Google Pixel 2 Pixel XL 2 appear in official-looking renders

Less than 48 hours prior to their scheduled unveiling, we’ve got our best look yet at the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL smartphones.

Official-looking renders posted by Evan Blass at Venture Beat show the Android 8.0 smartphones in all their glory.

The images posted late on Monday show the handsets manufactured by the Pixel team at HTC (which just came under Google control) and LG respectively.

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Blass says both smartphones will boast the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that also powers the LG V30 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 handsets.

Alongside the images, Blass appears to confirm many of the other key specs rumoured in recent weeks.

The HTC-made Pixel 2 (above) will have a 5-inch 1080p display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The flagship Pixel 2 XL (below) made by LG features a 6-inch display with a QHD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio.

That’s made possible by a severe reduction in the forehead and chin of the larger device, giving users much thinner bezels and a homescreen that appears to be curved at each of the four corners.

Blass also reiterates what we’ve been hearing from other sources, with 4GB of RAM and top storage of 128GB expected across both phones. Single lens 12-megapixel rear cameras will reportedly be included on the pair, as will a pair of front-facing stereo speakers.

Release dates outed

The report also drops the dime on potential release dates. Apparently Google is going for a staggered roll-out.

The Pixel 2 will arrive on October 19, according to the report, while those waiting for the Pixel 2 XL will need to wait until November 19.

Prices are expected to mirror last year’s, starting at $649 for the 64GB Pixel 2 up to $949 for the 128GB Pixel 2 XL.

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