Google could be scrapping its Nexus range, rebranding them as Pixel and Pixel XL


Google is apparently looking to rebrand their Nexus range of phones to fall in line with their Pixel devices.

This will mean that the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P will be the last to be released under the Nexus banner with the future flagships being known as Pixel and Pixel XL.

There is very little information available about the two devices but two sources close to Google have confirmed the news, reports Android Police.

The Pixel is expected to have a 5 inch display with the Pixel XL having a 5.5 inch screen and are expected to be narrower devices that what is presently on offer.

The Pixel brand has previously been associated with Google’s premium products such as the Chromebook Pixel and the Chromebook Pixel 2 as well as the Pixel C – the Android tablet.

The latest Google handset has already been seen although it is not as impressive as the Nexus 5X or 6P. The news comes after a sneaky shot was leaked online of someone apparently using the device.

The photos were uploaded by a Twitter user called “nexus” and claims that the HTC made Nexus “looks like a cross between the Nexus 4 & iPhone with glass and fingerprint scanner on the back”.

Leaked Google Nexus phone

The account, which has only posted those two tweets claimed that there will be two Nexus devices, one 5 inch and a larger 5.5 inch, which is thought to be the premium model.

Android Police goes onto report that the new Nexus replacements will be launched at an event in either New York or San Francisco on October 4.

As well as its new family of smartphones, the event will also see Google unveil its updated Chromecast video streaming device, which will be called either the Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra and will be the first device of its kind to support 4K video.

The move to rebrand its Nexus range follows reports from earlier this week that claimed the search engine giant was going to revert back to sporting the ‘Google’ name on its smartphones, as it had done in the early days of Android.

Previous rumours had claimed the new Nexus devices would be called Sailfish and Marlin.

The Sailfish, which according to the latest report will now be called the Pixel, will include a 5 inch 1920 x 1080p display with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

While the Marlin, or the Pixel XL, will have a 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 display and a hefty 3,450 mAh battery. Both phones are expected to include USB-C, rear mounted fingerprint scanner and 12MP primary camera.


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