Google Pixel 2 to ditch 3.5mm headphone jack

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Google is widely believed to be working on 2 Pixel phones codenamed Taimen and Walleye, with the former being an all-new bigger option and the latter being a direct sequel to the original. A new report has now uncovered detailed specifications for both versions.

A source who claims they spent time with at least one of the Pixel 2 devices told XDA Developers that Taimen will sport a pretty large 5.99-inch LG-made OLED screen which outputs a resolution of 1440p. Google’s apparently going to shave the handset’s bezels, but it’s not clear to what extent it’ll do so.

The two-tone glass and metal back design is here to stay, though the glass portion is being restricted to the top now so that it doesn’t surround the fingerprint scanner. There’s supposedly going to be a single primary camera with dual-LED flash, going against the prevalent dual shooter trend of 2017.

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Under the hood, users may find a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of ROM. The first two carry over to Walleye as well, with only the storage choices extending to 64GB of ROM. This variant is set to get a 4.97-inch 1080p display with the same large bezels as the first Pixel. Stereo speakers are likely going to be an asset.

However, the addition of one more speaker comes at the cost of sacrificing the headphone jack. If true, this will probably make a lot of people unhappy. There’s no mention of what Google plans to do in the absence of the 3.5mm port and whether an adapter will be bundled with the Pixel 2.