Gone are rumors about the Google Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin, as they have been replaced by the upcoming Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.
A few weeks ago, these devices passed through the Geekbench scores and have been witnessed on some certification tests as well. Almost every aspect of the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL have been leaked online, but one of the latest seems to suggest that the phone will have a new chipset on-board. Furthermore, the US version will be receiving the phone with android 7.1 with some minor improvements over the recently launched Android Nougat.
On paper, the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL are expected to have only the snapdragon 820 processor but these are the latest generation chipsets from Qualcomm unlike those already seen in phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and OnePlus 3. It will be supplemented by 4 GB of RAM making it as powerful as the recently launched Galaxy Note 7 amongst many other devices. The Google Pixel will come with a 5.2 inch display whereas the slightly larger Google Pixel XL will sport a 5.5-inch screen.
Even though the two phones will be coming with a Google branding – and not a Nexus branding – for the first time, they will be made by HTC as in the case of the last few Nexus devices. Global Certification Forum (GCF) recently confirmed that HTC will not be allowed in the branding of the device. The certification has also revealed that the phone will be available in two versions – International and US. The primary reason for the two versions are the presence of different LTE bands in the United States while it is understood that Google are exploring the possibility of launching the device with a CDMA version.
The latter has not proved to be quite popular worldwide, but it continues to have a significant presence here in the United States. Early rendering of the phone seems to suggest the presence of a huge hole for the camera. However, leaked specifications of the phone have not shown anything regarding a dual camera set up. This may turn out to be one of the best kept secrets on the device if it indeed comes with two cameras in the rear. Furthermore, the changes being incorporated in the new android 7.1 version have also not been revealed as of now.
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