Google reportedly cancels Pixel XL 2 muskie in favor of larger phone

Google reportedly cancels Pixel XL 2 muskie in favor of larger phone
For quite a while, we've been hearing that Google is in the process of testing three different models for this year's Pixel phone lineup. Word was that there were direct sequels for the Pixel and Pixel XL as well as a third device with an even larger display than the original Pixel XL. Now, a report is claiming that Google has officially cut one of the models and will only move forward with two new Pixel phones.

According to Android Police, the Pixel XL 2 (code-named "Muskie") has been cancelled and instead of Muskie, the 2017 Pixel XL will be based on the device code-named "Taimen". This means Google will still be releasing two new Pixel phones, the smaller of which (code-named "walleye") will be the direct sequel to the Google Pixel and have the same 5-inch display, and the larger Taimen will be the Pixel XL 2. It's currently unclear how big Taimen will be but it has been reported as being larger than the 5.5-inch Pixel XL. 

Google isn't a newcomer in terms of big phones, of course. The Nexus 6P had a 5.7-inch display and the Nexus 6 had a 6-inch display. We're not convinced Google would go all the way to 6-inches again, but something in the 5.7 or 5.8-inch range seems reasonable for the next-gen Pixel XL, especially with the trend of shrinking bezels. 

What do you all think? What size should Taimen be?

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  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh



1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

If they didn't change the design team of the Pixel 2 from the pixel and pixel XL , then god only save them.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I just hope google uses these new fancy aspect ratios with a more trendy design. Honestly, google should just hire panos panay and his msft surface team to design their phones tbh. Those guys make the most ground-breaking, and the most revolutionary devices on earth.

5. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

I'm pretty sure Panos Panay and team are working on something amazing for the "surface phone" . Why would he work for google for a single pixel project when Microsoft has such awesome hardware products coming up.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, true. But God, those guys could even design liquid. Their designs are straight out of the imagination ffs.

20. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Where are those awesome hardware products that do not have apps in their OS Store? Why would Microsoft release a phone where they started to drop support for their own applications on Windows OS (i.e. Skype) !!!!!!!!!!! I dont understand what are you talking about seriously!

24. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Any phone from Microsoft is gonna FLOP

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If they make the new Pixel's bezel less, then it is following the trend of bezel less smartphones like the LG G6, Galaxy S7. If it has great battery life and a great display for Daydream, then I am still on board.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Why? People loved the phones, the main issue Google had wasn't that they couldn't sell them fast enough, it was that they couldn't manufacture them fast enough. I do hope that they open the phone up to be sold by all wireless providers this time around. Not that it would impact me, being a Google Fi customer, but it would just be nice to see them compete full scale with the likes of Samsung's Galaxy line.

3. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Hmm interesting to see how this works. so Google was originally planning a iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and a 6+ footprint? But now cancelled the 6 size? Weird because that would be the best selling size probably. I guess they don't want to compete directly with the G6 and S8. A bezeless phone with a 5inch display would be iPhone SE tiny. Think way smaller than the Nexus 5. They would be cutting the most ideal size imo. However, they have the market statistics so I guess it makes no sense to compete in the S8 size category.

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

They were better off with the Nexus strategy.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No weren't

7. JasontheVeteran

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

Good. 5.5" is too small of a phone these days. 5.7" to 6" is ideal. And NO that's not a "phablet!"

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Depends on your definition of a Phablet. Don't force it upon us

21. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Depends on his hand's size :D

16. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

Size is all personal preference. Depends on how good your eyesight is and how fat your fingers are.

27. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

5.7-6.0 is a phablet.

8. BGChicago

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Gee guys, stop asking for bigger screens. There dozens of them in the market.

9. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Good! 5.5" was to small for and XL version. It should be 6"

11. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I think Google actuallt canceled a large-bezel, boring Pixel XL and will instead make a modern, small-bezel Pixel XL with a larger screen but same overall size. Really, you can't sell a large bezel flagship in 2017-2018, as Sony, HTC, Huawei and others will soon find out.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sony's XZ Premium​ is the only 4k smartphone being sold right now and it's display is 5.5". So it's not small at any stretch of that word.

13. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Well, that saves me at least 100 bucks. I'll be getting the smaller version of the Pixel.

15. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

If minimal bezels then I'm hoping for 6.4inch screen.

23. NoAllegiance unregistered

iPhone 9 is said to be 6.4 inch. Anything under 6 inches will be irrelevant come 2019. Just look what happened to devices under 5.5 inch this year. I wonder what is going to happen to Huawei's mate line then because it won't be special anymore. Will the new mate be 6.9 inches?

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm looking forward to the Pixel 2, No XL for me, I want a compact powerhouse, and the fact that the Pixel outperformed the Pixel XL in both CPU and battery was awesome.

22. DavidDau

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Something happened to the comments' displaying order. Something weird happened! Actually, I really really hate this kind of displaying comments.

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

@DavidDau, comment #22, yeah, it's pissing me off something royal. I'm curious if it's the result of them trying to block the comments for people with ad blockers... they did something similar in the past where people didn't have an input field with a specific plugin. I'll play around with the site to see if I can see any difference between various browser/browser settings.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

reply to #22 it's been like that for months.. they won't bother to fix it until iPhone launch

28. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

They got bigger problems that they should totally prioritize and diff sized SKUs ain't one. Like how to keep expecting to charge people a thousand bucks and NOT able to supply nor sell internationally via official chans. Solve that 1st before the lot of us indulge in a nerd bukkake of specs talk.

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