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Google set to release new smartphone larger than Pixel XL

by Brandon Russell | March 15, 2017March 15, 2017 2:45 pm PDT

In addition to a new Pixel and Pixel XL, Google is reportedly set to introduce a third option, which Droid-Life claims is codenamed “taimen.” (Taimen, for what it’s worth, is a species of fish in the salmon family.)

According to the report, taimen is allegedly separate from the Pixel and Pixel XL sequels, supposedly being developed “on its own.” What that means is unclear. Perhaps Google will find a manufacturer for the Pixel and Pixel XL follow-ups and seek out another for taimen.

While no details are known at this point, Droid-Life is in the belief the codename hints at the device being larger compared to the devices we saw from Google last year. When the Nexus line still existed, the Nexus 6’s codename, shamu, was a hint at the device’s large size.

Earlier this year, a report claimed Google was working on three Pixel devices, including a more affordable model. It’s unclear if taiman is related to that previous rumor.

Eliminate the bezels

Hearing Google is working on a larger smartphone is tantalizing for fans of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P. However, if the device looks anything like last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL, hopefully Google can work on eliminating the bezels, much like LG and Samsung are doing with its devices.

We’re still several months away from seeing what Google has planned, but it’s clear the company is working on exciting updates.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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