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This might be Google’s next Pixel XL

We’re likely still a couple months away from an official unveiling of Google’s next Pixel phones, but Android Police just published what could be the first image of the larger-sized device. Android Police has a very strong, accurate track record with early Nexus and Pixel leaks, but the report still hedges that there’s a chance this might not be the finalized design of the Pixel XL 2017. If it is, it shows clear signs of Google making strides to catch up with Samsung and LG in the display department.

The phone’s front has far smaller bezels around the OLED screen than last year’s Pixel. It looks like a blend of the displays on the LG G6 and Galaxy S8, but unlike Samsung’s, this display appears flat with curved glass at the edges. LG is believed to be producing both the display and the whole phone, marking a changeover from the HTC-made Pixels of 2016.

But the overall aesthetic doesn’t stray too far from the original Pixel, which makes sense since it’s Google doing the designing here. The glass window is still on the back, though smaller this time. (The fingerprint sensor is now part of the aluminum body.) The other noticeable thing about the back is that big camera lens, which seems to have a significantly larger cutout than the current Pixels. There’s just one lens, which suggests Google might be skipping the dual-lens trend — even in a phone made by LG. My Pixel XL’s camera is the primary reason I’ve held onto it this long, so I’m just hoping Google doesn’t somehow make a misstep,

If Google follows last year’s timeline, you can expect to see its next generation of phones debut in early October — hopefully with better availability than the mess we saw last year. And better Bluetooth.

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