Google Pixel Phones to Launch on October 4

Google is set to name its new phone Pixel and Pixel XL, removing the Nexus name.

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Google has officially announced, via a teasing video, that they will be launching the new phones on 4th of October next month. According to recent reports, Google is set to disband the Nexus name this year. Several sources have said that Google is going to name its new phone Pixel, replacing their legacy – the ‘Nexus’ name.

This year Google is set to unveil two new devices. It had been previously reported that these phones will have codenamed Sailfish and Marlin. They will now be called Pixel and Pixel XL respectively. Rumor mills have been circulating for some time now stating that this year’s OEM is HTC.

The phones’ design had previously come under criticism because of the huge bezel present below the screen. But the recently leaked images show that the bezel is a tad bit smaller than previously rumored. I personally think HTC should have opted for dual front-facing speakers instead of the downward-facing speakers. This would have made a use of the bezel whilst providing great sound quality.

Google is set to remove the Nexus branding.
Google is set to remove the Nexus branding in their new phones.

Talking about the devices, Sailfish is a mid-range budget-friendly version while Marlin is the flagship device.  Both of the phones will have Android 7.0 Nougat installed out of the box. But unlike previous years, these devices won’t be the first phones to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box as LG V20 is set to take that honor. They will now feature a Google logo on the back (i.e. no Nexus logo).

Rumored specifications of Sailfish and Marlin:




5inch (1920 x 1080 pixel) AMOLED display

5.5-inch (2560 x 1440 pixel)  AMOLED display

Android version

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat



32GB or 128GB of memory





Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/820


Quad-core at 2.1 GHz

Quad-core Kroyo


Adreno 530

Adreno 530


13/12MP Rear, 5MP front

13/12MP Rear, 8MP front




Note: The specs could be different when the phones are unveiled officially.