Google's Pixel 2 is nearly definitely going to ditch the headphone jack

Bill Rogers
August 5, 2017

Finally, the render also confirms that the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will not be adopting a dual rear camera setup like a number of flagship phones.

Since Google supports its devices for two years with respect to major OS upgrades, the message the company usually sends with this statement is that you should start thinking of getting a new phone after using the current one for two years. This is a feature that was sorely missed on last year's Pixel devices after coming on both the Nexus 6 and 6P.

However Olixar confirms that Google refused to 3.5 mm headphone Jack. On the other hand, while you probably won't miss out on photo quality if you go with the Pixel 2, you will be left without gimmicks such as true black and white images or "Portrait Mode".

If you love bezels, you surely liked what Google did with the original Pixel and Pixel XL previous year.

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A report from Android blog Android Police last month said the larger Pixel phone will have slimmed-down bezels, however, allowing it to fit a larger display in less space.

Blass's report notes that HTC is building the Walleye version of the Pixel on Google's behalf while LG will handle work on the larger Pixel.

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Although Apple drew a lot of criticism for removing the headphone jack past year - as it is still considered an integral part of the mobile experience since wireless tech is still developing - HTC U11 and Moto Z were also released without a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both the 2017 Pixel phones will be having a better camera, and that's something really interesting. But, unlike past year, at least there's a speaker housed in the bottom bezel. One closer look at the leaked image clarifies that the 3.5mm headphone jack has been replaced with USB Type-C port. And yes, it does indeed look very much like last year's Pixel, only with a couple of design tweaks, a feature addition or two, and a feature subtraction.

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