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Pixel XL leaked render confirms Google is borrowing from Apple's playbook

A leaked render of the Google Pixel XL reveals the design similarities with the smaller Pixel smartphone, both of which will be announced on October 4.

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Google is all set to announce new “Made by Google” hardware at its October 4 event but that isn’t stopping the leaks that usually accompany almost every high profile product unveiling these days. At the event Google is expected to announce a new duo of Pixel smartphones that will take over the Nexus range as we have known them all this while. Instead of just getting smartphones with stock Android, the Pixel smartphones will feature Google’s take on what smartphone UI should be about. Word on the street is that the smartphones will come in two sizes — Pixel and Pixel XL. While there have been multiple leaks including photos of the phones in the wild, it was only yesterday that we got a glimpse of a press render of the smaller Pixel smartphone. And today, we have the press render for the larger Pixel XL. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play

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The official render was leaked by well-known leakster Evan Blass on his Twitter handle. Looking at the image, we can see that it looks more or less the same as the Pixel albeit with a different wallpaper. This render more or less confirms what we had known for a while — Google is borrowing from Apple’s iPhone playbook by launching two similar looking smartphones with similar features but different sizes.

The images also show the updated UI of the Pixel launcher. The UI now features round icons features Google Assistant more prominently. The images also show that both the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones seem to feature on-screen buttons which could mean that a fingerprint scanner will be placed at the back below the rear camera.

Google Pixel specifications

The Google Pixel smartphone is expected to feature a 5-inch full HD (1920 1080 pixels) display. It could run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor and come with 4GB of RAM, The smartphone is expected to come in 32GB and 128GB storage variants and is unlikely to feature expandable storage. It is likely to feature a pair of 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras and will come with a USB Type-C port. And unlike the iPhone 7, it will indeed have a 3.5mm audio port.

Google Pixel XL specifications

The Google Pixel XL smartphone could feature a larger and higher resolution 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. But besides that it is expected to have the same specifications as the smaller Pixel including the Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and storage options of 32GB or 128GB. It too will have the same 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras, unlike the iPhone 7 Plus which features a dual-camera setup.

The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones will run on Android Nougat 7.1 out-of-the-box. The smartphones could be IP53 certified as well, which makes them water and dust resistant up to a limited extent. ALSO READ: Google Pixel, Pixel XL to come with IP53-level water resistance: Report

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  • Published Date: September 28, 2016 1:25 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 28, 2016 1:30 PM IST


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