Google's answer to iPhone X gets leaked ahead of launch


Posted at Oct 03 2017 08:52 AM

MANILA - Google's new Pixel smartphones, its answer to Apple's iPhone X and top-tier offerings from Samsung, were leaked on Tuesday, ahead of their official unveiling.

Images of the Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2 were released on Twitter by Venture Beat journalist Evan Blass, whose string of accurate leaks this year include Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Note 8 and LG's V30.

The LG-made Pixel XL 2 will feature a 6-inch screen that occupies almost the entire front of the device, the image showed. It follows the near bezel-less design made popular by the S8 and adopted by iPhone X, which will be released in November.

The smaller Pixel 2, built by HTC, will sport large top and bottom bezels on its 5-inch screen with lower resolution compared to the larger XL 2.

Both phones are expected to run Oreo, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

Google last month bought a unit of HTC that built its first generation of Pixel phones last year, strengthening its hardware division.

Blass also leaked a press render of the unannounced Mate 10 Pro from China's Huawei, the world's second largest smartphone vendor after Samsung.

The Mate 10 Pro will feature a dual-lens Leica camera set-up that has become a staple for high-end Huawei phones, according to Blass.

The screen will also occupy almost the entire front of the phablet. Blass said this year's Mate series will come in standard, lite and pro configurations.

Huawei is also touting its own processor with artificial intelligence built in, according to the leak.