Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and a Third non-Pixel Mystery Phone?

Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and a third, larger device codenamed Taimen

We’ve known for some time now that Alphabet will be launching two new Pixel smartphones this year – the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL – but information has recently emerged about a third, much bigger device from Google that may not have the Pixel branding.

Codenamed Taimen (the Eurasian giant trout, and the largest member of the Salmonid family comprising Trout and Salmon), the new smartphone is as mysterious and exotic as its codename. Not much is known about the Taimen (the phone, not the fish) other than the fact that its expected to be larger than the Google Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL had the codenames ‘sailfish’ and ‘marlin’, and the two second-generation Pixel smartphones are being called ‘muskie’ and ‘walleye.’

Nothing more is known about the new device called Taimen, but now that the name has been leaked, we look forward to similar leaks coming our way.

The Google Pixel is, no doubt, one of the best performing smartphones of 2016. The camera is amazing, it’s guaranteed to always have the latest Android version, security updates keep dropping like clockwork, and there are several other advantages to having a Google-branded Android smartphone.

In fact, the demand for Google Pixel and Pixel XL was so strong that Google and its ODM partner, HTC, continue to struggle with the supply and demand equation. Until other premium phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and LG G6 are launched next month, it will continue to be the best phone currently available.

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2017 promises to be a year of path-breaking smartphones. Apart from the ones we mentioned, there’s iPhone Edition, iPhone 7s and Phone 7s Plus. There’s also a possible test version of Surface Phone coming from Microsoft, and Surface Phone itself, depending on which way the wind blows in Redmond, WA.

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