Google Pixel and Pixel XL (Sailfish/Marlin) to flaunt the same Sony-made front and back cameras

Upcoming HTC-made “ex-Nexus” phones Pixel and Pixel XL, previously known by their codenames —Sailfish and Marlin respectively — will reportedly flaunt the same Sony-branded front and back shooters.

As we recently reported, the Google Pixel XL was tipped to sport a Sony IMX378 sensor in its rear-facing camera — a slight upgrade over last year’s 12 MP IMX377 sensors found on the backs of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X — and an 8 MP Sony IMX179 sensor in its selfie shooter — the same one that powered the main camera of the Nexus 5 in 2013. Now, notorious HTC leak-meister LlabTooFeR claims that the same Sony-made CMOS sensors will supposedly make an appearance on the Pixel XL, will also be featured in its smaller sibling, the Google Pixel.

According to LlabTooFeR, the IMX378 will be a 12 MP sensor, just like last year’s IMX377, but a slight upgrade is to be expected, though, we are still not sure what it might entail. Тhe rumor mill is keeping mum on the matter, but here's hoping!

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to be unveiled at this year’s Google conference in San Francisco, on October 4. For the full rumor scoop on the upcoming HTC-made phones, check out our hefty rumor round-up:

source: LlabTooFeR (1), (2) via Reddit



1. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Pixel and Pixel XL ugly design, Big frames, N 5X and N 6P is better.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Pixel XL design haven't leaked yet and you said ugly? Wow.

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Holy shiz. Fr where is Tyrionnthewise? Did he bailout?

2. Tom5521

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 04, 2016

Is it only me or all the lagdroid manufacturers just want the iPhone 7 to sell more? Samsung with their explsive device and now the nexus with this ugly design.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, Apple can use all the help it can get, it's got a shrinking market share... and zero hype built up with their iPhone 7. Their share will be in the single digits before too long. Heck, the world's third-largest market is 97% Android. It's like when a real athlete willingly lets the handicapped kid score a goal so they can feel better about themselves. There's near no hype for this iPhone release, everyone's saying that aside from a bump in performance, there's no reason to buy the iPhone 7. The last conference Apple held where they showed off all the system updates... half of the new features where with iMessanger. Even the co-founder of Apple is in love with a Nexus phone. And you seem to forget that Apple's iPhone history is riddled with numerous defects and issues, batteries being amongst them as well as their current repulsive design, the iPhone 5 was much nicer...

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

WHAO whao buddy, there IS hype for the new iPhone. Its coming in black.....BLACK....Clearly you haven't been paying attention to the rumors. The revolution will be televised this time....just like last time....and the time before....

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, what a fool am I! Forgive me, good sir, for I was blind. But now you have shown me the light, and I have seen the error in my ways!!! BLACK!, the new iPhone will be in BLACK! I must shout it from the mountaintops for all the world to hear!

17. AlikMalix unregistered

You guys are Funny, but you guys are making way to much of a big deal about a rumored color (emphasis on RUMOR).

5. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Other than the big ass bezels on the front I like the design.

13. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Is It only me that notice way too many new accounts just to troll on Samsung artcles? (after the explosion incident to be exact ) And is it only me that feels all these are the same person behind the keyboard? (if so, these people seriously need to get a life and some frndz and may be a chick Lol)

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Talk about living under a rock. Someone please hand this troll an Android phone, so he can see why it's the world's best OS. He said lagdroid!!! hahahahahahaha What is this 2009? We are closer to 2017 & this guy is still with the "lag"... SMH Ohh and Samsung is a quality company. They will fix the exploding battery issue. They own up to their problems unlike Apple...

3. Fona13A unregistered

Jesus, I remember when Nexus devices were elegant, I found the 5X and 6P flavored outside the aesthetic distinctiveness that their predecessors had. The original Nexus 5 and Galaxy Nexus blow that design out of the water.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The Nexus 5 was very nice, the Galaxy Nexus on the other hand.... Yeah, that design grew old, fast. But really though, I don't get everyone's issue with the design of a phone. 90% of the time people have their phones in cases where you simply do not see the back. Do you hold off on buying a television because of the way the back looks? No, because no one ever sees the back.

10. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

I want Marlin so bad. Just hope the overall size of the phone isn't too large...

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I think it's reported to be a 5.5" display so it should be at least a little smaller than last year's Nexus 6P. I personally think that 5.2" to 5.5" is the sweet spot for smartphones, assuming their bezels aren't ginormous.

12. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Yeah I would be even happier if it turned out to be 5.2! That's one of the few things I love about my Moto X 2014, 5.2 with extremely small bezels! But it's basically confirmed to be 5.5, so I'm hoping the bezels are minimal!

15. Phonefan99

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

Some has one major thing going for it over Android. Sound processing on iPhones is Superior. I love my Nexus 6P. But the Overall sound quality is lacking in voice calls and music quality sound. Sent my old 32 GB back to Amazon , they have me a full refund bought the 64 GB MODEL saved a few bucks. Still had the muffled sound issue. I'll probably return this one and get the new Nexus if it isn't too ugly.

16. Phonefan99

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

Apple I mean lol

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