The new Google Pixel 2 will most likely be waterproof.
Although the Pixel and Pixel XL just came out in October, reports of Google working on the next version of their flagship have started to emerge. The Google Pixel 2 won’t be available until October of this year but we’re already getting excited about how Google will build on an already excellent phone. One of the main features that the Pixel is currently lacking is waterproofing or more specifically an IP68 rating that other premium smartphones have. Now this doesn’t mean that the phone is fully waterproof, it’s more water and dust resistance per the technical definition of an IP68 rating. It does allow the phone to be submerged into 1 meter of water for about 30 minutes which is helpful is you drop it in the toilet or swimming pool by mistake. I still wouldn’t take it scuba diving or anything like that. This will be a nice to have feature and create several buzzy headlines that will get customers talking about the new phone.
It’s also clear that Google wants to focus on enhancing the already highly rated camera. They want to focus on improving low-light photography through software and hardware enhancements. This doesn’t mean that the camera will have more mega pixels but the components of the phone and Android will work in concert to produce better photos. Even thought the current Pixel has the highest rated smartphone camera ever, we still think there can be improvements here. Google also is working on a lower cost version of the Pixel which might be launched along with the Android One program that has brought low cost pure Android phones to the developing world. We think this is a great way to gain more market share to those who are not interested in a high cost, premium built phone like the Pixel. Android has been really successful in part because of the lower cost phones built by 3rd party manufactures. Adding a low cost Pixel phone to the line up would be very successful.