The new devices that Google will release this fall will be called Pixel and Pixel XL, which were previously codenamed Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin. The two smartphones will arrive in less than one month and every day we find more info about them, and according to the new rumors, both of them will run on the new Snapdragon 821 processor. The Google Pixel XL will be the phablet model and David Ruddock of Android Police claims that it will cost $649 at launch.
David Ruddock has posted on his Twitter account that it’s not clear if the price point will be thrown around for the 32GB or 128GB variant, but he didn’t give more details about the specs of the Google Pixel XL. However, there are reports claiming that both devices will be built by HTC and it is believed that the smaller model will measure 5-inch and will support a Full HD resolution, while the phablet will have a 5.5-inch QHD screen. The latest leaks indicate that the both devices will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor backed by 4GB of RAM and will have storage options of 32GB and 128GB. The Google Pixel is expected to house a 12MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera, and will pack a 2,770mAh battery, while the Google Pixel XL will have a 13MP front camera and a 3,450mAh battery.
Android 7.0 Nougat will come pre-installed on both devices and this new operating system will introduce features such as split-screen mode, Data Saver, Night mode, support for Vulkan API, improved Doze mode, file-based encryption, support for Google’s Android-powered Daydream VR platform etc.
The predecessor of the Google Pixel XL – Nexus 6P, was launched in the US at a price of $499 (32GB), $549 (64GB) and $649 (128GB) and it had a 5.7-inch screen. This phablet was built by Huawei and it was powered by a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core (4×1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A57) processor backed by 3GB of RAM. It used a 12.3 MP rear camera for taking high quality photos and an 8MP front camera to take selfies or to make video calls, and it was kept alive by a non-removable 3450 mAh battery.