Goodbye Nexus Phones? Hello, Google Pixel?

**The article was written several weeks before the actual release of the phone.

The “Nexus” phone, which was connoted as a device made by a third-party manufacturer, has been in the market since 2010, and it has been known as the higher-end units sold in a package that’s cheaper than Apple and Samsung’s top phones. But that was before September 2016. Words have been circling the World Wide Web that Google is doing away with the Nexus brand, and in replacement of this is the Pixel phone.

Since Google already has the Pixel C tablet, thinking about the Pixel smartphone is not too far fetched. As a matter of fact, if these “words” were true, then there’s a big chance of having two new phones: the Pixel and Pixel XL. Introducing two phones is not new to Google at all since it has released the double Nexus phones last year: the Nexus 6P made by Huawei and smaller, lighter-featured Nexus 5X made by LG.

From the grapevines, the tentative release date would be on the first week of October this year considering the “something” being unmasked on October 4 in San Francisco, USA. In line with this unmasking stint, there’s a launch site that’s said to be being planned, invitations given out to journalists, and giant billboards and new TV commercials that display a phone-shaped rectangle, which is accompanied by “G.”

Rumors speak of the smaller Pixel phone having a 5-inch screen while the larger one a 5.5-inch display that could be sold at about AED 2,388 or $650 with the higher tier Pixel XL costing a little bit more, and these two would most probably be made by HTC.

Apart from these, the smaller Pixel phone is said to have 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution and 12- or 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Its tentative storage options sits at 32GB and/or 128GB storage, and its battery is said to be 2,770 mAh. All of these would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and operated through Android 7.0 Nougat supported by 4 GB of RAM.

On the other hand, the rumored Google Pixel XL specs include a larger resolution of 1,560 x 1,440 pixel and a similar 12- or 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Just like the smaller Pixel phone, XL could also have 32GB and/or 128GB storage options, which would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor supported by 4GB of RAM, which would likewise operate using Android 7.0 Nougat.

Both units are said to be Google Daydream-ready, which suggests both can process virtual reality.


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