Meet Pixel. A pioneer to Google’s newest line of flagship devices. A smartphone outfitted with a long-lasting battery, a first-class camera, limitless media storage, and a personal assistant.
After years of collaboration with Android smartphone manufacturers with its Nexus series, Google enters the fray with a phone of their own. It’s made by HTC, but fully controlled, managed, and branded by Google. The Pixel will come in a 5-inch and 5.5-inch “XL” variants. Both beautifully crafted in a slim 8.6mm seamless glass-aluminum body with a vivid and vibrant AMOLED display shaded by Corning Gorilla Glass. The 5-inch model display’s a 1080×1920 Full HD screen resolution, while the XL boasts a larger screen with a picturesque 1440×2560 Quad HD. And yes, they both have headphone jacks.
Under the hood of the Google Pixel is the snappy Snapdragon 821 processor paired with an ample 4GB of RAM and a user’s choice of 32GB or 128GB of internal storage. The 5-inch Pixel is powered by a friendly 2770mAh battery, while its big brother carries a larger 3450mAh for its power-hungry screen. They may not be removable, but a fascinating feature is the Quick Charge support that allows 7 hours of battery life on a 15-minute charge via USB-C connection to keep the phone ticking.
When it comes to smartphone cameras, Google didn’t slack on the development of its Pixel peeper. The camera sensor on the Pixel is the highest-rated on the smartphone market with a high score of 89 on DxOMark for mobile devices. With 12.3 megapixels for sharp, crisp images and a fast f/2.0 aperture, the Pixel takes brilliant photos in any lighting condition. Need some stunning action shots? The SmartBurst feature captures them frame by frame in a continuous burst succession like a high-speed sports camera. And thanks to the power of its Snapdragon CPU, it’s also capable of recording 4K videos at 60fps. Ideal for smoothly slowing motion down during playback.
In addition to its premier smartphone camera, Google offers snap-happy phone photographers unlimited photo and video storage over Google Photos. Never miss a moment with one of those annoying “Full Storage” warnings. Google’s got that covered.
Google introduces its answer to Siri with its built-in, Pixel-exclusive Android version: Google Assistant. It’s like a personal assistant that’s pocket-sized, but a striking feature is its ability to learn continually based on searched needs, locations, and what-not. Booting up the assistant is as simple as saying, “Okay, Google” or holding down the home button. Google Assistant can offer help across contexts, from the Pixel, Android smartwatches, the Google Home speaker, and even an Android-supported car.
Google also introduces a video-calling app similar to FaceTime called Google Duo, with cross-platform capabilities. A simple app that brings both Android and iPhone users to the video forefront over one network. Its Knock Knock feature previews the caller on live view before picking up, just like viewing through a peephole before opening the front door.
The Google Pixel are available in three colors – Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. It will come equipped with the latest version of Android Nougat and it set to release before the month ends.
For more information about the Google Pixel and to pre-order, check out a GoWireless store near you.