Google Pixel and Pixel XL – The Rumored Differences

Pixel, Pixel XL

The two Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones will be made official at a company event on October 4th, making it to the list of the 2016 Google phones.

Last year saw LG and Huawei take charge of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, respectively. However, HTC is reportedly taking care of everything for the 2016 Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, two phones have been in the rumor mills for quite some time now. In fact, their expected hardware specs and even prices have been leaked, but as the name suggests, these are just leaks and not official reports. So, what do these rumors, leaks, and speculations have for us in regard to Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones?

Design and display

As noted earlier, reports have it that HTC is taking care of both the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Looking at the leaked images, the two will come with the same design language, but they will be differentiated by size. The larger Pixel XL takes after the HTC 10, but the location of fingerprint scanner, camera as well as buttons remains the same as the Nexus 6P.

Both handsets will be made of metallic material, however, the upper third of the rear panels will come with glass. This is the same panel that will house the rear snapper and LED flash, but HTC will eliminate the camera bump. It has seemingly been confirmed that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL handsets will not feature the “Nexus” logo and instead, there will be a “G” logo.

As far as the display is concerned, the smaller Google Pixel is said to come with a 5-inch Full HD screen featuring a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and a 440ppi pixel density. The larger Google Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and pixel density of 534ppi.

Hardware and software

In terms of hardware, the rumor mills claim that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL could carry slightly different specs. The larger Pixel XL will carry a Snapdragon 821 SoC alongside a 4GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. While the storage and RAM will be retained on the Pixel, the slightly slower Snapdragon 820 will be used instead. The Google Pixel XL could also include a 128GB storage option. Remember, the Nexus lineup did not include a microSD card slot, so, expect the same with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones.

For power, the Pixel will come with a 2770mAh battery while the Pixel XL will reportedly pack a 3450mAh unit. There will be USB Type-C ports on the two phones, just like with the case of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Software-wise, the latest Android 7.1 Nougat will power the two phones out of the box.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Camera and release date

According to leaked benchmarks, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL should come with almost the same camera configurations. There will be a 12MP snapper on the back of the Pixel XL while the Pixel will house a 13MP snapper at the back (strange huh!). Both units will feature 8MP snappers for selfies, which is the same for last year’s Nexus 6P but an improvement for Nexus 5X.

As for the release date of the two phones, it is not yet confirmed. Google has confirmed it will hold an event on October 4, but it has not mentioned anything to do with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Nonetheless, it is about time these two came to life during the event, but the release date should follow probably a couple of weeks later.

We’ll follow up the matter and keep you in the loop.

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