Report: Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL having Snapdragon 836 will not happen

By on September 6, 2017
Report: Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL having Snapdragon 836 will not happen Image Credit: Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italia via Wikimedia Commons

Speed is power. In buying mobile devices, the clock speed of the CPU is one specification that a person considers. It is also the reason why original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fans are on the lookout for the latest releases of microchips. And in the Android world, Snapdragon is a household name.

When it was previously dished out by Evan Blass that Google’s next generation of Pixel phones would sport Snapdragon 836 chips, all heads turned. These chips are supposedly faster and powerful than what Samsung, LG, and others have inserted their current flagship phones with.

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And the idea that Google would be the first smartphone player to sport Qualcomm’s latest killer chips, the search engine giant would definitely rock the house. On top of that, Blass said it! The cool dude has been known for his track record of making accurate revelations and by the time he said this, the Android fandom rejoiced.

However, there was one bit of a concern – it was too good to be true. So folks over XDA Developers and Android Police did their investigation, consulted their sources, and boom, found out that, no, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL are not going to have a Snapdragon 836 chipset.

The reason, according to XDA Developer’s source, was that the rumored 836 chip does not exist in Qualcomm’s lab in the first place, well at least for now. But it does not mean either that Qualcomm has no plans of unveiling another chip in Q4 2017 or Q1 2018.

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The source also reportedly said the 836 is not Qualcomm’s next premium offering, which brings everyone back to the tittle-tattle that the next chip might be the Snapdragon 845, though it is yet to be confirmed.

But despite these, fans should not completely cross out the idea of a Snapdragon 836 powering Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL either because, who knows, Blass might turn out right.

Reports about the two Pixel phones are still under the shroud of claims and rumors really and until Google issues a statement, everything should be taken with a grain of salt. And that includes its launching that is said to take place on Oct. 5, a 366-day difference from last year’s unveiling of Pixel and Pixel XL.

Regardless of the date, Google is all hands on deck for their second-gen mobile devices. In fact, a job listing for Pixel 2 customer support was already taking place, according to a report by 9to5Google. But when TechnoChops checked the links on Dice and LinkedIn, the job listing was apparently removed.

The customer support for Pixel 2 looked for applicants who have a bachelor’s or associate degree, one or two years of customer support experience, own an Android phone, and possess knowledge of a majority of Google products. The pay rate was $15 per hour for a year and the work location was to be at the Google campus in San Jose.

Prior to the removal of the job listing, it was first published by WalkWater Technologies, a firm reportedly recruiting for Accenture who has offices in the Philippines.

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