There has been a barrage of leaks cropping up about Google’s next-generation Pixel series, from hardware to the design that it might sculpt. Reports have suggested the big brother, Pixel XL 2 could be manufactured by LG while the base model, the Pixel 2 is tipped to be made by HTC.
With leaks revealing the design cue of the supposed Pixel to be nearly identical to its predecessor, an FCC filing has reached upon pointing out some crucial details about the device. The paperwork filed by HTC confirms that the phone is indeed built by the Taiwanese company. The filing also reveals that upcoming Pixel smartphone will feature HTC U11’s notable squeezing feature, the Edge Sense which allows performing certain functions when pressure is applied to its sides. However, the FCC filing indicates that the squeeze functionality on the Pixel 2 will be called as “Active Edge”. Further, sample screenshots included in the documentation shows that a squeeze with the hand will activate Google Assistant.
The screenshots also reveal the Pixel 2 device to be Android 8.0.1 with August security patch. Google’s upcoming Android OS version is suggested to release later this month and it is highly expected to first arrive on the Pixel and Google Nexus devices. The storage as seen on the screenshot is listed at 50.66GB free when 21 percent used, which indicates that the Pixel 2 might pack 64GB of inbuilt storage instead of 32GB storage that last year’s Pixel device offered. Further under the ‘Baseband version’ it shows mw8998 which suggest that the chipset to be inserted on the phone will Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.
Several documents along with this new FCC filing show a model number for this ‘specific’ Pixel 2 unit is G011A. The model number recently appeared on Wi-Fi Alliance for an HTC handset that is said to receive Wi-Fi certification.