Google hasn’t been vocal about a Pixel 2 smartphone, but it turns out that the supply chain is abuzz with reports of who is trying to get the contract to manufacture the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 smartphones.
Reports indicate that at least four companies including HTC, LG, TCL, and Coolpad have approached Google with their bids to manufacture the Pixel successor, which is likely to be released in late 2017 or early 2018. The current Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are being manufactured by HTC and the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has a contract with Google to produce the next generation Pixel as well, but it depends on Google if it will give the manufacturing contract solely to HTC or to someone else.
HTC holds the production contract for the Pixel smartphones, but it will run out after the second version of the smartphone, which will be released later this year.
A report on DigiTimes claims that while many companies are trying to woo Google for the contract, LG has been tipped to win the orders for production of the device currently being dubbed as Pixel 3. HTC has managed to ship over 2.1 million units of the 5-inch Pixel smartphone and its larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL phone to Google since their launch last year. The report adds that the orders for the Pixel 3 smartphone can reach 5 million units.
Earlier this month, a report suggested that the codename for the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones will be “Walleye” and “Muskie” respectively. As per the earlier leaks, the Pixel 2 is also tipped to come with an improved camera and processor. Further, the phone is expected to be water resistant as well, unlike its predecessor.
Considering that the first Pixel smartphone got rave reviews for its performance but not so much for its hardware, it will be interesting to see if the search giant will stick with HTC or choose another manufacturer to produce future Pixel phones.