New renders of the anticipated Google smartphones Pixel and Pixel XL have surfaced online recently, and they appear to confirm previous rumors about the unique design they will be sporting at launch.
Despite being two different handsets, the Pixel and Pixel XL will apparently rock the same style — one that is very minimalist yet strikingly unique. The live photos that GSM Arena recently obtained show how the top portion at the back of the handsets could either be made of glass or glossy plastic, while the bottom is made of the same metal that encases the entire bodies of the devices.
Accentuating the two-tone design of smartphones are antenna bands that give good contrast to the metal case of the handsets. A conspicuous circular fingerprint sensor is resting not too far from the primary camera on the upper left corner at the back of the handsets. What’s noticeable from this fresh batch of leaked photos is the absence of flash to complement the back camera.
Meanwhile, the antenna band at the bottom cleanly runs from one side to the other. Just above it is the “G” branding of the two Pixel handsets. Previously, it was already speculated that Google was doing away with the Nexus labels alongside its decision to terminate the Nexus line for a new line with a different branding. And these photos just prove that the rumors seem to be actually true all along.
Even though the newly leaked renders seem to match what previous rumors indicated about the design of the Pixel and Pixel XL, they do not corroborate the renders obtained by Phone Arena that show the handsets that sport a similar design, but feature camera flash adjacent to the back snapper. Whether or not the final releases will sport LED flash remains to be known, however, since Google has yet to confirm all these rumors surrounding its new smartphones.
To clarify the inconsistency between the leaked renders, Android Headlines claims that what GSM Arena got from Twitter user @iamaniff could simply be a product of an eager fan’s doing. The tech site also points out that @iamaniff’s caption “Completed by HTC, approved by Google” gives this away because it is very unlikely for Google to give a lot of freedom to HTC in designing the handsets that will be branded as devices “Made with Google.”
The Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to be launched during Google’s Oct. 4 event. Formerly condenamed Marlin and Sailfish, the devices are rumored to come with either Snapdragon 820 or Snapdragon 821 processors. The Pixel is likely to feature a 5-inch display, while the Pixel XL is claimed to come with a 5.5-inch quad HD screen.
Underneath, they are rumored to house 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of base storage. In terms of camera technology, an 8-megapixel front shooter and a 12-megapixel snapper are being anticipated. Since the Pixel is the smaller variant, it is speculated to emerge with a 3,000 mAh battery. On the other hand, its bigger brother could likely boast a 3,450 battery.