Google’s latest smartphones – which are said to replace the current Nexus lineup – have been leaked yet again, and it’s quite a major one. More likely than not, these images show the actual Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, judging by the quality and polish of these leaked material.
Aside from the difference in size (the Pixel has a 5-inch 1080p display, while the XL has a sharper 5.5-inch 1440p display), the Pixel and Pixel XL share the same, “unique” design, especially the back of the smartphones. Looking at the images, the top and bottom halves of the Pixel smartphones’ back are made out different materials: a glossy, shiny finish on the top, and a matte surface on the bottom half. It’ll be interesting to see if there is any particular reason for this odd design choice aside from aesthetic reasons.
These new smartphones also have a new tagline: “Phone by Google.” Judging by the lack of branding from any smartphone maker on the Pixel and Pixel XL, these two devices may just be Google’s very own products, although previous rumours said that HTC will be manufacturing these smartphones.
Other leaked specifications of the Pixel and Pixel XL don’t really come at a surprise: both devices are said to come with Snapdragon 821 processors paired with 4GB of RAM, either 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, and Android 7.1 out of the box. Curiously, the leaked materials also mentioned that these devices have a microSD card slot; a feature that Nexus smartphones do not typically have. Chances are, this is merely a placeholder.
However, until Google officially confirm these details, these specifications of the Pixel and Pixel XL are not final. Regardless, we will be covering tonight’s launch event for these two smartphones; all should be revealed by then.