Clues on Google issue tracker point to LG-made, Google-branded device being in the works.
The codename "Taimen" has cropped up a few times over the past few months, apparently in reference to a new big-screened Google device — presumably carrying the premium Pixel branding.
With recent rumors
About as close as you're going to get to a smoking gun, identifying LG as Taimen's manufacturer.
Anyway, back to the LG connection. For that, we have the eagle-eyed folks at
That's about as close as you're going to get to a smoking gun, identifying LG as Taimen's manufacturer.
If true, the move could help buoy LG's mobile division as it
LG Display — a separate company in which LG Electronics is the largest stakeholder —
At the very least, we'd expect an LG-made Pixel to source its OLED screens from LG Display. In the context of a possible Google investment, and the continuing global OLED shortage, the use of an LG panel in both would make a lot of sense.
Don't expect the two 2017 Pixel phones to look exactly alike.
As for HTC, the probable cancellation of Muskie in favor of the LG-made Taimen isn't great news. AC understands that the HTC/Pixel deal was intended to run for multiple years, and may still do. Either way, the Taiwanese company surely isn't thrilled to have to share more of the limelight — and more importantly, profits — with LG.
For consumers, what this means is you're likely to get a 5.6-inch 2017 Pixel made by HTC, with 2:1 (-ish) aspect-ratio display — and a significantly larger Pixel made by LG. It'd make sense for the two to share the same aspect ratio and specs — and thus far the leaks point to both devices sharing a Snapdragon 835 platform and 4GB of RAM. But given that we're dealing with two different ODMs (original device manufacturers) this year, we should be prepared for some external hardware differences. Don't expect Taimen and Walleye, the smaller 2017 Pixel, to look exactly alike, even though Google might do everything it can to emphasize common design characteristics.
Made in Korea vs. Made in Taiwan.
We'll have to wait and see whether the use of two different manufacturers helps or hinders Google's ability to get Pixels on store shelves this year. The company has