Google’s much awaited Pixel series has been announced at an event in San Francisco, named Pixel and Pixel XL. Both these handsets come in Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue colors (limited edition) and are already available for pre-order in US, Australia, Canada and Germany.
Pixel 32GB variant will be available in India for 57,000 INR and the 128GB variant has been priced at 66,000 INR. On the other side, Pixel XL 32GB version will cost at 67,000 INR and 128GB variant will cost 76,000 INR. Both of these handsets will be available in India for pre-order starting 13th of October, 2016.
Google is using top of the line hardware for both of these smartphones and the primary thing differentiating the two is the display size. Google Pixel carries a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, and the Pixel XL has a bigger 5.5-inch QHD (2K) Amoled panel. Also, the Pixel XL had room for a bigger battery.
Both of these smartphones are powered by 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. The primary camera on both of these phones has a Dxo Mark score of 89, which is highest ever for a phone. The camera sensor has large 1.55 micro meter pixel size, which should help with low light photography. An 8MP selfie camera is also present on the front.
Other notable hardware features include 4G VoLTE, USB Type C port with fast charging support, Fingerprint sensor that can be used for scrolling, WiFi ac MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS.
The software part is equally interesting. Both of these Google phones are naturally running the latest Android 7.1 Nougat and promise upcoming version updates for the next 2 years. These are the first smartphone to come with Google Assistant onboard (the same one as in Allo App).
Google offers a separate support tab in settings which can help you connect with customer care experts anytime you need help. Pixel phone owners also get unlimited lifetime drive storage for full resolution pictures and videos clicked using these phones.
In our personal opinion, the Pixel and Pixel XL are beautiful smartphones exemplifying full Android potential. Perhaps that’s why Google is asking a premium price for the duo.
Key Specifications of Google Pixel and Pixel XL:
|Model||Google Pixel||Google Pixel XL|
|Display||5 inch full HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4||5.5 inch Quad HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Processor||2.15 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 821 processor||2.15 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821 processor|
|Camera||12.3 MP rear and 8 MP front camera||12.3 MP rear and 8 MP front camera|
|Inbuilt Memory||32GB / 128GB||32GB / 128GB|
|Dimensions and Weight||143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm and 143 grams||154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm and 168 grams|
|Software||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Price||$649 / $749||$769 / $869|