New details regarding Google’s next-gen flagship smartphone have leaked. According to a new report, the HTC-built Google Pixel XL will be priced at $649, although it’s not clear if that price is for the 128 GB or 32 GB storage configuration.
Google introduced its first smartphone, the Nexus One, in January 2010 and partnered with HTC to build the device. The company has continued to partner with several Android smartphone and tablet makers over the years to produce its Nexus lineup, but it now looks like the company is going to put an end to the Nexus brand.
The first concrete evidence of Google killing off its Nexus brand came in the form of the company renaming its Nexus Launcher, which had been available to download from the Google Play Store. Leaked images of its replacement, Pixel Launcher, were posted online via a reliable tipster, all but confirming Google’s new smartphones would be Pixel handsets.
Since HTC kicked off Google’s first Nexus smartphone, it only makes sense the company would be enlisted to build Google’s first Pixel smartphones. The two new handsets have already been making headlines over the last few months, and in July, we learned that the pair was codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, along with a leaked render showing off the new design.
We just reported that a render of the Google Pixel Sailfish has appeared in a 360-degree video, and now, new details about its larger sibling, Marlin, which is expected to officially be called the Pixel XL, have emerged.
According to a post on Twitter from David Ruddock of Android Police, he claims that the Google Pixel XL will reportedly be priced at $649 when it’s officially released. However, he says that he’s not clear whether this price is for the 32 GB or 128 GB variant.
If we look at Google’s current pricing structure for the Nexus 6P, which the Pixel XL is expected to replace, the 32 GB variant sold for $499, while the 64 GB model was priced at $549 and the 128 GB storage option carried a $649 price tag.
The Google Pixel XL is expected to boast a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 4 GB of RAM. The handset is believed to pack in a 13 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front-facing snapper.
With Google’s upcoming Pixel event, which is rumored to take place on Oct. 4, we should begin to learn more extensive details regarding both the new Pixel (Sailfish) and Pixel XL (Marlin).
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