Google Pixel shot leaked, showing the new Android UI


In exactly a week the Google Pixel and Pixel XL devices will be released. Meanwhile, a press render of the smaller Pixel phone has emerged into the web, giving us more information about the upcoming devices.

The Pixel phones

The leaked photo from VentureBeat is said to show the smaller of the two upcoming devices, the Google Pixel manufactured by HTC. The phone is very minimalistic, with pretty large bezels sandwiching the display – similarly to old HTC flagships, like the One M9. Sadly, there are no stereo speakers this time around but it is possible that we will see the BoomSound solution from this years HTC 10 on the Google Pixel, with the second speaker placed at the bottom of the phone. According to Android Police, the phone will feature a 5″ Full HD display, the Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (newer rumours also suggest a 128GB version). The device will have a 12 Mpix rear camera and an 8 Mpix selfie shooter. All of this will be powered by a 2,770 mAh battery that will be charged via a USB-C port. Other features include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and, thankfully, a headphone jack.

The Pixel
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The larger Pixel XL will be very similar to the Pixel, with the only difference inside being a larger 3,450 mAh battery and a bigger 5,5″ QHD display. The device will have an interesting metal and glass build and will most probably be produced by Huawei.


The Pixel XL
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Android 7.1

Both devices are expected to ship with Android 7.1 Nougat. As seen on the Google Pixel render, a few changes have been made to the interface. The default Launcher, now called  Pixel Launcher, will have a slide-up full screen app drawer, a new search and date widget and round icons. A small, yet handy change is the dynamic calendar icon, which now shows the actual date. The navigation buttons have been also redesigned and are now filled in. Also, the home button has a circle around it. Apart from these features, the new version of Nougat won’t be that different from Android 7.0.


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