Three Pixel phones could be launched in 2017, all packing Snapdragon 835 CPUs


It's common knowledge that Google launches new Android smartphones each year, but the number of devices varies from time to time. In the last couple of years, Google launched a duo of smartphones, but that might change in 2017.

Although the most recent report on the upcoming Pixel phones claimed Google wouldn't release more than two devices this year, it looks like three new handsets are expected to arrive in 2017.

The Android Open Source Project reveals new information about Google's new Pixel phones. The details have been uncovered in the code and confirm Google is working on three phones that are codenamed Walleye, Muskie, and Taimen.

We already know that Walleye is the sequel to the Pixel XL, whereas Muskie should the be follow-up of the regular Pixel phone. Unfortunately, the Taimen is still a mystery, though speculations suggest this could be a new tablet or another phablet with a display larger than the Pixel XL.

Another piece of information revealed by the AOSP is the fact that all three smartphones will be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipsets, the same that are now packed inside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.


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45 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Dual front firing speakers please and better availability.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and no HTC please

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7034; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The new third Pixel smartphone should be an AR/VR version with both Daydream VR and Tango (AR) as well. I will bet money on it.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"I will bet money on it." Don't ever go to a casino fam. You're what we like to call "Easy money".

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7034; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you were following any Google and Android news, then you would have seen a recent article, where Google is working on another Tango device. So most likely it's going to be a Daydream/Tango device. As far as mxyzptlk above is concerned about front firing speakers. That is not going to happen on a smartphone that is going in a VR/AR headset. Because if you used any of the current VR headsets, then front firing speakers get blocked or muffled in a VR headset, and that includes the Pixels Daydream VR headset. Ask yourself this, why Samsung's latest S8 doesn't have front firing speakers? It's because of the Gear VR headset. I don't know why I am talking to you, because both you and mxyzptlk are here to troll. Because anyone that is on this site on a regular basis know that you are here to troll.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"If you were following any Google and Android news, then you would have seen a recent article, where Google is working on another Tango device. So most likely it's going to be a Daydream/Tango device." That's one hell of a reach you got there. That's like me saying "Oh, Apple has been looking into satellite navigation... must be building a car." "As far as mxyzptlk above is concerned about front firing speakers. That is not going to happen on a smartphone that is going in a VR/AR headset." The Axon 7 would like a word... "Ask yourself this, why Samsung's latest S8 doesn't have front firing speakers?" Because Samsung doesn't give a s**t about speakers. Any further questions? "It's because of the Gear VR headset." I'm pretty sure they didn't put FFS on the S8/+ because the bezels are too small. Whatever, you're entitled to your opinion... even if it's wrong. "I don't know why I am talking to you, because both you and mxyzptlk are here to troll. Because anyone that is on this site on a regular basis know that you are here to troll." Because you're a masochist. Also, learn what trolls are. People pointing out your flawed viewpoint aren't trolls... they're realists.

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't put much stock in sdgodsell comments. His reasoning is completely asinine.

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

While I disagree with both Myx and kiko quite a bit, I don't see them trolling here. Myx is using a 6p which has front facing speakers and having moved to the Pixel, I can say it is definitely missed by me. Much of the time I find myself covering the speaker slot while holding it in landscape mode, which doesn't happen when they're on the front. Kiko is simply pointing out that regarding the smartphone industry, until it's announced, it's not a sure thing. And that sometimes applies even after it's announced. How sure was everyone what the original Moto X was going to be, or the Pixel for that matter. Both of them were different from what people were sure they were going to be. As for the third being a VR device, it's entirely possible. But with a properly designed VR headset, front facing speakers could work as well. If it was designed with an opening over each front speaker area on the phones that would then route the audio back towards the ears, it would actually amplify the sound and give a much better audio experience that having them simply fire off to one side or the other. You could in fact have actual stereo sound. Granted it wouldn't be possible on the Daydream VR headset we currently have, but then companies have been known to change products for no reason at all. Doing so here would give users a better VR experience and at the same time allow phones to use a dual front facing speaker design, a win on both counts.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Even VZW sees the benefits of ffs. And he sees through sdgodsell bs.

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Not really, I was just pointing out you guys seem to think that anyone who disagrees with you has no valid points, and that seems to be the majority of users and not isolated to any side. Instead of dismissing someone's opposing viewpoints without consideration, we should actually start trying to see things from their perspective. I try and learn something from any argument I get into. Just because I may not agree with them doesn't mean they don't have some valid points. Of course I'm sure what I said will be dismissed as trying to be the hall monitor or whatever. It's a big part of the reason I don't come here as often. Trying to have a valid discussion on PA without the BS fanboyism is about as difficult as hearding cats.

19. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

I wanted that Lenovo Tango phone, but poor performance and bugs dissuaded me. I just hope if Google does it, they keep the size

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I know sgodsell is a troll too.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup, so is NoToFanboys.

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I would rather they have front firing speakers because with AR/VR headsets, the phone should not be the primary source of audio. It should either be headphones or something attached to the headset for better immersion. Other than that, 3 different sizes with 18:9 form factor would be amazing. One at 5 inches, another at 5.7 and the biggest one at 6.4 or whatever.

18. danny_a2005

Posts: 354; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

no pixel for you, I hope HTC make them

30. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I highly doubt they would have HTC help them become the game changing Android phone they are right now and just drop them. Google also publicly stated they intended to just keep the Pixel and Pixel XL and remain premium and not have a Pixel Eco Pixel C Pixel SE or whatever they would brand it as but I think they realized if they want to branch out to a bigger market A.K.A the world that will be the route they will go.

38. Sealblaighter

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why not HTC?? They are among ther best at hardware.

39. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

No they are not.

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Omnitech yes they are. All HTC device i had where rock solid and had about the lowest fault ever.

40. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I take HTC as the manufacturer over about any others. HTC have very good manufacturing ability and dont turn round corner like lets say pegatron by example. you hater always need to hate.

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Them rare moments when I agree with you 100% +1 to you.

11. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

These are what features I hope about!

3. yonith

Posts: 225; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Shrink those god-for-saken top and bottom bezels!

4. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Hope they would make an even smaller one than 5" given how much people clamor for smaller phones, but knowing android OEMs they'd rather push phablets, and push people right to an Apple Store

27. fanboysaresad

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Who is clamoring for smaller phones? The size of phones now is a response to demand. Sure, there are prly a few out there who would prefer to stay with a smaller phone, but the meat of the market has said bigger is better.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Only because to get a good phone with android you stuck with bigger phone. Iphone SE proven ppl want powerfull small phone. Its surely not the biggest market but its a big one thats worth considering..

29. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

As someone that sells phones and phone service for a living, people that want small phones are in the small minority. I actually have just ended up assuming that people want their phone to be large as possible now.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I hope they make a 5.7" screen this time or bigger to an extent - can't go back to >5.7"

9. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

No iPhone bezels please

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1301; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Less bezels, stereo speakers, beautiful design not the hideous one they currently have, embedded fingerprint scanner in screen, decent battery and decrease the price a bit. Make it an iPhone killer, not an iPhone wannabe.

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