Along with two new smartphones that are assumed to be the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, currently codenamed ‘Muskie’ and ‘Walleye’ internally at Google, the company is also reportedly creating a third, larger phone or tablet, known by the internal codename ‘Taimen,’ according to a report stemming from Droid Life.
Reports indicate that ‘Taimen’ is a large smartphone that features a bigger display than ‘Muskie’ and ‘Walleye,’ which would make sense given the size of the actual fish in comparison to Google’s other rumoured Pixel related projects. Droid Life says that its sources have indicated that the project is separate internally from the Pixel 2 and an entirely new product.
Android Police was able to independently corroborate the existence of the third smartphone or table and has confirmed that it’s larger than the Pixel. It’s unclear if the device is a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet or a larger smartphone set to fall under Google’s Pixel branding.
Google preparing to work in the tablet space again makes sense given many of Android 7.0 Nougat’s features make the operating system better on larger displays, most notably native split-screen multitasking.
It’s also possible that this new device could have something to do with Google’s plans to evolve Chrome OS beyond the laptop form factor and into the tablet space.
Source: Droid Life