Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Google Pixel Phone is Expected To Be Fast

Google Pixel
After iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7, only one more major smartphone is expected this year. Google's 2016 Nexus devices that will not have Nexus branding are still in the works and should launch next month. New reports indicate the Pixel and Pixel XL may be the fastest Android phones in town, but there's also some bad news in store.

The Pixel (Sailfish) and Pixel XL (Marlin) might be the only Android handsets to ship with the updated Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor on board in the US. The news comes from Android Police’s David Ruddock, who took to Twitter to explain Google's thinking behind the Pixel line.

"By the way, as far as I can tell, the Pixels will by the first US devices with Snapdragon 821 by a long shot. No one else is using it," he said.

"Pixel phones will have exclusive Google support, exclusive software features, and exclusive financing options," he also noted. "Google is going for it."

"So, if you're the person who wanted Google to 'really get out there and market their phones,' you may finally see your wish granted," Ruddock added.

As for prices, Google "is getting out of the 'cheap phone' business at this point," he said. "This one is more hearsay: price point being thrown around for Pixel XL is US$ 649. Not clear if that's 32GB or 128GB."

But these aren't the only Pixel leaks for today. AndroidPure has a Google Pixel XL leak as well. The phone, complete with its ugly rear design, was shown in what appears to be a case leak. The images were posted on Weibo initially, showing a phone that's similar to what a few have seen in other leaks. And yes, there's Google branding on the back, rather than Nexus.

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