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Details of the Pixel 2 "Taimen" and "Walleye" surface

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The medium-sized Muskie was canceled, and we've been left with just the Taimen and Walleye. While both occupy the extremes on the size table, they do share a few similarities in specifications. This year's Pixel devices are shaping up to be entertaining.

The Pixel and Pixel XL from last year were hugely successful releases—amongst their intended audiences, at least—as Google finally took the step forward with a brand line that was meant to compete with flagships from the competition. This year, we'll be getting the second batch in that series, and some juicy details on both devices have surfaced.

A few weeks ago, we reported the rumored cancellation of a Pixel 2 device styled "Muskie". Muskie was to be the second device of three releases in this year's set of Pixel devices sorted by size. That cancellation means we've been left with only two devices; "Walleye" and "Taimen". Taimen is to be the bigger one, and Walleye the pint-sized variant.

Taimen will feature a 5.99" OLED WQHD display, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, and a Snapdragon 835. Build-wise, it's expected to sport smaller bezels than those on the Pixel XL, and will feature a two-tone glass and metal finish. No dual rear cameras on this.

Walleye will sport a 4.97" FHD display, which should satisfy those on the prowl for more compact devices. It will also be powered by a Snapdragon 835, and will carry 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. It will, rather sadly, forego a headphone jack for some stereo speakers. It's expected to retain a build similar to that on the original Pixel.

Details on other specifications like storage type, camera technology, and IP ratings are unknown but we'll be sure to keep you updated.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-06-25 (Update: 2017-06-25)