For those die-hard Nexus fan, sadly Google has dropped the Nexus branding and has exclusively brought the new Pixel phones collaborating with HTC – the manufacturer who brought the Android and the first Nexus phone. Launched at the dedicated event the Pixel duo packs an immensely powerful hardware and an appealing body.
The Pixel and Pixel XL now comes with a 5-inch and 5.5-inch display respectively. Both of the duos will pack a similar Super AMOLED display and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, while the small Pixel will boast a 1080p display and the Pixel XL will boast a QHD display with a pixel density of 441ppi and 534ppi respectively.
Apart from the display, both of the phones will be powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4GB of RAM. The phone runs on the latest and greatest Android 7.1 Nougat bringing in an optimized overall software performance with a clean Android UI. Both of the Pixel and Pixel XL comes with a 32GB base model and a 128GB model, both graced with unlimited Google Photos storage. The Pixel will carry a 2,770mAh battery, while the Pixel XL will drag the power from a bigger 3,450mAh battery. Yes, there’s a fingerprint scanner located at the back of the phone.
Talking about the camera the Pixel and Pixel XL features the 12.3MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55µm pixels, and an added capability of Electronic Image Stabilization. Up front, both of the phones features an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture rate. What’s interesting is that Google itself is claiming that the new sensor integrated into the Pixel is one of the highest rated cameras in the market by DxO Mark- scoring 89 (even better than the new iPhone 7 carrying a score of 86).
Adding butter to the top, the new Pixel duos are the first phone to be favored with Google’s smart AI assistant. Built by HTC the Pixel now sports Google logo only, the phone can also be specifically connected to Google router and can be streamed to Google media player. Both of the phones can also be considered as the first smartphones to have a support for Daydream – Google’s own VR platform.
The Google Pixel will be available in three new interestingly named colors, including Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue(exclusive in the US). Pre-orders will start from October 4(today) for US, UK, Canada, Australia and Germany, while in India the pre-orders will start from 13th of October. The starting price for the small Pixel is £599, while the 128GB variant will cost £699, whereas the Pixel XL will be priced at £719 for 32GB version and £819 for 128GB.