Photos alleged to be of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have surfaced online ahead of the expected launch of the two phones at an event to be held on October 4th.
Courtesy of Venture Beat, the photos of the phones are the first to appear showing their designs in real flesh. With these leaks, we definitely have an idea of what HTC, the company that is believed to be making the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, has in store for us come next week.
Like the names already suggest, the Google Pixel will be the smaller variant while the Pixel XL will be the larger and flagship variant. It has been rumored that the change in name from Nexus to Pixel will also be accompanied by a number software changes. In the leaked images, some of these changes can be noticed.
Apparently, Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones will come with rounded icons on the home screen as opposed to square-like icons on the previous models. In addition, the home screen of Android Nougat has no app drawer icon, instead, you can now have an additional shortcut in the same place. To access the app drawer, you have to slide up from the arrow in the bottom third. The Google Search can also be seen hidden on the top left rather than covering a large part of the top third like before.
As for the specs, the rumor mills claim that the smaller Google Pixel will come with a 5.0-inch screen with Full HD resolution. Under the hood, you get a Qualcomm-made quad-core processor that is clocked at a speed of 1.59GHz, paired with a RAM of 4GB. This is also accompanied by an inbuilt storage of 32GB, but you might get lucky with a 128GB option as well. Alternatively, this 128GB variant may be found on the larger Google Pixel XL, which should also come with a base model of 32GB.
As for the display unit, you get a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with QHD 1440p resolution. The Pixel XL will reportedly share the rest of the hardware with the smaller Pixel, including the cameras. However, this can only be confirmed when the phones are launched.
The same event should also see the likes of Google Chromecast Ultra, Google Wi-Fi Router as well as the Google Daydream VR platform launched.