Today must be a Pixel day. New leaks confirmed what we had previously reported about the Pixel phones being on the pricier side, but the new leak says it will be the smaller Pixel and not the Pixel XL that will cost about $649. A Nest commercial aired in the Netherlands features a phone that looks a whole hell of a lot like the upcoming Google Pixel,
and shortly after these non blurry images of the Pixel and Pixel XL leaked online.
The images show both phones in the aluminum finish, which does look very light above. I think that’s down to the harsh lighting. The top of the rear panel is clearly lighter and smoother (it’s glass). The fingerprint sensor is up there as well. There are some IDs and markings obscured for obvious reasons.
The front is a similar story: a slate of glass on top of the display, relatively slim side bezels, and few sensors above. The only difference between the Pixel and the Pixel XL seems to be the size. They are rumored to feature a 5.2-inch display and a 5.5-inch display, respectively. One thing is for sure, however: the Pixel phones are positively HTC. They look very similar to the HTC A9, and by association, Google’s upcoming phones look very similar to the iPhone. For better or worse.
The bottom bezel seems to be sporting a logo of some sort which has been burred. Perhaps, another clue that the phone has been made by HTC since we have in the past seen HTC making big bottom chins on its phones just to put it’s logo in the front. But this time it could be the Google logo. Or as was seen in some renders before, it does appear that there could be a physical button in the front as well. With the fingerprint scanner on the back it’s not known what this button will serve for. Perhaps it could be a dedicated button for activating Google’s new assistant. But wouldn’t it make more sense to have both the things on one button?
There’s not a whole lot we can gather from the images themselves, but the launcher on the right could offer clues into Google’s rumored plan to drop the ‘Nexus’ moniker on its flagship Android devices in favor of the ‘Pixel’ label. A a leaked launcher app from Google — one that’s nearly identical although devoid of the Nexus name — could offer further clues to Google’s plans for the Nexus brand.
According to a report from BGR, the Pixel XL could be an underpowered disappointment. For now though, we’ll just need to wait until the rumored October 4 announcement to find out more.