While Google is busy readying the iterative upgrades for its Pixel devices, the rumor mills have started chugging out information. According to an earlier report, the new Pixel device would come in three avatars, one, a small screened device, the other being a large screen device and the last one being a premium offering with an even larger screen. Yes, even Apple is rumored to be prepping three iPhone variants this year. However, later on, the reports further said that the middle device was canceled leaving us with only two Pixel variants for this year.
Apparently, LG and HTC are in the race to manufacture this year’s Pixel phones and the bigger Pixel is said to be an LG device. In fact, a recent bug report further strengthens the possibility that the Pixel Phone is likely to be manufactured by LG. The smaller Pixel is codenamed “walleye” while the larger one is “taimen.” Folks at XDA have been able to obtain the information from a source who has been working on the devices. The source has confirmed the final specifications and the features for the upcoming Pixel.
Taimen, the larger Pixel device is expected to come equipped with a 5.99-inch Display set at a resolution of 1440p. The OLED display will be sourced from LG and the phone will come with thinner bezels as opposed to its predecessor. The storage option includes 128GB and needless to say, it will come equipped with the latest Snapdragon 835 coupled with a 4GB of RAM. On the design front, most of the elements including the two-tone glass and metal finish back will be carried over from the first generation Pixel. I Personally hope that Google does away with the chunky bottom jaw of the current Pixels.
The ‘Walleye’ is speculated to come equipped with a 4.97-inch FHD display. However, the smaller Pixel will still retain the chunky bezels and will also pack in a stereo speakers at the front. Google is expected to be “courageous” this time around and ditch the 3.5mm jack in favour of the USB Type-C audio port. The hardware options will be similar and the storage is expected to be 64GB.
Moving on, the most interesting aspect, however, is that the larger Taimen uses the name “Nexus Imprint” in the pre-production software while the Walleye refers to the same as the “Pixel Imprint.” This is something that perhaps hints at the return of the Nexus lineup or maybe it’s just a residual file or a placeholder as the source points out. The bottom line, it will be exciting to see how the new Pixel devices turn out to be and to add to the excitement is the possibility of a Nexus return.