Google Teases Upcoming Pixel 2 Event, Aimed at Those Who Are 'Thinking About Changing Phones'

Google has launched a new advertising campaign and teaser website for its upcoming "Pixel 2" smartphone. The site teases visitors with an October 4 event date, aimed at anyone who might be "thinking about changing phones" (via TechCrunch). The page presents no other information, and asks for the user's email address to stay up-to-date with alerts regarding breaking news ahead of the October 4 event.


Since the original Pixel smartphone debuted in October of last year (it was actually announced on the exact same date in 2016), a similar date was expected for the new version of Google's smartphone. Rumors about the Pixel 2 have been spreading over the summer in the lead-up to its launch, with current predictions aimed at a smartphone with a Snapdragon 835 or 836 chipset, 4GB of RAM, "squeezable" sides to perform different functions, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

The Google Pixel 2 will also come in standard and "XL" versions, similar to the first generation (launched in 5-inch and 5.5-inch sizes). The XL is rumored to have premium features, however, including a larger 6-inch display with "very narrow" bezels, which the smaller device will lack and reportedly appear similar to the 2016 design. There's a chance other Google devices, like a new Chromebook and "Google Home mini," will appear at the same event.

The current lineup of Pixel Phone devices

Google's tease comes two days after Apple revealed the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, which have enticed many users who are ready to upgrade their smartphones -- the customers that Google is likely aiming at with its new Pixel 2 campaign. If the rumored specs become true, compared to the iPhone X the Pixel 2 will have slightly better RAM (4GB vs 3GB), water resistance (IP68 vs IP67), and screen size (6-inch vs 5.8-inch).



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23 weeks ago

Damn you apple for putting me in this pickle.
Do I want to switch phones? Yes. I need to replace my aging 6+. But this years iPhones are so meh. I don't want to deal with Android, and sell my soul to google either. Uggggggh

Meh? A SoC that performs at the level of a MacBookPro is meh? New TrueTone displays are meh? New TrueDepth camera system enabling virtual green-screening is meh? ARKit-optimized cameras are meh? Hardware noise reduction is meh? Optical image stabilization is meh? etc etc... Seriously I don't know what you guys want in a phone. Flying cheeseburgers coming out of the screen?

But if you think this knockoff with "easy squeeze sides" is somehow not-meh, OK, go for it. Have fun.
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Because it's possible that users are being realistic about their money. They have bills to pay as well.


He's not talking about cost, he's talking about shell design. This thing looks just like the 6-series design, complete with forehead & chin despite no home button.
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23 weeks ago
If google wants to datamine my life the phone should be free.
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23 weeks ago
I’m thinking about changing phones—to the iPhone X!
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23 weeks ago
I switched from iPhone to Pixel last year and it was a huge mistake. Looking forward to the iPhone X!
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23 weeks ago
Will it run IOS ?
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23 weeks ago
People are looking to get the X because they are sick of the 6/6s/7/8 form-factor ..... so why would they possibly consider going to a cheap rip-off of the 6/6s/7/8 form-factor?
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23 weeks ago

Damn you apple for putting me in this pickle.
Do I want to switch phones? Yes. I need to replace my aging 6+. But this years iPhones are so meh. I don't want to deal with Android, and sell my soul to google either. Uggggggh


And this years Android phones are meh too. But the biggest thing is Android phones run Android and that is a deal breaker for me.
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23 weeks ago
What a questionable choice of words. Better ?? The phone has MORE ram, doesn't make it better in any way. In real life it is probably performing even worse.
The IP rating is also not better but G chose to use a higher rating. The specifications are almost same for ip67 and 68. Apple could choose the same rating in fact but doesn't for whatever reason.

Choosing words like this only adds to people getting a wrong idea about what is better. Being spec focused is an absolut stupid way to approach technology
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23 weeks ago
Damn you apple for putting me in this pickle.
Do I want to switch phones? Yes. I need to replace my aging 6+. But this years iPhones are so meh. I don't want to deal with Android, and sell my soul to google either. Uggggggh
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23 weeks ago

If google wants to datamine my life the phone should be free.


Then the iPhone should be cheaper as well.

Apple gets billions of dollars a year to let Google be the default search engine on iOS. And Apple gets a percentage of each Apple Pay purchase in return for letting the banks know where you're buying things.

Apple takes money in return for selling you as a data product to others.
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