Google's Pixel, Pixel XL allegedly leak ahead of October event

Google's next take on the smartphone in a partnership with HTC has broken cover ahead of its rumored October unveiling.

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Alleged render of Google's 5-inch Pixel by HTC (VentureBeat / Emil Protalinski, Evan Blass).

Alleged press shots of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have leaked, courtesy of VentureBeat, giving us the clearest look at Google's new hardware yet.

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Made by HTC, the Pixel will be the smaller of the offerings, with the Pixel XL set to cater the "phablet" market.

The images show a move to circular icons on the Android home screen, a likely design change in Android 7.1 expected to ship with the Pixel lineup.

The photos bring more validity to the rumor Google is ditching the Nexus branding for its Google Play Store smartphone.

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Android Police reported in June the Pixel, codenamed Sailfish, will have the following specifications:

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • Quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor
  • 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage
  • 2770 mAh battery
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB-C with headphone jack

The larger Pixel XL, codenamed Marlin, will feature the same specifications, except for a larger 5.5-inch QHD display and 3450mAh battery, according to Android Police.

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Alleged render of Google's 5.5-inch Pixel XL by HTC (VentureBeat / Emil Protalinski, Evan Blass).

Exact release details are unknown. VentureBeat reports both Pixels should be available on Verizon or unlocked directly from Google. Android Police reports the Pixel will retail for $649 when it goes on sale.

Google is holding a media event on October 4 in San Francisco, CA. where it's expected to make several hardware announcements. Past the Pixel line, Google could announce expanded smart home offerings, new 4k Chromecast, and Wi-Fi router.

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