Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are slated to be unveiled at Google’s event today, but there have been a lot of leaked rumours over the months that have covered almost all aspects of the new devices. Both the Pixel devices are being developed by HTC, and will replace Nexus devices. Google has done away with the Nexus name in favour for the Pixel moniker. Google had introduced the Pixel branding with the Android tablet and the Chromebook. The emphasis is to move in a direction where future devices are made by Google itself.
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Google Pixel and Pixel XL will both be running Android 7.0 Nougat, but they will not be the first devices to support the new OS. They will, however, be the first to support Google’s Daydream VR platform. The devices are expected to be water-resistant with an IP53 rating, which makes them dust and water resistant — the devices cannot be exposed to water for more than five minutes.
Reports over the past few months have said that the larger of the two devices, codenamed Marlin (Pixel XL), will be the flagship of the two. It will feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. Benchmark leaks of the device show tha the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor that would come with 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM. The phone is expected to be backed by a 3,450 mAh battery.
Google Pixel, codenamed Sailfish, is a 5-inch device that will reportedly run on the Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. According to a GFKBenchmark report, the device will feature an 12MP rear camera and will support 4K video recording. The front camera on it is expected to be 8MP. It is expected to be backed by a 2,770 mAh battery.
Leaked images of the devices show a dual tone design that also features glass and metal. The rear of the devices is reportedly a combination of both glass and metal, and if so, they will be the first to incorporate this design. The new devices are reported to be priced in a higher bracket as compared to older Nexus devices. Canadian carrier Bell has recently shared images of Google’s new flagship device. The picture shows that the phone lacks a home button, and the capacitive touch buttons missing.