Google Pixel gets shown off again in new image leak

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UPDATE: Shortly after this Google Pixel render leaked, a render of the Google Pixel XL surfaced, too. The Pixel XL looks similar to the Pixel, but it’s got a different wallpaper. Keep in mind that the Pixel XL is expected to be larger than the Pixel, offering a 5.5-inch screen while the Pixel will have a 5-inch display. You can see the Pixel XL render below.

 

Google is expected to debut its new Pixel phones at an event next week, but if you don’t want to wait that long, the rumor mill has a new image for you right now.

A new render of the Google Pixel has surfaced, courtesy of VentureBeat. We can see the front of the device, complete with a camera, earpiece, and power/lock and volume buttons on the side.

Perhaps more interesting than this Pixel’s physical features is the software on its display. The phone appears to be running Google’s new launcher that’s been rumored in the past, complete with a “G” tab for launching Google Search and a calendar widget that displays the date and day of the week.

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At the bottom of the screen there’s a new app dock. This dock now has an arrow above it that you can tap or swipe on to access your app drawer. Because the app drawer icon is missing from the dock, there’s now room for five of the user’s favorite apps. Below the dock are some all-white on-screen navigation buttons. Also of note is that these app icons are round.

Today’s report says that Google’s new Pixel phones will be sold by Verizon in the US as well as in unlocked flavors. That they’ll be available unlocked is not surprising since Google offers its Nexus phones unlocked, too, but it’s still good to hear. Pricing for these phones is expected to start at $649 for the smaller Pixel. There’s no word on the price of the bigger model, but don’t be surprised if it’s higher than the standard Pixel since it’s expected to have a bigger, higher-resolution display and larger battery.

Source: VentureBeat

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  • Lisandro Diaz U

    Did you say $649 for the smaller pixel? Yeah ok, too much.

    • Acdc1a

      You can buy a lot for not so much these days. $649 is not a good starting point.

      • Andrew Singleton

        Honor 8 was $350. So far it’s the best phone I’ve ever owned. Smoother than s7 with Google Now Launcher and amazing camera!

    • Philip

      Yes too much. Got OLED screen?

    • Benben

      For this price all I can see is the pixels

  • Deswaga

    Wow…Guess Ill be waiting on the LGV20.

  • Mike Thaler

    For that price, it better have a top notch camera. The LG 5 and V20 do. Will these be workable for their Fi service.

    • a d00d

      Also, the V20 has a removable battery and micro-SD. Based on past designs it is extremely unlikely a Google phone will have either.

      Also interesting is that LG went with an IPS LCD display instead of OLED. Maybe it’ll even work in daylight, though I doubt it. At least you won’t have to worry about burn-in like you do with the blue pixels in an OLED display (for people who keep the display brightness maxed out all the time–something I don’t do and thus my Nexus 6 has no burn-in at all).

      If it wasn’t for the horrendous speeds I’ve been getting lately I wouldn’t even be considering a new phone as the Shamu works fine in that department and will get Nougat…some day…but the tri-band CA (including AWS-3 / Band-66) combined with Cat-12 / Release 11 LTE downlink should make a big difference compared to the no-CA (for TMo’s bands) and Cat-4 speeds and modulation in the Nexus radio (it stays parked on B4 only and we’re still waiting for KPPX-DT to move from Channel 51 to 31 so we can have out Band 12 in Phoenix).

      • Fabian

        Horrible speeds as well. My browser keeps loading offline content and webpages.

      • Fabian

        I think you should first find out if B2 is not congested as B4. If it is then CA will be of little help.

        It’s the first time I’m hearing about bad speeds with B4. Not a good sign.

      • superg05

        LG is’nt capable of making the same quality OLED as Samsung
        LAST TIME I SAW IT THEY WHERE STUCK IN 720P for small screens while Samsung could do 4k but it wasn’t as battery efficient yet as it’s 2k screens yet at the time a year ago if i remember correctly. But LG is capable of producing that 2k res in LCD

  • FILA

    I will be pre-ordering as soon as the page goes live

  • Benben

    Alcatel idol 3 for 99$ and no need for a mortgage to buy a phone

    • steveb944

      So buy year old mid range hardware is the solution? Considering the non Gorilla Glass on Alcatel devices, I can’t recommend them. Axon 7, Oneplus 3 are much more viable options that are affordable.

