The next set of smartphones from Google, generically called Pixel 2, is rumored to be powered by Snapdragon 835. This means they won’t feature the latest chip Qualcomm can offer #mobilemagic
According to German site WinFuture.de, Pixel 2 smartphones (called also “Walleye” and “Muskie”), will be equipped with Snapdragon 835. The publication arrived to this conclusion after spotting the CPU model number MSM8998 in the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code. That model number is a reference to – you know it! – Snapdragon 835.
Also, they weren’t the only smartphones associated with Qualcomm start-of-the-year processor. Another device, called “Taimen” will supposedly carry the same processor. Rumor has it that Taimen is in fact a bigger device Google is working on, probably a Pixel tablet or a phablet.
In any case, all three devices are likely to launch before Qualcomm gets the chance to debut a successor to the chip now found in Samsung S8 and Xiaomi Mi 6. At the beginning of 2018, this will translate in a performance disadvantage for Pixel 2 smartphones. It’s very likely that the flagship phones that will debut at CES and later on, at Mobile World Congress, will use Qualcomm’s latest.
That said, Google could make up for a slight performance drawback with plenty of other features, dazzling consumers once again. After all, their first smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, were a hit among Android users.