We saw the Google Pixel XL 2, codenamed “Muskie,” passed by GFXBench a few days ago bearing a 5.6-inch screen that is slightly wider than the first-generation Pixel XL, but a new rumor says that the Pixel XL 2 (Muskie) has been scrapped by the search engine giant and Android owner.
Why, you ask? Because Google is now reported to be proceeding forward with the 5-inch Pixel 2 and a massive, 6-inch device codenamed “Taimen.” The Taimen will retain the high-end specs that would have graced the Pixel XL 2, such as the Snapdragon 835 SoC and 4GB of RAM.
This means that, whereas rumors have abounded that Google would craft 3 phones, the company will return to its two-phone model.
There are a number of reasons why Google could scrap the 5.6-inch Pixel XL 2. First, there’s the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ has sold in large numbers (and it boasts a 6.2-inch screen). Next is the fact that the 5.6-inch Pixel XL 2 may end up collecting dust on shelves because, as the “middle phone,” many would opt for the larger display if selecting between the 5.5-inch and 6.2-inch Pixel phones.
The only ones who would contemplate the 5.6-inch screen would be those selecting between it and the 5-inch Pixel (and those who prefer smaller phones would opt for the smaller Pixel instead). There’s little need to make two Pixel XL phones bearing slightly different screen sizes.
All in all, Google is trying to craft a screen size that will please the masses, and Samsung’s newest Galaxy S8+ has manufacturers reconsidering whether or not 5.5-inch displays are the perfect screen sizes in the current market. This is just a rumor for now, but, if true, will leave a paper trail in the immediate future.
Source: Android Police