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Google Pixel XL 2 image leak shows off gorgeous design, squeezable features

by Brandon Russell | July 11, 2017July 11, 2017 1:45 pm PST

The image you see below is reportedly an accurate representation of what the Google Pixel 2 will look like. According to a report from Android Police, the second generation Pixel XL, codenamed taimen, will be made by LG and take inspiration from the HTC U11.

As we’ve heard before, the device will feature an edge-to-edge display and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. The overall design looks like a more refined Google Pixel, complete with a back glass panel and a new camera lens that looks absolutely huge.

The most obvious change is the lack of display bezels, which many people criticized when the original Pixel was released.

The Pixel XL 2 is expected to feature a 6-inch display with an aspect ration of 2:1—the rounded corners are expected to be carried over from the LG G6. Although the design looks similar to last year’s release, it’s a pretty dramatic change and one that was very necessary.

In addition to the bezel-less display, Android Police reports the device will have a squeezable frame similar to the HTC U11

“The same technology utilized in [the HTC U11] will allow Pixel owners to squeeze their handset to interact with the Google Assistant in various ways (primarily),” Android Police said.

It’s an interesting inclusion considering most reviews of the HTC U11 weren’t too fond of the device’s Edge Sense features. However, the device has reportedly become a fan-favorite, which may be what drew Google’s attention.

As for the smaller Pixel 2, Android Police claims the device’s design will be relatively unchanged compared to the original model. Google apparently wants to introduce a premium model, which will be the taimen, alongside a more accessible device without all the bells and whistles.

Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 later this summer or early fall.


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...