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Google officially announced the new 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL phones

Google Assistant built-in, fantastic Camera, unlimited photo and video storage, Google Duo and Google Daydream VR
Christian Jay Magowan  —  1 year ago ( Oct 05, 2016 )    |    Featured, Mobile

Many of us were waiting for the next generation Google mobile device, since we haven’t seen that at I/O 2016 where we expected the search giant to unveil the device, Google now is bringing the much awaited handsets to life with built-in Google Assistant, impressive camera, unlimited photo and video storage through the Cloud and not only that, the handset is the first of its kind to support Google’s latest VR technology Daydream.

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Finally after months of rumors and leaks, Google officially announced the new Pixel handsets, though the search giant only showed the smaller Google Pixel device today, they’ve also confirmed that the new handset will be available in two versions, the Pixel at its base have a 5-inch screen while the Pixel XL comes with a larger 5.5-inch screen.

Hardware

Designed to be minimal in design with rich experience, the new Pixel phones is built on a metal unibody design with a 1/3 of glass laminated back that houses the camera module and predominantly the fingerprint sensor.

Though the Pixel phones is created by third-party OEM HTC, the creation of the device itself is closely cordinated by Google inside and out. The handset is created primarily to showcase the full potential of Google’s Android operating system and with that in mind, Google added the best collaboration of hardware components to bring a seamless user experience.

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While the Pixel phones are available in two variants, the only difference they come into is the screen as well as the battery for obvious reasons. Like we’ve mentioned earlier, the handsets are coming in either 5-inch and 5.5-inch screens protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. To compensate with their differences and for obvious reasons, the 5-inch variant houses a 2770 mAh battery while the larger variant obviously includes a larger battery at 3450 mAh with both devices supporting Fast Charging capabilities which gives 7 hours of talktime for just 15 minutes of charging.Beyond that differences, everything else is the same on both devices.

The Pixel phones is powered by none other than the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4-Core Processor running at 2.15GHz, this is tied to a plentiful of 4GB RAM and a choice of either 32GB or the larger 128GB internal storage space. There’s no microSD card support as always but Google is giving users unlimited storage for photos and videos through Google Cloud service.

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For Photography, Google claims that its new Pixel phones scores the highest ever in DxOMark test for cameras on a smartphone of 89. It compares itself to the iPhone 7 which only scores 86.Not only that, Google also suggests that the new handset has the fastest capture speed compared to any phone tested.

With increasing demand for storage nowadays, Google found an answer to the woes of users through the Cloud, users with the Pixel phones will no longer have to worry about running out of space as Google tied Google Photos at its core to manage all photos and videos and it promised to provide an unlimited amount of storage for Photos in its original quality as well as 4K videos in its original resolution.

While someone is ditching the an audio port that we all love, Google built the Pixel phones with the good old 3.5mm headphone jack so no one will have to worry about bringing another accessory with them just to connect their favorite headsets.

Software

The Pixel and the Pixel XL will be the first phones in the market to run the newest Android 7.1 operating system out of the box and Google is precise when they built these devices with its hardware and software tied and integrated together to bring a premium Google experience.

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With the new hardware, Google is also bringing a new Launcher on its own, especially designed for Pixel with Google’s Assistant to come built-in into the handsets. There are a lot of thing you can do now with Google’s Assistant and it’s learning too, the more you use it, the more it becomes natural.

Smartphone photography does not only really on hardware but for the magic to work, it requires a powerful software to drive it. Google is proud to present a leap in mobile imaging with features that Google had missed out during the era of the Nexuses. With Pixel, Google controls every aspect of software built into it and the camera software itself it (maybe) own of Google new base model on how to properly build a camera app for smartphones.

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Google’s camera software brought lots of features to the table including Smart Burst which selects the best and clearest images captured from shooting in burst mode. There’s also the improved HDR+ which fuses a series of images to form a single high-quality image from short multiple exposures. The new feature also becomes ideal for high-quality images as it comes with no shutter lag which is by the way turned on by default.

With Pixel, Google’s latest Google Duo video calling app comes built-in, it brings a new way to communicate with people and brings more excitement whenever you use the feature.

This year, it is also the time where Virtual Reality experience becomes as important as the devices that provide it. So Google is developed its own Virtual Reality experience through Google’s new Daydream by combining Pixel’s capable hardware with Google new Daydream View VR headset which is built with natural textile finish and it’s lightweight too.

Availability + Price

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The new Pixel and Pixel XL handset is available in Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue color options and Google will closely be working exclusively with Verizon in the US but for those whowishes to use another carrier SIM, Google Pixel phones will also be available through the Play Store unlocked. The price will start at $650 off contract and a $27/month on Verizon. Retailers such as Best Buy and Flipkart will also be selling the handsets SIM-free.For other regions, Google will be working closely with other carriers like Rogers, Telus, Bell, Deutche Telekon, EE, Telstra and more others for their respective regions.

Christian Jay Magowan

A Medtech by Profession and a big fan of gadgets and whatever technology has for the world. I scour for anything technology and science to provide you with what’s hot in this side of space.