Google's new smartphones Pixel, Pixel XL could launch October 4: Report

HTC will manufacture the Pixel and Pixel XL for Google, but they won't carry HTC's branding.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor
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Google could replace its Nexus smartphone line with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, reports Android Police, following word earlier this week Google will drop its Nexus line.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are believed to be HTC manufactured, though HTC won't have branding on the devices. Details for the Pixel and Pixel XL have been leaking for sometime -- believed to carry codenames Sailfish and Marlin.

Both handsets could be unveiled at Google's event on October 4th, next to DayDream VR and an Amazon Echo competitor.

The Sailfish, or Pixel, is believed to be 5-inches with a rounded design. The Marlin, or Pixel XL, is believed to be heftier with a 5.5-inch display. Internally, the devices will share quad-core Qualcomm processors, 4GB of RAM, and 12-megapixel cameras. The Pixel XL will carry a larger battery.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to bring the announcement of Android 7.1, adding VR support for the DayDream platform. Google is remaining quiet on specifics.

It's not clear if Google's dropping the Nexus brand entirely. This isn't the first time Google has used the Pixel's name, as it's been found on two Chromebooks and Android tablet.

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