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Google Pixel XL Press Image Leaks, Shows Off Design And Confirms Redesigned Android 7.1 Nougat On Board

29 September 2016, 12:10 am EDT By James Geddes Tech Times
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Google's Pixel and Pixel XL event is taking place on Oct. 4, and information pertaining to both devices is flowing at a rapid rate. What appears to be an official press image of the 5.5-inch Pixel XL has been published by a reliable source.

Google clearly has Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in its target with its upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The company is using the same overall design on the Pixel and Pixel XL, with screen size and resolution being the main difference between the devices. The pair will reportedly be offered in three color options, Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue, when Google officially announces the devices at its press event.

Tech Times earlier reported that an image of the Google Pixel was posted online by Evan Blass, who has a solid track record of reporting smartphone news. Now, the same source has followed up and published what appears to be an official press image of the Pixel XL ahead of Google's unveiling.

The image appears to confirm that the Pixel XL and Pixel will use an updated version of Android 7.1 Nougat, as evidenced by the redesigned UI, which incorporates round icons, redesigned navigation keys and more low key Google widget on the top left hand side of the display.

The latest reports claim the Pixel will pack in a 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD display, while the Pixel XL will reportedly use a 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display. The handsets will use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, found in most current Android flagship smartphones, as well as 4 GB of RAM.

Google is expected to offer the Pixel and Pixel XL in storage configurations of 32 GB and 128 GB. The devices will sport 12-megapixel rear cameras with dual-LED flash, OIS (optical image stabilization) and 8-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and selfies. The Pixel is said to include a 2,770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL will reportedly pack in a large 3,450 mAh battery.

Unlike Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which have ditched the standard 3.5mm headphone port, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL retain the port, which is located at the top of the devices, while a USB Type-C port is located on the bottom to charge and transfer data. Users will also find a fingerprint scanner located on the rear of the smartphones to unlock the device and authorize mobile payments.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to be more expensive than Google's previous Nexus smartphones, with the Pixel reportedly having the same starting price of $649 as Apple's iPhone 7. The Pixel XL is believed to be priced similar to the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

As always, we'll keep you posted on any new Pixel and Pixel XL details as they become available. Are you planning to buy a Pixel or Pixel XL? Please let us and our readers know in the comments below.

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