The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are barely four months in the market after Google rolled out the two smartphones in October 2016. It seems likely Google will once again apply machine learning to enhance photos, as it did with the Pixel's camera, instead of simply just improving the camera hardware (i.e. with a better image sensor and faster lens). The sub-model of the second generation Google Pixel will be featuring comparatively lesser specifications but would also cost "significantly" less.
There's also talk that Google is working on a cheaper handset dubbed the "Pixel 2B", good news given that the source expects the flagship model to be more expensive than the current Google Pixel that starts at £599. The lower-end gadget is speculated to be released alongside Google Pixel 2 or after Pixel 2's launch. The "Pixel 2B" is mainly going to be intended for emerging markets, with an aim to bring the "Google experience and the Google Phone to emerging markets". This is a must as both Apple iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 devices will feature waterproof designs.
If there has been one feature or lack thereof mentioned in every Pixel and Pixel XL review, it's a waterproof build.
Moreover, a new SoC is also being discussed for Pixel 2, reportedly from two different vendors similar to what Samsung does with the Qualcomm Snapdragon and its own Exynos offerings.
A cheaper Pixel version does make a lot of sense because Android straddles everything from premium smartphones with high three-digit price tags to low-end smartphones with limited capabilities. However, as per 9To5Google, a budge-friendly Google Pixel 2 will also be released as Google is looking to increase sales.
Newest reports reveal that Google is now testing chips from Intel and Qualcomm. Although Google's online store sold Pixels compatible with other wireless networks, most people don't shop for phones that way.
"It looks like it has the potential to be a strong competitor to the likes of Apple and Samsung", says Josh Todd, Localytics' chief marketing officer.