Last year saw the arrival of the Pixel and Pixel XL, pushing Google into a brand new path for smartphones.
And with the Pixel smartphones being so well-received, there’s a lot of attention on what comes next. How does Google top what it already put out in the world? Thanks to the folks over at Android Police, we may have a first look at what that could be. According to the publication, the image here is the first look at the Pixel “XL” for 2017.
The handset is codenamed Taimen, and it will reportedly be manufactured by LG, will plenty of similarities in design cues that were present on the original Pixel XL from last year. But, as one might imagine, there are plenty of changes coming to this year’s flagship handset.
The glass panel, for instance, looks like it’s been reduced from last year’s model, and there’s a silver ring around the camera on the back. The fingerprint reader is still there on the back of the handset, just under the glass panel, and it looks like there won’t be a dual-camera setup this year.
According to the report, the Pixel XL this year will boast a 6-inch AMOLED display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, which is similar to what we’ve seen from LG’s and Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones. The display is flat, not curved, and it looks like the bezels up top and bottom have been dramatically reduced when compared to 2016’s model. The bezels on the sides look smaller, too.
Interestingly enough, the handset will also apparently feature a frame that owners can squeeze, similar to what we’ve seen from HTC’s U11. This feature will apparently be used for Google Assistant. Unfortunately the report doesn’t go into any details regarding specs at this point, but we have heard in the past the display will have a resolution of 2560×1440, boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, and more.
Interestingly enough, it sounds like the Pixel (2017) will have a design that’s very similar to last year’s pixel, and Google could be planning on pricing the handset as an affordable Pixel smartphone.
Based on the image, what do you think of the Pixel XL (2017)? Already planning on making it your next daily driver?
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