Google is swapping Nexus 6P for Pixel XL devices as warranty replacements

Search giant Google has officially confirmed it will be launching its upcoming smartphones - expected to be called Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL - on October 4.

However, a billboard has been spotted in Boston that suggests Google will likely announce the Google Pixel 2 on October 4 itself, coinciding with last years launch date. And while the invite doesn't specifically mention the new Pixel 2, that's exactly what we expect to see. There still are a few weeks to go until the launch of Google's new smartphones, so we will probably find out more about them before the launch event. However, going by the model number it is safe to assume that this is indeed the gen-next Pixel smartphone from Google.

Just like the Pixel 2 before it, the Pixel 2 XL made its way to the FCC. The two are presumed to be IP68-certified for dust and water resistance, in addition to featuring pressure-sensitive frames developed by HTC which are understood to be identical to the Edge Sense technology implemented into the U11 flagship. The phrase was rolled out with the original Pixel to refer to the fact it was the first time Google created both the software and hardware of a smartphone. The regular Pixel 2 is expected to follow a design more similar to its predecessor while sporting a smaller, 4.97-inch OLED display, compared to the Pixel XL 2. What good is a phone that no one can actually get?

The first set of documents, filed with the FCC on August 15, points to a new device from HTC that runs the Android 8.0.1 mobile operating system and uses the same navigation buttons as the original Pixel smartphone. The 35-second video doesn't show the Pixel 2, but it does tease the smartphone by showing an animation of people typing in questions into Google about their mobile device.

The Pixel 2 devices are likely to be available for pre-order nearly immediately after their launch, with deliveries and in-store purchases slated about two weeks after that.