The second-generation of Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will launch on Thursday 5 October, at least that's according to Evan Blass. Considering Blass' track record with leaks, we're sitting up and taking notice of this one.

Blass also says the Pixel devices will arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor, which is said to offer higher CPU and GPU clock speeds over the Snapdragon 835, which can be found in the majority of 2017 flagship phones. This is a rumour we've heard before from unnamed industry sources, and Blass' claim adds more weight to it.

The Snapdragon 836 isn't necessarily the next generation chip that will feature in 2018 flagships, that will likely be the Snapdragon 845, which is said to be being worked on by both LG and Samsung.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are expected to come with a similar design to the first-generation models, but with a smaller glass top section on the rear. HTC is said to be responsible for making the smaller Pixel, and will borrow the squeezable sides from the U11, while LG is said to be making the Pixel XL 2. 

If Google does unveil the new Pixels on 5 October, it could also announce a smaller version of the Home smart speaker and a new Chromebook Pixel too. - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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