Google is expected to unveil two new Pixel-branded smartphones at its upcoming hardware event on 4 October while some veteran tipsters have leaked an unofficial image of an alleged Pixel phone, ahead of the launch date. Folks at VentureBeat have confirmed in a recent report that Google will indeed be introducing a Google Pixel and a Pixel XL phones at the high-profile event.
The phone in the leaked image has been identified as the 'Google Pixel' while there are no such leaks available for the Pixel XL. Nevertheless, it is ascertained that Google will be launching two new Pixel-branded phones, which are codenamed 'Sailfish' and 'Marlin' at its upcoming hardware event.
The Android maker seems all set to ditch the Nexus branding in favour of newly-designed Pixel smartphones, which will be built by HTC. The smaller Pixel phone will use the Sailfish codename as initially reported by Android Police in June.
According to existing rumours, the Pixel phone will ship with a 5in full HD (1080p) display, which will be powered by a 2.0GHz 64-bit quad-core processor. Among other power-packed features, the phone will include 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 2770mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.
In addition, the Pixel phone will introduce a top-mounted headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner at the back (similar to Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P), and a USB-C port at the bottom.
Android Police also adds that the Pixel XL will sport a bigger 5.5in QHD display, an allegedly more powerful processor and a 3450mAh battery.
The Pixel phones will be initially launched for Verizon in the US while the unlocked version can be bought directly via Google. There is still no word on the global availability of these phones.
The smaller Pixel phone is expected to retail starting at $649, which could make it the most expensive entry-level phone in contrast to the Nexus lineup.