Alleged Specs For Taimen & Walleye Pixel Phones Leaked

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As yet there are no details on exactly when these two new Google Pixel smartphones will launch, as soon as we get some more information, we will let you guys know.

The source told XDA Developers that the pre-production software that they used on Taimen (Google Pixel XL 2) referred to the phone's fingerprint sensor as "Nexus Imprint".

Interestingly enough, LG is said to provide the display panels for the Pixel 2 line, which aligns with reports of Google investing at least $880 for OLED screens.

Starting off from the front, we expect the XL to size up from 5.5-inch to 6.2-inch, in order to compete with the likes of S8 Plus and the forthcoming Galaxy Note 8. Moving on to the Pixel 2, otherwise known as Walleye (another type of freshwater fish), this one will sport a 4.97-inch display (can we call this one 5 inches?) with a 1080p resolution. While the design remains "almost identical " to last year's smaller Pixel, with similarly large bezels surrounding the display, Google is planning to include stereo speakers at the expense of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which our source says will not be present in this iteration. Being a flagship device it will nearly certainly run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and should come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Now, it looks likes designs, storage capacities, and even manufacturers could also play roles.




Naturally, both Google Pixel 2 models will be running the latest Android O mobile operating system, which should ideally release to OEMs alongside the Pixel 2 smartphones. Consistent with previously leaked information, this source indicates there are only two forthcoming Pixel 2 devices, a smaller unit codenamed walleye and a larger device codenamed taimen. New reports suggest that Google may have reached an agreement with LG Display for future Google Pixel panels. However there seems to be very little indication as to what the third codename could relate to. All that said, Google fans are looking forward to the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, both of which have been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors in recent weeks.

Outside of that, your guess is as good as ours. However, this might be something that'll be addressed in the future, and we have no way of knowing whether it means anything beyond a place-holder or left-over name that'll be changed as development progresses. Hence, going by the current spec sheet, it appears Google needs to up the ante with its upcoming Pixel 2 handsets to get an edge over its competitors. Specs-wise, Taimen would be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM, according to a TechRadar report. He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. However, the top glass part won't cover the fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted again). How nice would it be if Google took a page from the old Nexus 5 price/performance playbook with its Pixel successors?

That comment drew a little flack from Android purists who wanted pure Android - and eight months later while I agree with them I can see why many Asian makers "skin" their Android and provide comparative apps to Google Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Gallery, Dialler, etc. And as we inch closer to the expected September/October launch, fresh reports have emerged revealing key specifications and features of the two devices.

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