The big Google event isn't until tomorrow, but Google's phones are here to be gawked at today. The latest leak of the company's Pixel and Pixel XL handsets comes via UK retailer Carphone Warehouse (and 9to5Google), with the phone-seller accidentally publishing a clutch of photos, informative slides, and specs. They show the same devices we've seen in previous leaks, with Google's "G" logo branding, as well as a new tagline: "Phone by Google." We saw the same line in another recent leak from Canadian operator Bell this weekend, though whether or not it's official branding remains to be seen.
The published pages from Carphone Warehouse came with full specs, including familiar details (5-inch and 5.5-inch displays on the Pixel and Pixel XL, respectively; Snapdragon 821 processors; and 4GB of RAM) as well as some that might just be placeholders (such as a microSD slot). Other listed specs include the choice of 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, a 2770mAh battery for the Pixel and a 3450mAh battery for the Pixel XL, and screen resolutions of 1080 x 1920 for the smaller device, and 1440 x 2560 for the larger.
The two phones are identical in everything but size
As we've seen before, the phones are identical in looks. There's an offset camera on the front of the case, what looks like a circular fingerprint scanner on the rear, an antenna line on the bottom, and a split material design on the rear — with a shinier surface on the top third of the phone, and a matte finish on the bottom. We can see a USB Type-C port on the bottom, and a cutout in the case suggests there's a headphone jack on the top of the devices. Previous rumors have said the handsets will be manufactured by HTC.
Pulled slides from Carphone Warehouse also showcased a number of Google software features, including free photo storage on Google Photos, and the Duo video chat app and Allo messaging app (complete with built-in Google Assistant). Also mentioned is a quick charge feature (15 minutes of charging for seven hours' battery life) and the return of Live Cases — customized phone cases that were introduced earlier this year for the Nexus 6, 5X, and 6P for $35 a pop. Let's just hope there are at least some new information left for Google to announce tomorrow.