Google will release flagships in the Pixel lineup later this year, maybe in September or October. There’s time for the flagships to arrive, but leaks are already surrounding the web with the latest one being the GFXBench listing. Last month, it was revealed that Google would release three smartphones this year- the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel XL 2, and a bigger Google Taimen. The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are currently known with codenames- walleye and muskie respectively.
Today, the Google Pixel XL 2 made its way to the GFXBench benchmark database, which apparently revealed the key specifications of the phone. There’s a huge surprise in the listing. Following the footprints of LG and Samsung, Google is looking to equip an 18:9 aspect ratio screen in the Pixel XL 2. The Pixel XL 2 might have a 5.6-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1312 pixels.
The rest of the specifications are very much expected. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC will adore the smartphone with support for 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device in the listing was a 128GB storage variant. However, the Pixel XL 2 will surely come in various storage options- 32GB and 64GB. The device is equipped with an Adreno 540 GPU.
Furthermore, the listing says that the Pixel XL 2 will have just one camera at the back and it’s a 12MP sensor. Google may not give a complete overhaul to the camera because the first generation Pixel phones had the best camera in any smartphone in 2016. That said, Google will upgrade the sensor, same as what Samsung did with the Galaxy S8 lineup. Moreover, there will be an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies and video calls.
It’s disappointing that Google is going with a single camera setup, but again, there’s not much use of dual cameras in a smartphone, at least for now. The Pixel XL 2 utilised in the benchmark was running Android 7.1.1 Nougat itself. But the phones will come with Android O out-of-the-box.