Google might have a third, larger smartphone in the works codenamed “Taimen”

Google might be working on releasing not two, but three phones this year

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Highlights

    • Internal device codenames suggest three devices under development
    • Taimen to be the largest of three

It’s the time of the year when we’re starting to get glimpse of what we can expect in the latter half of 2017. We know that just like everyone else, Google too is working on the successor to the Pixel and Pixel XL. So far, what we did know was the internal code names “muskie” and “walleye” the two successors to the current lineup of devices. A new report by DroidLife sugests that there might be a third device in the works, codenamed “Taimen.”

The device codenamed “walleye” is for the 5-inch device while the “muskie” codename has ben designated to the 5.5-inch device. “Taimen” will be the biggest of the three, given Google’s nomenclature patterns. Over the last few years, the Mountain View company has stuck to using names of aquatic life for their upcoming products. The Nexus 6p was codenamed “Angler” capable of growing up to 3.3 feet in length and 30+ kilos in weight. Obviously, it’s a large fish, a fitting representation for the 5.7 inch Nexus 6p. Taimen, also known as the Siberian Salmon, can be anywhere between 5-6 feet in length and weigh about 42 kilos. It is therefore safe to assume that the device codenamed “taimen” will be big.

Besides the codenames and the existence of a third device, very little is known about what Google plans on using to power the device. It would be safe to assume that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 would be at its core, but there’s no telling if the company would given into the trend of 6GB (or more) of RAM. In our review of the Google Pixel XL which runs on the Snapdragon 821 paired with 4GB of RAM and found it to be more than enough computing power to take care of all our needs. One can rest easy knowing that whatever specs Google decided to put into “walleye”, “muskei” “ Taimen” will be flagship devices capable of giving even the best a run for their money.