Next week, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be announced, with an official release expected to follow later, probably after a couple of weeks.
Before this official event, which is slated for October 4th, leaked renders of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have made their way to different online platforms, with famous leaker Evan Blass leading the way. In addition to displaying more details about the design of the phones or rather the frontal appearance, the leaked renders also shed some light on the software tweaks that Google will be rolling out the two phones with.
The two phones to be announced, like last year’s Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, will be differentiated by their size, among other things. Apparently, the smaller Google Pixel will come with a 5.0-inch Full HD screen as opposed to the 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD screen of the Pixel XL. The two phones will reportedly share the same hardware specs, including a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 820 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM. There might be some differences with the storage options, but you can expect both handsets to come with a 32GB base model.
A closer look at the photos for sure reveals a number of changes that you can expect with the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL handsets. It seems Google has made the jump to more circular app icons as well as redesigning the on-screen navigation buttons to give them a more minimalist look. You will notice that they are no longer hollow like before instead and they are filled with white color. The Home button, on the other hand, differentiates itself from the rest of the buttons by taking a solid circular shape that features a white borderline.
As for now, there is still no confirmation yet, but the latest reports suggest that this interface could remain exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, which are expected to be powered by Android 7.1 Nougat. If this is true, it will mean Google has its own UI experience that is unique to the Pixel phones. The company is said to have built the software tweaks with the Google Assistant in mind, a digital assistant that could end up living within the Pixel phones.