Latest twist from Google says Muskie out, Taimen in for Pixel XL 2

The path to a new set of Pixel phones from Google this fall continues to follow a twisting track.

Earlier this year codenames surfaced for two devices, Muskie and Walleye, that were quickly pegged as the second generation Pixel devices with the Muskie being the larger of the two. That was followed up in March with rumors of a third codename, Taimen, that was reported to be a third Pixel device to be released. Now sources are indicating Google has dropped the muskie device and will stick with just two new devices, the walleye and the Taimen.

Over the weekend, a new GFX Bench score surfaced alleging to be for the Pixel XL 2. That report showed a display that was 5.6-inches, which seems to be on the low side for a larger device and is certainly not consistent with descriptions of the Taimen device. That might suggest the GFX Bench entry, despite how it was entered, is actually for the Pixel 2. That would put the Pixel 2 at a size that is just a tad smaller than the Galaxy S8 and open the door to a larger Pixel 2 device being in the 6-inch plus range.

If accurate, this move may suggest Google is following the Samsung strategy of establishing their “smaller” device with a screen in excess of 5.5-inches. Hopefully this might also mean Google will be following the trend of this year’ flagship devices in radically shrinking bezels and maximizing the screen to body ratio in order to keep the overall smartphone size manageable.

source: Android Police


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