Google is preparing its new line of devices, for 2016 to be named Pixel rather than continuing on from the Nexus branding we have enjoyed for the last six generations. This year, HTC is building two Pixel branded handsets, the Pixel (with a codename of Sailfish) and the larger Pixel XL (with a codename of Marlin). These devices have been leaked over the last few months and we have seen purported designs, renders, specifications and new features revealed, and we have seen the front panels including the touchscreen for sale on the Canadian eBay website by seller Oneby_tech. The designs, showing at the bottom of this article, mirror existing leaked photographs and renders that we have seen. With a consistent series of photographs and renders, this gives us confidence in understanding what the new Google Pixel devices will at least look like.
As for under the skin, here it is believed that the smaller of the devices, the Google Pixel (or Sailfish) device, will be based around a quad core, 64-bit processor with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz and backed up by 4 GB of RAM. It's likely that this is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 82x-series chipset and the latest rumours point towards the Snapdragon 821. Currently, the Snapdragon 820 is clocked at up to 2.15 GHz and the newer, less frequently seen Snapdragon 821 has a higher clock speed. The display is a 5.0-inch, AMOLED panel. It is possible that Google have deliberately underclocked the chipset in order to conserve battery life. There will be a 12MP rear facing camera, a 8MP front facing unit, a front facing speaker and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The larger Google Pixel XL, or Marlin device is believed to sport a 5.5-inch, 1440p resolution AMOLED panel, a larger battery, but otherwise have a similar specification. We've no word on the clock speed of the Google Pixel XL but it's possible that it will be higher than the smaller model, but both devices appear to be based around a similar chipset and the key difference appearing to be the larger screen and bigger battery in the Pixel XL or Marlin. This is different to the 2015 Nexus range, where the smaller Google Nexus 5X has a lesser chipset, display and RAM as compared with the Google Nexus 6P.
We don't yet know when the new Pixel devices will be officially announced or released, but we have seen the 4 October mooted as a possible release date. Hopefully by then in addition to a thorough understand of device specification, we will understand pricing and market availability.