      • Benben

        For everyday use it is perfect
        All you need is 99$ and a screen protector
        And if it breaks you can get new one tomorrow morning and it’s only gonna cost you 99$ and a screen protector

        • Travis Tabbal

          And save on the phone insurance, as $99 is less than the deductible on a smart phone. If you want to splurge, spend $10 on a tempered glass protector. Those are nice.

      • Acdc1a

        I say $149 or $199 for a Moto G4.

        • steveb944

          Well I don’t trust Lenovo anymore. Plus we’re on an article about flagships.

        • Acdc1a

          I’d rather buy 3…still save money. Lenovo would have to have one hell of a fail rate for these to be a better value.

          This is a flagship article and Benben pointed out the insanity of paying $649 for a device. I concur.

  • gmo8492

    If HTC is building these, they’re doing a terrible job by copying their pricing scheme.

    • Andrew Singleton

      Have you seen a 10? I disagree!

      • gmo8492

        Yeah I’ve seen it, but I don’t like the price.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Hold on to your 5x/6p for another 2 years I say

  • steadymobb

    It’s just… There. Existing.

  • noh1bvisas

    nope.

  • Jimmy James

    This is a product that probably won’t have T-Mobile’s new network features, since it is being sold at Verizon, like the last Google phone did not. Had to wait for an update.

  • Ty Christensen

    How can they justify this price point? 6P launched for $500 (32GB) and 5X for $380 (16GB), after so many complaints about they Nexus 6 price point of $650 they’re doing it all over again, I’ve waited 4 years to upgrade my Nexus 4 this was supposed to be my year and now I’m not so sure I wanna get the Pixel, don’t even wanna know how much the XL is going to be if the smaller one is $650, wow Google, just wow!

    • lion7718

      This isn’t a Nexus phone. This is Google’s iPhone, something they control & can lockdown.

      • Ty Christensen

        This is the rumor and I’m afraid it’s going to be true.

    • Alex Pilaia

      try the one plus 3

    • noh1bvisas

      4 years? congratulations. you’re more frugal than me, and my friends call me cheap.

  • SirStephenH

    No front-facing stereo speakers, no OIS, only sold though Verizon and Google, etc… Looks like I might have to hold onto my Nexus 6 for another year.

    • Ordeith

      Let’s not forget, expensive as hell.

      Looks like the fail streak of the Pixel line is in no danger of ending.

    • Jason Caprio

      I Know what you mean. I had high hopes for this phone until the specs and price leaked. My girlfriend’s Nexus 6P is an amazing phone. Front facing speakers, 5.7″ display, and wasn’t too expensive.

      With my issues with T-Mobile, I had my eye on Verizon’s Moto Z Force if/when I jump ship lol

      • SirStephenH

        I would have loved to get a 6P but it was never sold by T-Mobile so no EIP. I’d definitely be looking at a Motorola if Google doesn’t get their act together.

  • kev2684

    why does it have a bar at the bottom? What is this iOS?

  • squiggleslash

    $649? Seriously? When you can get an off-brand (such as BLU) with impressively high-endish specs for under $200? I don’t think Google understands the market for Android devices any more, which may be a problem given their role in the entire eco-system.

  • Mike

    Might be a nice phone with lots of features but…a bit pricy. Right now you can get the nexus 5x through project fi for under $200.

    • redman12

      You can get Nexus 6P for $319 refurbished from Best buy online. Solid phone.

  • NavyVeteran

    The question is, will T-Mobile carry the thing? Probably not. The answer from a few stores, we don’t carry phones made by the company making the OS.. But I said you carry the Crapple phones, she was like, yeah everyone loves those. BS

    • SirStephenH

      They carried the Nexus 6 two years ago…

    • arandomperson7

      I work for tmobile, whoever you talked to is an idiot. But unfortunately we have not received any word whether or not we’ll be carrying it. I hope we do I want to use my next jump on demand upgrade for a pixel xl.

  • ImHomeNow

    It looks like an iPhone.

  • spartanjet

    kind of ugly. typical ADroid device.