Google’s New Smartphone – Pixel
Google, on Tuesday, 4th October 2016 launched its new smartphone, Pixel and Pixel XL in a magnum opus launching ceremony. Google has successfully established itself as one the most widely preferred search engines in the century, and now it is going to try hands into the retail market with its brand new smartphone, Pixel. Google claims that Pixel is a one of its kind pure Google phones. Pixel is endowed with the highest rated smartphone camera ever, an inexhaustible battery and a gigantic space for your photos and videos. Plus, it comes with Google Assistant built in. Let us check-out all the amazing features of Google’s new smartphone Pixel in depth.
In India both phones Google Pixel, Pixel XL go up for pre-order on October 13 on Flipkart, starting at Rs 57,000 going up all the way to Rs 76,000 for the 128GB XL version.
In terms of specifications: Pixel has a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display, XL has a bigger 5.5-inch display with Quad HD resolution. Both phones come with latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.15 (two cores) and 2.16 Ghz (two cores) along with 4GB RAM, 32GB or 128GB storage options. The camera on the back is 12 MP with f/2.0 aperture and a larger 1.5 micron size, while the camera on the front is 8 MP.
On the battery front, the Pixel has a 2770 battery, Pixel XL has a 3450 mAh battery, and both phones support Quick Charge technology. Google is promising 7 hours of battery life with just fifteen minutes of charging. The port is Type-C USB, and yes the headphone jack is still alive on these phones.
Google Pixel’s Key Specifications
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|BODY||Dimensions||143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5 mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||143 g (5.04 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.0 inches (~69.0% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Coming Gorilla Glass 4|
|PLATFORM||Operating System||Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)|
|CPU||Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal||32/128 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||12 MP, f/2.0, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Secondary||8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p|
|BATTERY||Stand by||Up to 456 h (3G)|
Expected price of Pixel is Rs 57,000 going up all the way to Rs 76,000 for the 128GB XL version.
With the Pixel and Pixel XL Google has gone for an aluminum casing with a bit of glass design. While the Pixel feels like a very light device when you hold, the bigger XL will remind you of the iPhone from the front. Except both phones have glass on the back; well half of the back has glass, and the rest has a matte-finish metal look. There are antenna bands on the bottom and muted ones on the top. The camera doesn’t jut out at all, and there’s a fingerprint scanner on the back. At the bottom, the letter G aka the Google Logo which is the highlight of this phone.
Yes the glass on the back is prone to fingerprint smudges, and you’ll probably need a case to ensure you don’t crack that bit. Both the front and back glass are Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection against scratches. The phones come in three colours: Black, Silver and Blue. The last is a limited edition one and won’t be coming to India initially.
The new Pixel launcher has all circular app icons, the app tray needs to be swiped up and the Google Search bar is now just the G logo icon. Long press on the home button in the centre and the Google Assistant appears. It looks like the Google Assistant is not coming to other Android phones yet, although it is available on the Allo app.
Pixel phones will have 24/7 live support from Google’s customer service. Users will be able to share their screen with the people at the customer service so that they can pin-point the exact problem. They have the option of pausing a screen share as well in the middle of a live chat with the customer service. The new option for Support is in-built into Google settings itself. The Support feature will be live in India too, and Google plans to have walk-in customer servicing options here as well