Google To Take Back Android With Pixel and Pixel XL
Today during Google Live event they reveal the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Google is touting these as pure “Google experience and is the first phone by them with the “made by Google” tag and doesn’t have any manufacturer branding on it.
Both new smartphones come with the same internal specs with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of Ram, 12.3 Megapixel camera, Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 4.2 and 32 GB or 128 GB of storage. The also share the same build quality with metal and glass material. The difference between them is the Pixel has a 5-inch display at 2,770 mAH battery, and the Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch display a 3,450 mAH battery. Both displays are HD AMOLED.
Both phones will come with Android Nougat and the Pixel Launcher that has Google Assitant build in, the first phone to have it according to Google. We’ve done some coverage of the new launcher which you can check out here. The Google Assistant is available all on the phone and will be aware of what is on your screen and respond with the proper and intelligent respond to your query.
Google made a big deal about the camera in the Pixel being 12.3 MP with f/2.0 lens with 1.55-micron pixel size. The camera also has always on HDR because Google claims zero shutter lag with the camera. Google hasn’t forgotten about that and included improved video stabilization. Google said the camera samples the gyroscope 200 times per second, instantly compensating for shaking and even rolling shutter.They claim the best camera rated ever with an 89 score given by DxOMark in their review. Their review compares it against the iPhone, Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and other recent smartphones. The images look good from what I see in the review and can’t wait to test to see if Google has made the best camera in a smartphone this year. As a bonus, Google is giving anyone who buys a Pixel phone unlimited Google Photo storage for full res photos and videos.
The Pixel and Pixel XL will be available unlocked from the Google Store and will also be available on Verizon in the US along with Google’s Project Fi service. The price is going to be $649 which is higher than what last year’s Nexus 6p when it first came out. You’ll have the chose of 3 colors from Really Blue, What do you think of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL? Share your thoughts below.