When it comes to Google’s next generation Android flagships, we’ve covered plenty of leaks on the devices’ rumored specs and features, but we haven’t seen much with regards to what the actual smartphones will look like. Thankfully, a new leak is giving us our first look at the overall design language of the upcoming devices.
Android Police has just posted a speculative render of the second-generation Pixel XL (which we’ll simply call Pixel 2 XL from here on out) based on information received from its sources. While the Pixel 2 XL (codename Taimen) might not come out looking 100 percent identical to this render, the publication has a confidence rating of 8 out of 10 on this report, and its past track record on Google product leaks (both hardware and software) is pretty solid.
Google Pixel 2 XL, image courtesy Android Police
As has previously been reported, LG is in the driver’s seat with regards to Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL production, with the latter featuring a large 6-inch LG AMOLED display with a 2:1 aspect ratio. Like recent flagships (namely the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 family), the Pixel 2 XL has minimal bezels and lacks a traditional physical home button.
Moving to the back of the device, we can see that Google is sticking with the two-tone finish (due to the rear glass window) and a center-positioned fingerprint sensor that is mounted roughly in the same position as on its predecessor. There is a much larger cutout for the rear camera lens, although it appears that Google is forgoing the emerging shift towards dual cameras on flagship Android smartphones.
Overall, the Pixel 2 XL won’t be mistaken for anything but a Pixel device, and the design looks a touch classier than its predecessor. When it comes to specs, the Pixel 2 XL is rumored to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a QHD display panel.
If Google and LG can address some of the complaints about the original Pixel/Pixel XL like its weak speakers and lack of robust water resistance, this could be the Android flagship smartphone to beat for 2017.