Google Pixel XE just leaked — but there’s a catch


This has been a good year for the Google Pixel lineup, with the launch of the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5. We’ve even heard rumors about a Pixel 5 Pro, which may arrive next March.

But a new rumor has hit the web today, and it involves a totally new Pixel phone — a Pixel XE. The only trouble is, we have some doubts as to whether this leak is legit or not.

The first clue that this phone is coming is a screenshot discovered by Tom’s Hardware, showing the “About” menu of an Android phone’s settings. The phone is referred to as “Google Pixel XE” twice — once under “Device name” at the top and again as “Model & hardware” toward the bottom. While you can change a phone’s name to whatever you like, the same doesn’t seem to be true of the Model.

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The top left corner of this screenshot also seems to show that this device has eight cores, so if it really is a Pixel XE, it’s not likely to be an ultra-cheap device that sits below the Pixel 4a in Google’s phone lineup. The mystery device is also running Android 11, and only a handful of devices have access to that. All this assumes that the image hasn’t been altered in some way.

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Another set of images come from SlashLeaks, showing off a very blurry phone that is also reportedly called the Google Pixel XE. Crucially, though, we don’t actually see the model name, or what version of Android it’s running — only the name of the phone. 

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As previously mentioned, the name of the phone can be anything you like — even “Baby Yoda” if you’re so inclined. So the SlashLeaks images prove absolutely nothing, and the fact we can’t see the model number is a little bit suspicious.



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