Is this upcoming Google Pixel XL? Render suggests bezel-less design

Upcoming Google Pixel XL 2017 could feature nearly-bezel less design and squeezable frame much like HTC U11

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Highlights

    • Google Pixel XL 2017 is said to sport bezel-less display
    • The device could also feature squeezable frame
    • The phone is rumoured to have always-on screen

Rumours and speculations with regards to upcoming Google Pixel XL 2017 edition are making rounds for quite some time now. A new report suggests some fresh developments around the very topic. In what could be a fairly reliable tip received by folks at Android Police, Google is warming up to introduce new Pixel XL codenamed “taimen” later this year. The report consists of a render, revealing some crucial design elements as to how the actual phone could look like. According to the report, upcoming Google Pixel smartphones could boast of similar design as their predecessors to some extent, except one thing: HTC may not manufacture them this time around.

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Photo courtesy: Android Police

LG is likely to manufacture Pixel XL 2017. Meanwhile, there is no word as to how many new Pixel handsets are to set to release this year. There were reports earlier indicating codenames “Walleye” and “Muskie.” Although a report appeared later suggesting Google may have dropped “Muskie” in favour a new codename “taimen,” thanks to Geekbench listing. Google may possibly be having some other plans in mind. Unlike the previous year, Google may have a plan to release a new entry-level variant as well, but none these reports are confirmed officially, though.

The upcoming Google Pixel XL is said to flaunt a 6-inch nearly bezel-less AMOLED display featuring 18:9 aspect ratio, much like LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. Google could make room for some extra real estate by reducing the size of bezels at the top as well as the bottom. The phone appears to flaunt sharp edges as opposed to last year’s Pixel XL. Interestingly, the device rumoured to have a squeezable frame similar to what we have seen on HTC U11. If that is true, users can trigger Google Assistant and some other functions by simply squeezing the frame. The render also suggests invisible antenna bands on the rear, possibly in order to match the colour of the device.

There was another report last week that Google Pixel smartphones could get Always on display via update. Google may be trying hard to keep up with all the trends that are currently available in the market, and bezel-less design and the always-on screen could just be a beginning.