Google Reportedly Lining up Snapdragon 835 for Pixel Successor Trio

April 27, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google is taking a break from its usual tally of smartphone launches this year. With the Pixel successor on cards, reports are now indicating that Google will have three Pixel smartphones launched this year instead of two. And the good news is that none of them will be a trimmed down version.

According to the AOSP code discovered by WinFuture, all of the three new devices will be featuring Qualcomm’s MSM8998 chip, more popularly known as Snapdragon 835. It’s the exact same chipset that got featured in Samsung Galaxy S8 devices, and needless to say that it’s also the most powerful chipset from Qualcomm till date.

Google has earlier confirmed that its Pixel 2 devices will arrive in fall alongside nodding the fact that they will be competing in the high-end sector. However, with reports suggesting three devices instead of two, it wasn’t clear whether Google will have one device tailored for the affordable segment in the market.

But with the inclusion of SD 835, it appears that Google is going big with all the devices from the list. Certainly, Google would have got alerted of the rumors that suggested the launch of three iPhones, although they appear to be wavering in terms of certainty.

As with the Pixel successors, the devices are currently codenamed Walleye, Muskie and Taimen, all that follows the names of marine life similar to the predecessor devices from Google. Walleye will be the successor to Pixel XL, while Muskie will be the successor to the regular Pixel device. Details about Taimen are scarce at the point, though there are some nomenclature cues that indicate that the device would be a bigger one, probably a tablet. 

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