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Meet Google Pixel, The Search Giant’s Flagship Smartphone

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Finally, search giant Google has entered the smartphone arena with its own flagship product– Google Pixel – challenges leading brands Apple and Samsung.

Introducing Google Pixel smartphones in varying color and sizes

Introducing Google Pixel smartphones in varying colors and sizes (Credit: Gizmodo /Google)

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While the company’s software, Android, powers millions of phones worldwide, Google revealed Tuesday night a line of smartphones called Pixel, the first smartphone that is purely ‘Made by Google’, both software and hardware components.

The phone’s release comes as Apple’s iPhone sales are declining for the first time while Samsung is facing a fallout from an embarrassing recall of millions of defective Galaxy Note 7 phones due to reports of exploding batteries.

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The size is about the same as its rival Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. Pixel comes in two sizes, 5-inch (regular) or 5.5-inch (XL), and available in three colors: Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue (the limited edition for the U.S. only, now sold out). The Pixel and Pixel XL phones come with aerospace-grade aluminium body and include a rear glass panel with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 screen protection against accidental damage.

It also features a 12.3MP premium camera, a fingerprint scanner at the back, and a long battery life that can charge the 2,770mAh battery in just 15 minutes for a 7-hour usage.

The camera app offers a number of smart features like “Smartburst”, which takes a rapid-fire series of shots then automatically picks the best ones, and “Lens Blur” to achieve shallow depth of field and bokeh effects (Wow).

The company included a digital assistant software called “Google Assistant,” similar to Apple’s Siri but the notable difference is that it is powered by Google’s search engine with conversational AI, so it can respond to queries and do more complicated tasks. 

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Unlike Apple iPhone 7, both Pixel phones have a headphone jack, so wired headphone fans can be very thankful to it (at least for now). But sadly, the Pixel phones are not waterproof or dustproof yet, something added feature on most flagship Android phones (hopefully in the next version).

Pixel ships with the latest Android OS called Android 7.1 Nougat. Phones will get software and security updates as soon as they’re available, it can be downloaded and installed straight from Google. The phone’s price starts at $649, it’s available for pre-order now.

See more features and side-by-side comparison of Google Pixel models below.

Key features Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones
  • First smartphone with Google Assistant built in
  • AMOLED Display and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 screen protection
  • Latest Android 7.1 operating system
  • Include the Duo app (for video calling) and Allo (for messaging)
  • Compatible with Google Daydream View – a headset which turns the Pixel and Pixel XL into immersive VR devices
  • Fingerprint scanners on the back
  • Unlimited cloud photo storage
 Feature Google Pixel Google Pixel XL
Size 5″; 1,920×1,080 pixels5.5″; 2,560×1,440 pixels
Pixel density441 ppi534 ppi
Dimensions5.66″ x 2.74″ x0.34″ (at its thickest)6.09″ x 2.98″ x0.34″ (at its thickest)
Weight5.04 oz; 143 g5.92 oz; 168g
Processor2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8212.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
GPUAdreno 530 GPUAdreno 530 GPU
Camera12.3MP with Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), SmartBurst, f/2.012.3MP with Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), SmartBurst, f/2.0
Front-facing camera8MP8MP
Video recording4K4K
Headphone jack (3.5mm)YesYes
Internal storage 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB
External storageNoneNone
IP RatingNoneNone
Battery CapacityLi-Ion 2,770mAh (non-removable)Li-Ion 3,450mAh (non-removable)
Baterry LifeStand-by Up to 456 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 26 h (3G)
Music play Up to 110 h
Up to 7 hours (15-minute quick charge)
Stand-by Up to 552 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 32 h (3G)
Music play Up to 130 h
Up to 7 hours (15-minute quick charge)
ColorsQuite Black, Very Silver or Really BlueQuite Black, Very Silver or Really Blue
Price off-contract (USD)$649 (32GB); $749 (128GB)$769 (32GB); $869 (128GB)
Price (GBP)£599 (32GB); £699 (128GB)£719 (32GB); £819 (128GB)
StatusComing soon. Expected release: October 20, 2016Coming soon. Expected release: October 20, 2016


See product demo below:

Sources: CNET/Gizmodo/Google/GSMArena

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