After a long wait, Google finally revealed the smartphones everybody was waiting for, during yesterday’s special event! Pixel and Pixel XL are the result of a collaboration between the search engine giant and HTC, but don’t expect to see any resemblances with any of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s handsets, since the devices are “made by Google” from scratch.
At a first look, except the size, there’s nothing different about these two smartphones, but the truth is that things change a bit, when it comes to battery and screen resolution.
To be more specific, the Google Pixel has a 5.0″ display, with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the XL comes with a 5.5″ panel and a QHD resolution, of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Also, due to the different displays, the handsets also have different battery capacities: 2770 mAh vs. 2560 mAh.
Both phones are relying on a Snapdragon 821 chip, with a quad-core configuration, alongside 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 128 GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there’s no microSD card slot, but you really don’t need to worry that much about space, since Google is offering unlimited storage for photos and videos, at full resolution.
Speaking about photos and videos, the Google Pixel comes with a 12 MP sensor, 1.55-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture, as well as electronic image stabilisation. Also, Google claims that this is pretty much the best camera of the moment, as it received a rating of 89 from DXOMark.
The phones come with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and they’re loaded with Google services, including the integrated Google Assistant, which is now replacing Google Now.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL are available in three different colours, Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue, the latter being a US exclusive, and have a starting price of $649, for the 32 GB variant. Pre-orders have already started in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Germany, while India will follow shortly, on October 13. The actual sales will begin on October 20.