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Google Pixel and Pixel XL Official: Premium Phones With SD821, Powerful Cameras & Daydream Ready

by Joe 10

It’s official! Nexus is no more. But what comes our way is something more premium and powerful, going by the name of Google Pixel. Thanks to the many leaks that made it to the internet in the past couple of months, much details about the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL have been known to us. And now, Google just made these two devices official.

So, there are two phones announced today, the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL. Like the name states, the Pixel XL is the larger model of the two, featuring a 5.5-inch display with Quad HD resolution. On the other hand, the Pixel comes with a 5-inch 1080p display. Both the displays are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass display.

Google Pixel phones

As for the design, Google has taken care of designing the two devices, which look almost identical. Both feature aluminum polished bodies with glass on the front as well as the upper portion of the back. You get a Google branding at the bottom as well. However, note that the phones are made by HTC, but there’s no company branding on both the devices. There are three color options, Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue. The Blue color option seems to be US only for the time being.

Coming to the hardware, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL feature Snapdragon 821 chipsets with 4GB of RAM on board. There are two variants for both the devices, 32GB and 128GB ROM. And guess what! Google is offering unlimited cloud storage via Google Photos for both the devices. So, you will never be out of storages on the new pixel phones.

Google pixel xl

Camera is going to be an important feature of the two devices. Google has used a powerful 12.3MP 1.55um pixel sensor at the back with f/2.0 aperture. The company claims the phone has one of the fastest shutter speed in the market and with HDR+ enabled as default. And guess what! Google Pixel phones have a DxOMark score of 89, which is the highest score for a smartphone camera till date. The phones can record 4K and 1080p videos and with your unlimited free storage, you need not worry about their size. You can read all about the Google Pixel’s camera from DxOMark here.

Batteries capacities are not impressive. The Pixel phone has a 2770mAh battery while the Pixel XL comes with a 3450mAh one. Software is something that’s always been a plus point of Google’s Nexus range and with the Pixel, the company has made sure you have the latest version to play around. The phones come with Android Nougat 7.1 with some new software additions like Google Assistant which is like a feature-rich Google Now, gestures for its fingerprint scanner, new icon designs, Daydream VR ready etc.

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As for the pricing, it’s interesting, as both Pixel and Pixel XL start at $649. These phones will be available via carriers like Verizon, unlocked on the Google Play Store as well as via Brick and mortar stores like Best Buy.


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  • George

    A little bit expensive, isn’t it?!

    … just because of the future software updates from Google. But hardware-wise we know a lot of cheaper competitors! 😉

  • Lucas Rodrigues

    Now I’m excited with Xiaomi mi5S… The same sensor and aperture as Pixel! YAY”

  • princetom

    Nothing to salivate about in this. Nextttttt?

  • rigge

    meh.. next!!!

  • bro-reac

    Is it expensive because Google wants to define itself in that space and throw Apple out. Where is their strategy of getting everyone connected at affordable prices?
    Or this all died with Android One Smartphones?
    Thank you Xiaomi, LeEco and Zuk am coming wait for my money.

    • The Calm Critic

      Even then Android One as a program are being handled in a very piss poor manner since Day 0. There is absolutely none in SEA region.

      And yes at this point LeEco Le Pro 3 to me looks like a deal of the century definitely.

      • bro-reac

        Indeed. Android one is just a wasted program and has no direction.
        As you said I thought google’s target was to get the 3rd world countries on their services but you can hardly find one (androidone) in the markets.
        I guess greed kicks in once people start making money and they throw out their simplicity and initial goal.

  • Adam Irvine

    Personally I’m finding it pretty f*cking ugly… Why the massive chin at the bottom with nothing in it? And the proximity sensor? under the earpiece, it looks very clumsy to me…

    • bro-reac

      Wouldn’t have said it better myself. Big chins and the rest so not cool google!!!!

  • Faisal Shaharyar

    similar to the concept of Honor… they need to give assurance of not going to update the smartphone line for next 2 years… and we know that the updates will be prioritized for them.. they need to have better resale value..