Google Pixel XL 2017 to Sport Squeezable Frame, Slim Bezels: Report

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Google Pixel XL 2017 to Sport Squeezable Frame, Slim Bezels: Report

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Highlights

  • New "squeezable" frame tipped for the Pixel XL 2017
  • Pixel XL 2017 said to sport 6-inch display
  • The phone is also likely to come with 2:1 aspect ratio

Google in October last year unveiled its first smartphone - the Google Pixel - and we are just a few months away from a possible upgrade of the hardware. A new leak claims to show the 2017 model of the Google Pixel XL, the larger display variant in the Pixel series.

Android Police has published an image claiming to show the second-generation Google Pixel XL. The publication says the name of the next-generation Pixel smartphone is yet to be finalised, meaning it could launch as the Google Pixel XL 2 or Google Pixel XL 2017 or something altogether different.

The front is said to be dominated by an LG-made AMOLED panel which measures 6 inches diagonally, compared to 5.5 inches seen on the original Google Pixel XL. Android Police claims that the new Pixel XL will sport an aspect ratio of 2:1 - the same as the LG G6 and its 18:9 aspect ratio. Much like the original Pixel, the new Pixel XL is seen featuring rounded corners. Some other design elements spotted in the leaked image show the speaker grille at the top as well as the front-facing camera.

Google is being rumoured to go for "squeezable" frame on its Pixel XL, an approach that was recently tried by HTC With its U11 flagship. The report adds that the "squeezable" frame will help Pixel XL 2017 owners interact with Google Assistant. We can expect more details in future leaks.

The leaked image of the Google Pixel XL 2017 clearly shows that Google has maintained some basic design cues from the original Pixel while there are still a few major changes in overall design. First off, starting with the differences, we see slim bezels, and a screen approach same as LG (G6) or Samsung (Galaxy S8).

Another noticeable change is at the back where the fingerprint scanner now has been placed outside the glass area. Additionally, we also see that the size of the glass portion at the back has been shortened. The primary camera sensor looks big though the leaked image isn't providing much proof whether it's flush with the body. The camera sensor is further seen surrounded by a Silver coloured ring.

In another leak, bunch of next-generation Pixel and Pixel XL cases have leaked in images giving a rough idea about the new design. Unfortunately, the leaked cases don't give a lot in terms of what to expect on the new Pixel hardware. However, the new cases do suggest that the new Pixel hardware indeed sport a large camera sensor. The leaked images were posted on Slashleaks.

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Ketan Pratap

Ketan Pratap covers daily news and rumours at Gadgets 360. He attended IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication), majoring in English Journalism. Ketan is a ... More

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