Google Pixel smartphones are set to launch on October 4. Now, a Nest commercial aired in Netherlands might have given away first look of the device. In the commercial posted by Android Police on YouTube, a woman is seen holding the Pixel smartphone in aluminium colour variant. The leaked image hints at use of metal and glass on the rear and standard white face in the front. Google’s Pixel is seen to have prominent aluminium edges. The bottom section of the rear is aluminium as well. And the rest of it has white glass panel.
Nest commercial started a debate on Reddit, with users discussing if the device has a modular design. “What is that on the back of the device? Is pixel going modular?” said one of the users who goes by the name robisoc. Another user – chepi888 – wrote, No, but the texture from the top half to the bottom half is different. My speculation is something like glossy on top, matte on bottom (for the XL).”
Google has already confirmed the October 4 launch of its ‘made by Google’ hardware devices and rumours already point at launch of two new Pixel branded smartphones. However, Google is not giving away any clues in terms of design of these next generation Android phones made by HTC. The YouTube video uploaded by Google shows a rectangular search box taking the shape of a smartphone with the date October 4 mentioned next to it and the Google logo appearing at the end. According to reports, Google is expected to ditch the Nexus branding this year, and go with the Pixel name. HTC is working on Google’s new smartphones called Pixel and Pixel XL. Google’s Pixel phones have been code-named ‘Sail-fish’ and ‘Marlin’ respectively.
Reports suggest the phones will run Android 7.1 Nougat OS. According to leaks, Marlin is the flagship smartphone of the two devices with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display. It will run Snapdragon 821 processor along with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage space. Google’s Pixel smartphone will have a 5-inch display and Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 chipset. It will come with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. GFXBenchmark’s report reveals the Sailfish will feature an 11MP rear camera. The primary camera will support 4K video recording. The front camera is said to be 7MP.
Google is reportedly planning to announce a 4K Chromecast, and the Google Home speaker as well. Google Home Speaker was first showcased at the company’s annual I/O conference. Google is expected to launch a new Pixel launcher for the Pixel devices as well. In the new Pixel launcher, the search bar is now a Google button just like the one seen on their Gboard app on iOS. Clicking on the G icon reveals the search bar.