Google Pixel XL 2 To Feature 5.99-inch Nearly Bezel-Free OLED Display

There are two things that are vogue in the smartphone space right now. One is organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology, and the other is tiny bezels (if they exist at all). Google is said to be embracing both for its upcoming Pixel XL 2 handset. If pre-release chatter is correct, the Pixel XL 2 will feature a 5.99-inch OLED display with barely any bezels to speak of, unlike the regular Pixel 2, which will have bigger bezels.

It seems a bit strange that the two devices would differ in such a manner, especially since the original Pixel and Pixel XL were so similar in physical design, save for the overall size of the handsets. But in that case, Google tapped hardware partner HTC to build both phones. With this new generation of Pixel phones, it has been reported that HTC is manufacturing the smaller Pixel 2 while LG produces the larger Pixel XL 2.

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The Pixel XL 2 will have smaller bezels at the top and bottom than the Pixel 2 (shown above) - Credit: Android Police

Assuming the reports are correct, the Pixel XL 2 will be a taller handset than the non-XL version. Both phones will have thin bezels on the side, but the Pixel XL 2 will have a screen that also stretches from top to bottom, leaving little room for bezels on both respective edges. The Pixel XL 2 will boast a higher resolution too—1440p, versus 1080p on the regular Pixel 2 handset.

According to inside man Evan Blass (known just as well by his Twitter handle, @evleaks), both devices will sport a new chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 836 system-on-chip (SoC). It is how clear how much better the Snapdragon 836 will be compared ot the 835 (probably just a slightly faster clockspeed), but the important thing for Google is to have that +1 number advantage, which insinuates a superior SoC. Google did the same thing last year when its Pixel phones debuted with a Snapdragon 821 SoC instead of the 820.

Both phones are also expected to wield 4GB of RAM and have dual front-facing speakers, an always-on display mode, and no headphone jacks. Look for both to be introduced on October 5, 2017.