Google just released their much awaited Pixel phones last night at the ‘Made by Google’ event in Silicon Valley. With the launch of these new phones, Google is changing their hardware strategy. The affordable Nexus phones which were made in collaboration with hardware manufacturers are no more. The new Pixel phones are high-end devices with hefty price tags. These phones are still being made by a hardware partner, HTC in this case, but unlike Nexus, there is no mention of the manufacturer anywhere; not even a small logo on the back. Even in the marketing material, its being called a “Phone by Google”.
If you missed the live stream of the event last night, here’s a brief rundown of everything you want to know about the new Google phones:
- There are two models; the smaller 5-inch Pixel and the larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL.
- Both the models have same specifications; 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage options, USB Type C and headphone jack.
- The only differences between the Pixel and Pixel XL is the display and battery size. The Pixel has a 5-inch full HD display with 2770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL has 5.5-inch quad HD display with 3450 mAh battery.
- These phones also come with fast charging. Google claims that these provide 7 hours of battery time with only 15 minutes of recharge.
- The phones also have IP53 water and dust resistance which means that these are not exactly water proof like iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7.
- Pixel phones come have a very premium design with aluminum unibody shell. There is small glass section on the back which houses the camera and finger print sensor. They come in three colors; Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue.
- Google is making a big thing out of the cameras on these phones. Both have the same camera setup; a 12.3MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization and an 8MP HD front camera. Pixel has scored 89 in the DxO Mark, highest for any smartphone ever.
- Google will also allow the Pixel users to backup their photos and videos in full resolution over Google Photos without any storage space restriction.
- The Pixel and Pixel XL will ship with Android 7.1 Nougat which is an incremental update over the 7.0 but it will bring the new Pixel launcher. In addition to that, these phones will also come with Google Assistant, which is company’s latest attempt to takeover Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana.
- The lineup starts at $649 for the 32GB Pixel, the 128GB Pixel is for $749 and the bigger Pixel XL is for $769 and $869 for the two storage options.