Mid-size Google Pixel XL 2 Scrapped, Handset Will Be As Big As Nexus 6P

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Rumors about Google Pixel 2 series have been making rounds recently, as the tech giant readies for the release of its next-generation smartphones. Initial word is that there will be 3 new handsets coming this year, but that number has now been whittled down to 2. The latest update reveals Google has just shelved plans to launch one of its models, believed to be the original Google Pixel XL 2, in favor of a much bigger one.

Three separate sources told Android Police, that the tech giant would discontinue the device codenamed as “Muskie” this year. If you’ve been following the rumors, Muskie was supposed to be the direct successor to the 5.5-inch Pixel XL while the other model codenamed Walleye succeeds the original 5.0-inch Pixel. Taimen, the largest among the three, was initially presumed as a new a tablet, or another Pixel-branded phone.

It did not cite a reason for ditching Muskie. However, it noted they are confident of the rumor, rating it 9 out of 10 and corroborating the story with “several sources [they] deem reliable.” If this is accurate, Taimen would now become the new Google Pixel XL 2 and Walleye will be the Google Pixel 2 as planned. But just so we’re clear here, Google hasn’t confirmed the official names of the handsets yet.

Regardless, Taimen should be as big as the company’s original huge phone: the Nexus 6P. The previous benchmark leak indicates the handset will be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor, most likely to be Snapdragon 835 SoC, clocked at 1.90GHz. It would also boast 4GB of RAM and run on Android O out of the box.

Other rumored specs include 128GB storage, 12MP and 7MP cameras, and waterproofing.

Google Pixel 2 Series To Come From A New Manufacturer

Meanwhile, a separate report also emerged recently, saying LG will be manufacturing the new Pixel phones instead of HTC which built last year’s devices. There are no further details at this point, but an LG-made Google handset is nothing new. We can recall the South Korean tech giant has already partnered with Google in the past with Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 5X.

LG’s involvement has many fans hoping that Taimen would sport a premium design as stunning as the G6, as well as its excellent build quality, waterproof design and its resistance to fingerprints. We’ll have to wait and see.

The Google Pixel 2 series is expected to be launched sometime this fall, likely around the same time as the launch of Android O. Pricing details are not yet available, but we expect it to be as expensive as the first generation, probably around  $760.

Any thoughts about the Pixel 2 series? Is a bigger Google Pixel XL 2 model better? Leave your comments below!

Also Read: LG Employee Inadvertently Released Google Pixel 2 Information: What Are Walleye & Taimen?

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