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

36. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

1. Sort the right ODM (Sony would be nice) and then get the supply + inventory + availability on point. And ffs for international markets, get that s**t together. Even 3rd rate Chinese OEMs can get these done fcol. 2. BIG battery for that even bigger demanded RRPs for all 3 SKUs. And how hard is it to throw in a nice basic transparent or frosted see thru clear case in the package. 3. Buy ImgTec for the PowerVR GPU IP and then start to work on an own SoC..... maybe by then would people accept the so called "premium" tag....oh and that's still about 5 years late to catch up to Apple and Samsung's SoC game. Fail to do the 1st 2 above mentioned, then not even a really would be badass Snapdragon 835 bit could ever float the fluff.

35. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Just reduce those bezels and better availability hopefully those 3 pixel phones mean three diff sizes - 4.7 - 5.2 - 5.7 would be ideal.

34. CAFiveOh

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Headline News: 3 New Pixel Phones Released in 2017...Expected To Actually Be In Stock In Play Store Sometime Late 2018

33. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

It should look exactly like the GS8, but I don't think Samsung would sign in as the Pixel manufacturer ever again so I hope it's just an LG G6 with an OLED display instead of LCD and pixel Software. As much as I am loving my GS8 so far, the G6 with Pixel software would just edge it out. It would be tough giving up the GS8 ergonomics and feel though. It's by far the nicest phone I have every saw and held. It's freaking sexy.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

omnitech got to agree the S8 is very sexy and nice design. Dont like the feel in hand feel plastic and empty ( light ) but thats a question of taste ( i love heavy phone feel premium )

28. michaelny2001

Posts: 355; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

until i see the prices i don't care for them anymore. After Nexus, all google phones are ignored.they price them ridiculously and then they wonder how come sales are low. hm...

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sales are low? lol i sold tons of pixel more than Samsung phone since its out. try again michael.

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 2029; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It will come in 3 sizes; Too big, way too big, and huuuuuuuge.

22. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I hope it is a daydream vr and ar tablet which would be great or a phone. If not there's always the asus zenfone ar :)

21. troutsy

Posts: 384; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Seems like Walleye should be the Pixel, and Muskie should be the Pixel XL based on the PA article about size of the relative fish. I missed the article that confirmed the Pixel XL though.

14. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I will not be buying Pixel if it's made by HTC. My Pixel XL quit charging after 3 months. SMH

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That really has nothing to do with HTC. All companies have issues from time to time. I've seen charging ports go out on phones from various manufacturers in less than a year's time. Hell, I've seen displays go out after one week. In terms of smartphones, I've owned 11 devices. I've had 4 HTC, 1 Samsung, 4 Motorola, and 2 Google. I've only had to send one back and that was due to an update norming the phone. The 4 HTC phone I owned were the first ones I had. The only issues they had was battery life (though no one was good back then) and software by the 4th device (Sense started to get bloated). But what they did have was consistently good build quality. The worst of the bunch I owned was the Samsung, a Galaxy S3. By the one year mark, battery life was half of what started out, the performance dropped off after a few months, it had burn in from the status bar, the GPS never worked accurately or reliably, and by the end mobile data stopped working. It's why I haven't owned another Samsung device. OTOH my Pixel has been one of the best smartphone experiences I've ever had, and that's after around 5 1/2 months. It still hasn't shown any real signs of performance degradation, the battery life is still better than anything I've ever owned, the camera is fast and reliable, and the signal is only beat by the Motorolas I've owned. And your device is still under warranty.

37. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I know it's under warranty but I still have to pay (Hold) the full price and possibly get a Refurb unit. I don't think phones (devices) are unbreakable but going bust with 3 months is bit disappointing to say the least. I have always been a fan of Nexus (Google) devices.

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

love how ppl after using one phone think all phone made by an OEM is bad. When i talk about bad Samsung phone its because i used several one from S3 to S5 then S7 and they all had issues big ones. For HTC the only time i had one issue is with the M9 the camera was horrible! otherwise an amazing phone.

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1488; 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.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I doubt the embedded fingerprint scanner is going to happen. Apple's having issues with it, and Samsung dropped it for the same reasons. It's kind of ridiculous actually, Qualcomm was saying it would be ready on its end for that late 2015. Don't know why they didn't poor more resources into getting it working on the hardware end. As for battery life, I have no trouble getting a full day or more out of the regular Pixel. Right now​ I'm at 13 hours off the charger, with 3 1/2 hours SOT and 41% remaining. Although I wouldn't turn down better battery life on top of that. Also, I doubt they'll drop the price, especially if they added all the stuff you're talking about.

9. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

No iPhone bezels please

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; 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"

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.

3. yonith

Posts: 231; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

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: 7676; 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: 7525; 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: 7676; 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: 7525; 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.

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