After nearly 8 years of their mobile OS launch (Android), Google has finally decided to enter the hardware side of the smartphones, with the launch of their very own Google Pixel and Pixel XL. There was Nexus line up before this, but Google was only looking after the design, development, marketing and support for the devices. The devices were actually manufactured by OEMs such as LG, HTC, Huawei, Samsung etc., with Google acting as a partner. With Pixel line up, Google is claiming it to be “made by google”, with Google’s logo at the back. Of course Google has not set up any manufacturing plant for these two devices, therefore will be made by some smartphone manufacturer, but Google is claiming that it will play a much greater role in the hardware design as well as software, giving it a complete control from start to the finish, much like iPhone, thus making the smartphone manufacturer (rumors claims it to be HTC), a contractor rather than a partner and here below, we got the complete Review of Google Pixel Review.
Both Pixel and Pixel XL were announced during the Google event on 4th October 2016 held at San Francisco. Tagged as #madebygoogle, Google claims to be directly involved in manufacturing of these two phones, from design to the final touches. Although both are identical, with screens size being the only major difference, let’s give you a rundown to what these two phones have to offer.
So lets start with complete review of Google Pixel Phones. Both Pixel and Pixel XL are almost same when it comes to hardware specs. Pixel has a 5.0 inch AMOLED display, supporting full HD and 1920X1080 resolution with 441 PPI (Pixel per Inch), powered by a 2,770 mAh battery. Internal storage capacity comes in 32 GB and 128 GB variant. Pixel XL comes in with a larger display of 5.5 inches AMOLED display, supporting quad HD 2560X1440 resolution with 534 PPI, with a battery capacity of 3,450 mAh . Internal storage like its younger brother is 32 GB/128 GB. Both phones have 4 GB of ram, comes in with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor chipset powering speed of Quad Core 2x 2.15GHz / 2x 1.6GHz. SD card owners will be disappointed to know that none of these two phones support SD card.
Pixel measures in at 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3mm and weighing in at 143g, while the larger one Pixel XL measures 154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3mm and weighing in at 168g. Both have glass-aluminum body, with one third of upper rear section made of glass, within this glass area, is the fingerprint scanner for fast biometric unlocking and flash and the camera on the top left corner. The aluminum part at the bottom has that big G written. The bottom of the phone has 2 speakers on either sides, and between them is the USB type C charging slot. The front side has the speaker, and the front camera on top left. Both phones comes in three colors; Quite Black, Very Silver, or Really Blue.
You will be stunned to read the review of Google Pixel Phone Camera because Google claims that the camera of the devices is “The highest rated smartphone camera. Ever.” DxOMark, a camera-testing website, gave the Pixel’s camera a score of 89, the highest for any smartphone.
Back camera has 12.3 MP shooter, with f/2.0 aperture size, large 1.55μm pixels and Phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus. Video recording supports 720p, 1080p and 4K recording. Front camera is 8 MP, perfect for selfies lovers.
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SOFTWARE AND OTHER GOODIES
Both Pixel and Pixel XL comes in with Android Nougat 7.1, the latest Android to date. Google supporting its customers with two years of OS upgrades from launch and three years of security updates from launch. Pixel and Pixel XL will come built in by Google’s very own personal assistant known as “Google assistant” much like Siri on iPhone and Cortana on Lumia. There is also Google duo video calling app rivaling Facetime of iOS and Skype for Windows. Both Pixels are VR ready and fully supporting Daydream View, the VR headset by Google, putting it in direct competition with Samsung gear VR.
PRICING AND RELEASE DATE
Pre orders for both the devices started on October 4, for UK, US, Australia, Canada and Germany. Phones will start shipping on October 20. Both phones are available on Google store. Pixel starting price (off contract) is $649/$749 for 32/128 GB respectively. Pixel XL costs at $769 (32GB) and $869 (128GB).
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR GOOGLE
After getting complete review of Google Pixel Phones, now we know that Google directly controlling both the software and hardware of the smartphone, users can expect devices with a more efficient use of the Android OS. With android in well over 70% of the smartphones worldwide, Google should already feel at home when launching these two devices. This puts Google in direct competition with Apple, as Apple being the only other significant smartphone manufacturer controlling both the hardware and the OS. Although Google is advertising on how easy it is to switch from iPhone to Pixel, the launch of Pixel could hurt Samsung more than iPhone, because of the fact that most of the consumers who will be purchasing Pixel will be Android users and are either looking for a newer experience or are dissatisfied with their current smartphone. With Samsung in a bit of tangle with their Galaxy Note 7, this could not have been a better time for Google to enter the market.
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Google Pixel XL VS IPhone 7 Plus VS Galaxy Note 7
To wrap things up after having review of Google Pixel, let’s have a spec showdown of Pixel against the other giants in the market like Ihone 7 Plus & Galaxy Note 7. We take the elder of the two Pixels as both are quite similar: