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Google Pixel and Pixel XL caught in the wild
As you can see, both phones seem to be made out of aluminum primarily, but as we’ve seen in previous renders, the top part of the devices will have an accent with a different material: presumably glass. The fingerprint scanner will be positioned within that part, and I must say, these phones look very nice indeed.
The front is a similar story: a slate of glass on top of the display, relatively slim side bezels, and few sensors above. The only difference between the Pixel and the Pixel XL seems to be the size. They are rumored to feature a 5.2-inch display and a 5.5-inch display, respectively. One thing is for sure, however: the Pixel phones are positively HTC. They look very similar to the HTC A9, and by association, Google’s upcoming phones look very similar to the iPhone. For better or worse.
One thing is for sure, however: the Pixel phones are positively HTC. They look very similar to the HTC A9, and by association, Google’s upcoming phones look very similar to the iPhone. For better or worse.
We see that the XL has a standard Nougat lock screen and the regular Pixel shows off the new boot animation. This seems to be the same animation that we see in Google’s recently released teaser: at the very end of the video, we see four dots coming together to form Google’s G logo. I’m sure we will see more leaks including the boot animation in full as we approach October 4th, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is identical to the one in the teaser video.
To refresh your memory, the regular Pixel phone will likely come with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, powered by Snapdragon 820. The Pixel XL will probably sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, and it is said to be coming with either a revised version of the Snapdragon 820 chipset or Snapdragon 821. Both devices should feature an identical 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie-shooter.
What are your thoughts on the new design? Will you be purchasing either the regular Pixel or the Pixel XL? Let us know by dropping a comment down below!