Google set to release new smartphone larger than Pixel XL

Earlier this week, rumors hit the internet that the successors to the Pixel and Pixel XL have the internal codenames of "Walleye" and "Muskie".

Today new information indicates that Google may be working on a third codename device "taimen". The leaked codenames of the upcoming smartphones, while unconfirmed by the tech giant, appear to be genuine, especially since Google's devices have so far followed aquatic creature-themed codenames in the past. Part of the Pixel 2 line, these are codenamed Muskie and Walleye.

Of course, whether this elusive taimen is meant to be more premium than walleye and muskie remains to be seen; what we know for now is that, at least per Droid Life, it is being conceived and developed as separate from the other two, rather than just a bigger copycat. Considering that Muskie is bigger fish than Walleye, there is a pretty good chance that the former refers to the Google Pixel 2 XL and the latter relates to the standard-sized Google Pixel 2.

Further on speculating about the new codename "Taimen", Google might be heading towards developing a much larger phone than the 5.5-inch display found on the Pixel XL.

For now not many details about the devices have leaked. Google could also release successors to the Pixel and Pixel XL with the same display, and a larger phone as well.

Hearing Google is working on a larger smartphone is tantalizing for fans of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P. Also, the possibility of this smartphone being bezel-less is high since it looks like the new Pixels will also have huge bezels like we saw with last year's Pixel smartphones.

  • Arturo Norris