Google Nexus replacement Pixel XL to include powerful Sony camera

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If the latest reports are to be believed Google’s next smartphone could be packed with an impressive camera.

If the reports are correct, the new device will sport top of the range lenses that have been seen previously on the Xperia XZ flagship produced by Sony.

The new device is expected to be unveiled on October 4 along with the Chromecast device.

According to the latest rumours, the new Pixel smartphones will have an IM378 sensor from Sony in the primary camera and an IMX179 sensor in the front facing selfie camera.

Although this would only give the phone 12MP and 8MP cameras it would still be a significant upgrade on the previous Nexus smartphones.

It is not just the camera that has had an upgrade, the larger device; the Pixel XL, (previously codenamed ‘Marlin‘) will come with a 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 display and a 3,450 mAh battery.

The other device, the Pixel (or Sailfish) will have a 5 inch 1920 x 1080 screen with 32GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM.

Both devices will have a rear mounted fingerprint scanner and come with Android’s latest 7.0 Nougat software.

Google is expected to remove the App Launcher on the Pixel smartphones. Image: Android Police

Google is expected to remove the App Launcher on the Pixel smartphones.
Image: Android Police

The Pixel phones are also rumoured to drop the iconic App Drawer in favour of a new type of Android Launcher which will put more emphasis on icons on the home screen, in a similar to style to that used in iOS and Huawei’s EMUI.

There is also rumours of a new Night Light Mode , which should be a little easier on the eyes when using the device in bed and which is also expected to feature in the updated Android software, alongside a permanent calendar widget and animated on-screen buttons.

Google is also believed to be working on live wallpapers that bring additional functionality to the device. 

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