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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, file photo, the new Google Pixel phone is displayed following a product event, in San Francisco. Google’s head-on rival to the iPhone, the Pixel, is off to a modest but promising start. It is Google's first step in what it says will be a years-long effort to take on Apple where it’s strongest. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Google will reportedly unveil new Pixel phones in October


Google plans on announcing the second-generation of its Pixel phones on Oct. 5, prolific leaker Evan Blass tweeted Wednesday.

Business Insider reported Thursday that Blass, a mobile reporter with VentureBeat, has a proven track record of leaking reliable information about technology. Blass also pointed out that the new Pixel and Pixel XL handsets will contain the Snapdragon 836 system-on-a-chip.

The Snapdragon 836 is reportedly the latest highest-end processor produced by Qualcomm.

Business Insider speculated that Blass’ tweet means that Google will likely hold a dedicated hardware event on Oct. 5 aimed at revealing new products. Google previously conducted its 2016 “Made by Google” event last Oct. 4, revealing a wide range of new devices.

This year’s edition could result in the introductions of a new Chromebook Pixel or a smaller, cheaper Google Home smart speaker as well.

Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced excitement about the alleged new Google handsets, while others offered more muted responses.

The original Pixel and Pixel XL phones were virtually similar, except on battery capacity, resolution and screen size. The new versions may try to distinguish themselves with new features, with the smaller Pixel 2 likely sporting a new CPU and a refreshed camera.

The tinier Pixel 2 may also feature a “squeezable” touch-sensitive frame first encountered on the HTC U11. The Pixel XL 2, meanwhile, may have a 6-inch AMOLED display that will encompass most of the device’s front.

The design, if implemented, would also curve towards the left and right edges to minimize the bezels.

Google’s first foray into self-branded smartphones proved successful, meaning it will likely pack as much technology as possible into its next version.

Rumors reportedly indicate, however, the second wave of Pixel phones will not include either a dual camera system or a headphone jack.

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