Google Pixel 2 And Pixel XL 2 Won’t Feature Snapdragon 836 Despite Earlier Rumors

It seems like every new and unreleased high-end smartphone on the planet is rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 system-on-chip (SoC). Those rumors do not always come to fruition, as we saw with Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is now confirmed to sport a Snapdragon 835 SoC. It looks like the same will also be true of Google's forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets.

After hearing rumors that both phones would wield a Snapdragon 836 SoC, XDA-Developers says it has heard otherwise from an "extremely reliable source" (in bold letters, no less). As to what exactly the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will run with, the apparently rock solid source did not say. If we had to guess, and assuming the source is accurate, we would heavily lean towards the Snapdragon 835.

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Now here is where things get interesting. Not only will the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL not feature a Snapdragon 836, the chipset simply does not exist, the source says. And it is not just XDA Developers that is hearing this—Android Police was told the same thing by one of its sources.

To date, Qualcomm has not announced a Snapdragon 836 chipset, even though it has been mentioned in numerous rumors. One of the most recent is a report suggesting Xiaomi's forthcoming Mi Mix 2 will be powered by the Snapdragon 836. That phone is slated to arrive on September 11 (next Monday). Depending on what ends up being inside, it will either reinforce what at least two sources are saying (that it does not exist) or make official the Snapdragon 836's existence.

One rumor that we are much more confident in is the release date for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Famed leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) tweet in August that Google's next generation flagship phones will be unveiled on October 5. Interestingly enough, he also indicated in the same tweet that they would be powered by Snapdragon 836 SoCs.