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Live photos show what may be the Google Pixel 2

Is this the Google Pixel 2? (Photo source: GSM Arena. Image edited to show more detail)
Is this the Google Pixel 2? (Photo source: GSM Arena. Image edited to show more detail)
Live photos show off what is likely a development model of the Google Pixel 2. There are slight changes to the aesthetic, but (sadly) a headphone jack is nowhere to be found.

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Ready for another round of rumors surrounding Google’s upcoming Pixel successor? GSM Arena posted some live photos earlier today showing what may be the flagship device, sent to them by an anonymous “tipster.”

The photos are of what appears to be a development unit, owing to the stickers covering the back panel of the phone. This back panel is a bit different from the original Pixel; the glass pane that dominated the upper half of last year’s device is now significantly smaller. There’s also a more pronounced camera bump and two LEDs to the left of the camera sensor. Otherwise, the fingerprint sensor shares the same aesthetic as its predecessor.

The front side shows a marked difference to the 2016 Google flagship. While the original Pixel had a large “chin” at the bottom of the phone that was absent of any feature, these photos show what looks like one of two speakers on the bottom bezel. This could mean the Pixel 2 will have front-firing stereo speakers, which would make for a richer multimedia experience.

There is a major letdown, though - the tipster stated that the Pixel 2 lacks a headphone jack. While Bluetooth and wireless audio are definitely the future, it’s still disheartening to see phone manufacturers cutting out features as venerable and versatile as a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The Pixel 2 should be making its debut in a few months, but expect the rumor mill to kick into overdrive as we approach the launch date.

Image source: GSM Arena. Image edited to show more detail.
Image source: GSM Arena. Image edited to show more detail.

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Sam Medley, 2017-08- 7 (Update: 2017-08- 7)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.