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UK retailer leaks Google's Pixel phones in detail

Engadget Engadget 3/10/2016 Mat Smith
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Here are Google's Pixel phones. Again! In some unfortunate error somewhere along the way, UK phone seller Carphone Warehouse has full listings for two phones, cementing what we've already heard or seen, as well as demonstrating how Google hopes to pitch the two devices to smartphone shoppers.

The company that made Android is showcasing its latest software chops in these promo images, and the notable parts added to the mobile OS in recent years. This includes its new Assistant AI Allo, Google Photos (free unlimited storage at full-size!), its FacetimeDuo videochat app, and other bells and whistles, like customizable phone covers and rapid charging through its USB-C port.

There's a whole pile of specs attached to the listing, however as Android Policealso notes, the mention of microSD storage is a wee bit suspicious. The rest of the details (five-inch screen on the Pixel, a 5.5-inch one on the Pixel XL) all chime with what we've heard already. Unfortunately they don't appear to be all that remarkable looks-wise. I miss the sparkly Nexus 4.

What about that matte backing? See how it doesn't reflect the companion phone in the image above? What's that about? Could that be a secondary touchscreen? It would tally with the tagline: "the power of Google at your fingertips". It might also make a huge amount of sense for steering bigger phones. Or perhaps I'm looking for something thrilling when the rest of the device seems so by-the-book. Surely, surely, Google has a few more tricks to pull out of its hat ahead of its big showcase. It's got 24 hours to reveal something.

Carphone Warehouse, Android Police

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