Ok! So Google has ditched the Nexus Line for the Pixel Series. The Pixel and Pixel XL are the first handsets in the new lineup – and also the first to be designed in-house by Google.
With an impressive camera and specs sheet, the new devices are set to compete with flagships from the likes of Samsung and Apple.
Here’s all you need to know about the new Google Phones.
Google Pixel is the smaller of the two with a 5-inch AMOLED display of 1080p resolution at 441ppi, while the Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display at 563ppi. Both devices come in a glass-aluminium body with curved edges, and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset, and paired with 4GB of RAM. You either get the 32GB or 128GB storage variant. No microSD card slot is available, but Google has provided unlimited Google Photo storage for photos in their full resolution.
The devices ship with Android 7.1 Nougat, and are also the first to have Google Assistant built-in. Google Assistant similar to Apple’s Siri, is a handy AI-powered digital assistant to help you with tasks and information.
In terms of camera, both device have a 12.3MP rear camera with 1.55μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and laser auto focus. An 8MP camera with f/2.4 aperture takes care of selfies. The devices are also touted as having the highest rated smartphone camera with an 89 DXoMark Mobile rating.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, and NFC. A fingerprint reader which can also be swiped to access notifications is positioned on the rear. Other sensors include Proximity sensor, Barometer and Hall effect sensor.
Google Pixel has a battery capacity of 2770mAh, while the Pixel XL packs in a 3450mAh battery. Both devices have fast charging capabilities and USB Type-C ports. The device will be available in Really Blue, Quite Black, and Very Silver colors – and yeah, those names are for real. The Really Blue color is exclusive to US.
Price and Availability
Google Pixel is priced at $650 for the 32GB variant, and $750 for the 128GB version. The Pixel XL, on the other hand, carries a price tag of $770 for the 32GB model, and $870 for 128GB variant.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are already available for pre-orders in the US, Germany, Australia and Canada, and will start selling on October 20.
When available in Nigeria, the price of the devices will start at around N250,000.