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27 June 2017, 03:30 | Shelley Chandler
KVN IBTimes India
We're confident in the validity of the details presented below, given the source's track record and since these are seeming -finalized hardware specifications and features, it's unlikely that they'll subject to change.
To start with the larger Taimen, the smartphone will come loaded with a 5.99-inch Quad HD display, which will feature an OLED panel provided by LG, as per a report by XDA Developers. The handset will include stereo speakers, though it will lack a 3.5mm audio jack.
The South Korean tech giant's participation is further cemented by reports coming from Asia, claiming that Google is planning to invest $800 million in LG Display, thus securing the supply of OLED panels for the second generation of the series.
Beyond just offering a larger display, it will also sport thinner bezels than what can be now found on the Pixel XL. Both the smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset clocked at 2.45GHz and pack 4GB RAM. The phone would feature the same processor and RAM like the Taimen however it has a 64GB of Internal Storage memory. For morePixel news, stay tuned to the XDA Portal! This feature will be missing from the smaller Google Pixel 2. However, recently a report said that the company has made a decision to scrap the Muskie in favor of a larger handset. Right now this model is said to come with 128GB of storage, but there may be additional options as well.
This unfortunately means the same larger bezels surrounding the marginally smaller 4.97-inch 1920 x 1080 display.
Now that we have the timeline set, let's get into the new information.
Earlier this year, Google offered LG Display an investment of almost a billion dollars in exchange for a guaranteed supply of OLED panels for its future Google Pixel smartphones.
Google is very much a participant in the smartphone wars even if it does not go blazing into battle with the biggest, baddest artillery. As said above, there will be more storage variants as well. However, the glass window is located near the top this time around, and it no longer encloses a fingerprint scanner. So while there used to be three fish based codenamed - Taimen, Muskie, and Walleye - to denote three devices in the making, it seems there will be the Taimen and Walleye that would eventually get to see the light of day.
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