Google Pixel XL 2 ‘Muskie’ Has Been Replaced With Larger ‘Taimen’ Phone: Reports

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Google Pixel, which was introduced in October last year, has been the apex Android smartphone for a long while now. Google is now working on the second generation Pixel smartphones. Reports stated that these phones would be code-named ‘Walleye’ and ‘Muskie’. A third phone, ‘Taimen’ was also spotted. It is now being reported that the Google Pixel XL 2 ‘Muskie’ is being replaced with the larger ‘Taimen’ device.

While the phone would still technically be named Google Pixel XL 2, it won’t be the one that was originally planned. For a while there were speculations that Google might even release three Pixel phones this year. However, it now looks like there will be two phones, with the ‘Walleye’ being a regular 5 inched version that we saw last year, and the ‘Taimen’ being the Google Pixel XL 2, which would offer a larger screen size than what the current Pixel XL has.

While reports about the Google Pixel XL 2 being spotted on GFXbench listings had emerged, it now looks like Google has dropped the plan. The news comes via Android Police, and they have given it a confidence score of 9 out of 10, which means that there is a very high possibility of this happening.

While there is no reason that has been stated as to why Google plans to do this, it looks like Google has picked up on the trend. The Google Pixel XL 2 ‘Taimen’ would be a larger smartphone, possibly over 5.8 inches, it might even go above 6 inches. The larger phone comes out after people’s response to other large devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and LG G6 being rather positive.

With bezels getting thinner, it is now becoming easier for smartphone makers to fit in more display in the same sized phones. For now only one thing is certain – there won’t be three Pixel phones coming out.

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