Google's new Pixel smartphone has been making rounds online, and this time around, a clear look at the upcoming handset has surfaced.
For the uninitiated, the device in question measures at 5 inches, and it's believed to take the place of LG's Nexus 5X. Also, it's expected to go official along with a larger sibling: the 5.5-inch Pixel XL, which is said to be the successor of sorts to the Huawei-made Nexus 6P.
The Pixel Leak
Right off the bat, the leaked image of the Pixel comes from none other than the ol' reliable Evan Blass of VentureBeat, and compared with the previous renders, this one gives a close peek at the face of the smartphone.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) Sept. 26, 2016
As everyone can see, it appears to be a pretty straightforward, no-frill handset — no curved edges like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy Note 7 or anything like the Taptic Engine-powered Home button of the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
While the Android software shown off in the image doesn't really have that wow factor, it's likely a temporary layout, not to mention that the Gmail, camera app and Play Store circular icons with a white backdrop appear to be placeholders — fingers crossed on that one because they aren't exactly that easy on the eyes.
Under The Hood: The Specs
As a little refresher, the Pixel is allegedly going to house Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820, 4 GB worth of RAM, 32 GB of default storage, a USB-C port and a 2,770 mAh battery. It's also said to run on a special version of Android 7.1 Nougat, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise if it turns out to be true, as it's a Google-branded smartphone after all. In a word, it could be on a flagship level in terms of performance with an extra sweet Android.
However, it might cost a pretty penny, hitting the shelves at $649. For the record, that's not the Pixel XL but a base model of the Pixel. To make matters worse, the talk in town says it won't be waterproof, and with a price tag similar to the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7, that's a bit of a downer. Of course, nothing's set in stone yet, at least.
The Bottom Line
Long story short, the Pixel just looks great in this leaked image, even though it more or less leaves a lot to the imagination.
At any rate, Google's big event at San Francisco on Oct. 4 is only a couple of days away, and everyone will finally find out what will really happen to the Nexus line by then.
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