Google to launch Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones on Oct 4: Report

Google is said to drop Nexus branding from its upcoming HTC-made smartphones and will launch on October 4.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: September 5, 2016 12:31 pm
google-logo-759 Google is said to drop Nexus branding from its upcoming HTC-made smartphones.

Google will reportedly hold an event on October 4 to unveil its Pixel branded smartphones called Pixel and Pixel XL.  Google is said to announce a 4K Chromecast and Google Home as well, says a report in Android Police.

Earlier reports revealed Google plans to drop Nexus branding from its new smartphones and the latest report corroborates the same. Google smartphones, which are codenamed Sailfish and Marlin will launch as Pixel and Pixel XL respectively and are manufactured by HTC.  The report says Google might name its Daydream device as Daydream View. The 4K Chromecast is rumoured to be called Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra. No other detail of availability, price or hardware specifications of the smartphones are available online.

Google is said to drop Nexus branding from its upcoming HTC-made smartphones. According to Android Central, the devices are likely to feature Google branding instead. Recent reports have confirmed HTC is working on Google’s next devices, and these smartphones will come with a special version of Android 7.0 Nougat. A report in the Telegraph had earlier highlighted that Google plans to introduce smartphone with its own branding, and wants to challenge the perception that only Apple’s iPhone is viewed as a premium device.

Marlin is the flagship smartphone of the two devices. Reports suggest it will feature a bigger 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and run Snapdragon 821 chipset. It will have 4GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage.

Sailfish, on the other hand, will sport a smaller 5-inch display and Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 chipset. It will come with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. GFXBenchmark’s report shows the Sailfish will feature an 11MP rear camera. The primary camera will support 4K video recording. The front camera is said to be 7MP.

Both phones will Android 7.0 Nougat, which has already started rolling out to Nexus devices.