Google will unleash the 2017 Pixel phones in September, but rumours have already started pouring about the upcoming flagship phones. Here are all the details, specs, leaked images and benchmark scores for the upcoming smartphones.
The whole range of garnered popularity is because the first generation Pixel phones were a massive success and in fact, the Pixel XL was the best Android smartphone of 2016.
We have already seen flagship phones from Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Xiaomi for 2017. The Pixel phones which will be released later this year will have all the features packed into them. According to the Android Open Source Project code of Google, the search giant will launch three Pixel phones with codenames- Walleye, Muskie, and Taimen.
If you take a recap to two months ago, we reported that Google would announce a non-premium Pixel phone called as Google Pixel 2B, but Google rubbished all the claims and said that the Pixel lineup will stay premium.
Nexus fans may not again get the affordable, great value for money devices from Google.
Three Pixel phones?
Instead of two phones, Google may launch three phones this year separating them with the display size and battery capacity. The device with codename Walleye might be the smaller Pixel phone with a 5-inch screen; the Muskie may replace the Pixel XL, while the Taimen might flaunt a 6-inch display. So, Google is looking to cover up all the display segments with the 2017 Pixel phones.
Taimen Spotted on Geekbench!
Also, there’s concrete evidence that Google is working on three Pixel phones this year. Two days ago, a Google phone with codename ‘Taimen’ was spotted on Geekbench, which apparently revealed the key specs of the phone.
The Taimen will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and will boot Android O as expected. The benchmark scores were impressive as well with a single core score of 1804 and a multi-core score of 6248. The Galaxy S8+ with Snapdragon 835 also had similar benchmark scores. So, the Pixel will bet big on the performance.
There are no details regarding the Walleye and Muskie, but the AOSP code some days ago showed that a Google employee is using the Muskie in this real life, which means that Google has already made the design final.
The marquee feature of 2017 flagship phones- Infinity Display. Like the Samsung Galaxy S8 series and LG G6, Google may also look at the infinity design.
There are plenty of concept designs flooding the internet, but nothing has leaked from Google’ side. So, take this with a pinch of salt.
The significant lack of the first generation Pixel phones was IP68 certification. All other flagship phones feature IP68 rating, which means you can put the device in water and dust for 30 minutes.
Even Apple has employed the feature with the iPhone 7 series and Google must go with the same. Otherwise, it will be a letdown.
The first batch of Pixel phones impressed everyone with their camera prowess, and Google will be looking to do the same this year as well. Some leaks say that Google will make slight changes to the hardware sensor used on the phone along with numerous software optimisations that will further enhance the picture quality.
It’s very early to judge the pricing of Pixel phones, but according to Google and speculations, the Pixel phones will stay premium.
Google Pixel 2 is launched but comes with the same boring design and a massive price tag.