’ll be reporting live from Google HQ on the night.

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