Google Nexus 6 was released in 2014 as the largest ever smartphone in the Nexus line-up – and this is still true considering that the Nexus 6P – or even the Pixel XL – is still smaller compared to the 5.96-inch phablet.
The Google Nexus 6 was succeeded by the Nexus 6P, another phablet that carried a screen size of 5.7 inches and last year, the Pixel XL shaved off some more display real estate by debuting a slightly smaller 5.5-inch panel. Now, according to the latest reports, Google is working on two devices dubbed Walleye and Taimen and from the fish codenames, we know the former will be smaller in size compared to the latter.
Previous reports had suggested that the company will release three Pixel phones, but the third model dubbed Muskie was reportedly dropped. As for the other two, guys at XDA Developers have reportedly stumbled upon the expected specs of the phones and apparently, the Google Nexus 6 is finally getting a real successor in the shape of Taimen.
From the sources, the Taimen will ship with a massive 5.99-inch AMOLED display screen made by LG. The bezels will be significantly reduced when compared to the original Pixel and Pixel XL, but the resolution will take after the latter, sticking to a 2560 x 1440 pixels configuration. Under the hood, the Taimen will come in with a Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, but another storage option might be available as well.
There’s no dual camera on the back and the two-tone design used on the Pixel and Pixel XL will also be visible, but the glass section on the back will not enclose the fingerprint scanner as with the case of the 2016 models. As you can see from the specs, this Taimen device will be a beast and for the size, it will perfectly fit the profile of Google Nexus 6 users who are looking for a phablet with all the qualities of a Google phone.
There are also some details on the smaller Pixel successor dubbed Walleye. Apparently, the handset will come with a 4.97-inch display screen with the same resolution as its predecessor. The design will almost be identical to the 2016 Pixel, including the large bezels, but you’ll get stereo speakers instead of a 3.5mm audio jack.
Like the Google Nexus 6 successor, this compact model will use the same Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. Of course, Android O will power the pair out of the box.