Aside from the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the Apple iPhone X, perhaps the most hotly anticipated phone of 2017 is the Google Pixel 2 and its bigger brother, the Google Pixel 2 XL. With Google’s big announcement less than 48 hours away, more and more details are leaking on the Internet.

Leave it up to perennial favorite Evan Blass to take to Twitter with the latest series of leaks, giving us a very good look at how this new flagship smartphone will look both with and without a case. The industrial design of the Pixel 2 has already become the Internet’s worst-kept secret at this point. We’re getting rounded corners and minimal bezels, which is feeling like the standard formula for this year.

What’s more interesting, perhaps, is the layout of the new home screen. Notice anything different?

The placement of the Google search bar hasn’t really changed all that much over the years. On most phones, it features prominently near the top on the main home screen. With last year’s Pixel, it turned into a little tab that you swipe in from the left. Well, it looks like the Google search bar is returning to its full form again, except it’s being moved to the bottom of the screen instead.

At first, it feels kind of weird to have the Google search bar wedged between the app dock row and the soft buttons for back, home and multitasking. This might take some time getting used to, because now you effectively have three rows stacked all on top of one another at the bottom, plus the upward swipe (as indicated by the tiny up arrow) to bring up the main app drawer. This will be the same on both the Pixel 2 (by HTC) and the Pixel 2 XL (by LG).

Pixel 2 Moves Google Search Bar to the Bottom

The original plan, if rumors are to be believed, was to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 debut on these two devices. Since there is a reported delay on the chip, the phones will run on Snapdragon 835 instead. They both get 4GB of RAM, 12MP primary camera, and front-firing stereo speakers. The Pixel 2 has a 16:9 aspect 5-inch 1080p display, whereas the Pixel 2 XL gets a 18:9 aspect 6-inch QHD+ display.

In terms of pricing, Droid Life has the Pixel 2 at $649 and $749 for the 64GB and 128GB models, respectively, and the Pixel 2 XL at $849 and $949 for the two capacities. This places Google’s flagship comfortably in the premium market while still undercutting the Note8 and iPhone X.


Expect the Pixel 2 to launch on October 19 and the Pixel 2 XL on November 15. Get your pre-ordering fingers ready for Gogole’s event this Wednesday.

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