Google Pixel and Pixel XL release date, specs: leak reveals design details, smartphones to launch on October 4

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Google is about to launch several new devices in a few days, and ahead of the big event, Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, teased that the unveiling could be one of Google’s biggest launches since the company’s operating system made its debut eight years ago.

In a tweet on Sept. 24, Lockheimer wrote, “We announced the first version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be talking about Oct. 4, 2016.”

Earlier reports claimed that Google will be scrapping the Nexus line in favor of its new “Pixel” branding and that two new smartphones will be launched at the said event. Previously thought to be the Nexus Sailfish and Marlin, it has been reported that the tech giant will be releasing the Pixel and Pixel XL, and ahead of the launch date, several photos of what appears to be the smartphones have leaked online.

Android Police published the photos of the upcoming devices, which show the Pixel and Pixel XL side by side. Based on the pictures, it appears that the phones will have metal builds and curved edges. The top of the rear panel appears to be made of glass, and the fingerprint sensor can be seen on top of the glass panel. The markings and brand of the phones have been obscured in the photos.

Over the past few days, more information about the Pixel and Pixel XL have started showing up online, with the latter having appeared at Geekbench. Said to be the larger among the two Pixel phones, the listing confirms that the Pixel XL will have a Qualcomm processor with 4 GB of random access memory (RAM). It will also ship with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. The phone will have a 5.5-inch display, while the Pixel will have a 5.2-inch screen.

Along with the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google is also expected to unveil its latest tablet, the Pixel 7, and an Android-Chrome OS hybrid on Oct. 4. Stay tuned for more news about the Pixel and Pixel XL.