The image you see above is what we believe to be an accurate representation of Google’s 2017 flagship smartphone, the 2nd-generation Pixel “XL.” This image is based on information from sources we deem extremely reliable. For those of you keeping track, this is the codename “taimen” device.
We rate this rumor a 8 out of 10 on our confidence scale. The reason we are subtracting two points is due to the fact that we are not confident our source material reflects a fully finalized design. As such, there is a possibility that small changes may still occur before the phone makes it into production, as we don’t expect Google to announce this device before October. Still, we are exceptionally confident that this image represents the overall look and feel of Google’s new smartphone, even if some small elements may not end up being representative of the final product.
Note that this is the larger Pixel device. We do not have any information about the smaller phone for 2017.
You’re staring at it. This new design, while evoking the theme of the first-generation Pixel XL in some very clear respects, is also a very substantial departure from that phone, as well. Our sources indicate LG is the manufacturer, as has been previously rumored. If you’re curious about specifications, I would say XDA’s leak a couple of weeks back sounds pretty plausible.
The rear of the new XL is curved like last year’s phone, though perhaps with sharper corners this time around. The fingerprint scanner now sits below the glass “window” at the top of the phone, as opposed to inside it, likely because the window itself seems substantially smaller than the one on the 2016 XL.
It’s unclear based on our imagery if the new XL’s camera is perfectly flush with the glass window