Since the initial batch of leaks concerning Google’s next generation Pixel, we have consistently heard that there will be three devices; Walleye, Muskie and Taimen. This was taken as Google introducing a new Pixel phablet into its product stack. Now a report from Android Police claims that Google has officially decided to ditch the Muskie concept in favour of Taimen.
Citing multiple reliable sources the report states that the original Pixel XL 2 codenamed Muskie has been cancelled in favour of the other large display which was codenamed Taimen. Originally speculated to be a phablet class device with a 6.0-inch plus display, it seems that the entire mandate for the device has been changed. The original Pixel successor which was codenamed Walleye though will remain and most likely retain the ~5.0-inch display. The Taimen though seems to be unconfirmed although it is likely the device will have a larger display than the 5.5-inch sported by the Pixel XL.
This is not the first time Google will be venturing into the land of large display sizes as the company has previously launched the Nexus 6P and Nexus 6 with 5.7-inch and 6.0-inch displays, respectively. Thanks to a shift to more minimalist bezel designs though and the new 18:9 ratio displays that have been introduced into the market we might see the upcoming Taimen feature these technologies to provide more screen-estate in a 5.7-inch package.
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