As Samsung gears up to unveil its next big thing, the Note 8, on 23 August, rumours about Google's Pixel family have started to pick up. The search giant has been working on Pixel 2 for quite a while, and if the latest rumours from Fudzilla are to be believed, it could finally have something to battle industry biggies in terms of flagship performance.
Against previous rumours that suggested Galaxy Note 8 will use a new less-power hungry chip, Google is said to be favouring Qualcomm to use their Snapdragon 836 chip on the new Pixel phones, just like it did for Snapdragon 821 last year.
Snapdragon 836 will boast faster throughput with minimal power consumption, but it won't be a massive upgrade over SD835, which is already running on a bunch of flagships, including Galaxy S8. The base clock of the chip will either change slightly or not at all, while the maximum clock speed will increase for both CPU and GPU, raising the performance bar higher than what it is on S8 and other flagships.
While Snapdragon 836 on Pixel 2 seems like a great prospect, we'd request you to take this information with a pinch of salt. This rumour comes from unverified and unofficial sources and we are still awaiting an official word from Google on its Pixel devices.
For all we know, new Pixel 2 devices could be unveiled with Android O this fall, sometime around October (Pixel and Pixel 2 were unveiled in October last year). This year at MWC, Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of hardware, also confirmed a "Premium" Pixel for 2017, though he didn't get any more specific than that.