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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL features detailed in brand new leak

Pixel 2 XL Release Date

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are almost upon us. Come October 4th, exactly one year after the original Pixel series launched to replace the Nexus line, Google will unveil a bunch of new devices including the HTC Pixel 2 and the LG Pixel 2 XL.

We already know plenty of details about both phones, as Google’s phones were never well-kept secrets. After a report earlier this week revealed some of the Pixel 2’s new tricks, a new leak shares more details about its bigger sibling, seemingly confirming the most recent leaks.

A source told xda-developers that the Pixel 2 XL has stereo speakers on the front, a feature that should help users cope with the death of the headphone jack. Don’t act surprised, since all the Pixel rumors we’ve already seen have said as much — Google is done with the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. xda’s source independently confirmed some of the Pixel 2 features mentioned by Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii a few days ago.

Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will offer a software-based Portrait Mode similar to what the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X do. But there’s no dual camera on the back. Instead, the phones will use software to blur the background. The Pixel Launcher is getting a redesign, complete with a search bar at the bottom.

A new Music Recognition feature will let the Pixel 2 phones listen for music playing in the background at all times. Whenever a song is detected, it will automatically show up on the lock screen. This sounds like Google built a new and improved Shazam into the Pixel 2’s Oreo software.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 phones are also getting always-on displays, and the Pixel 2 will have a squeezable frame just like the HTC U11.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.