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Google's new Pixel smartphones show up in leaked images

Google's new Pixel smartphones show up in leaked images


It may start at $649

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We're just one week away from the unveiling of Google's newest smartphones and VentureBeat has got its hands on a clear image of the gadgets. Supposedly called the Pixel, the device is said to replace Google's Nexus line with two different sized devices and fresh brand names.

According to Android Police, one will be a 5-inch smartphone called the Pixel, to replace last year's LG-made Nexus 5X (seemingly pictured above), while a 5.5-inch model called the Pixel XL — which is pictured below — will supplant the Huawei-produced Nexus 6P. Both phones are said to represent a new philosophy at Google's phone division, which is aiming to be more "opinionated" about the software and hardware of its handsets in the words of CEO Sundar Pichai. The smaller of the two devices may start at $649, Android Police says.

Google Pixel XL

The new Pixel smartphone is rumored to replace Google's Nexus line

The leaked images don't tell us too much other than the obvious fact that the Pixel — or whatever Google decides to call it — will be a very stripped-down, no-frills device. We can see a barebones version of Android layered on a device that looks as if it borrows here and there from the existing Nexus 5X and the iPhone 7. Google hasn't said too much about its upcoming event, other than aggressively advertising the new products as true iPhone competitors using a new dedicated website, mammoth building-sized advertisements in Germany, and even a statue in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

We'll obviously know more on October 4th when Google takes the wraps off the new phones, so tune in then for more concrete details on the future of the Nexus line.

Update: September 27th, 3:27PM: Added image of the purported Google Pixel XL from VentureBeat.

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