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Google Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 Won’t Be Powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC


Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones are set to release this fall, and recent rumours indicated that the tech giant would be the first to introduce Qualcomm’s yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 836 SoC However, fresh reports now refute this claim stating that Qualcomm is not working on any Snapdragon 836 SoC and that it doesn’t exist, at least for now.

XDA Developers cites its ‘very reliable’ sources to report that the Snapdragon 836 SoC doesn’t exist at all. It claims that the company is currently not working on any such processor, but the source doesn’t claim that it won’t happen in the future. Qualcomm may very well have a new SoC planned for Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, but the Snapdragon 836 isn’t on the table for discussion now.

Qualcomm, last year, introduced an iterative update to the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and the original Google Pixel devices had the Snapdragon 821 SoC integrated inside. However, it isn’t every year that Qualcomm practices this trend, and looks like this year the Snapdragon 835 has done well for itself, and the solid processor doesn’t really need an update at all. Even Android Police corroborates the same claim in a separate report, lending more weight that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will sport the Snapdragon 835 processor only.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones are tipped to launch on October 5. The HTC-manufactured Pixel 2 is expected to feature a EdgeSense style frame, the Pixel XL 2 is expected to be made by LG, and sport a bezel-less 18:9 display. Both will reportedly run on Android 8.0.1 Oreo.

Additionally, the Pixel 2 is expected to come with 64GB and 128GB of built-in storage options and will support NFC, Bluetooth, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The smartphone will sport 4GB of RAM and the handsets have also been tipped to sport an ‘Always On’ display mode. The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are rumoured to feature a 4.95-inch full-HD and 5.99-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) displays that will be manufactured by LG. Furthermore, the Pixels are also expected to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack.