Google Pixel Announced – Available on Pre-order Now

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are now official and with these Android smartphones available for pre-order now we take a look at what the tech giant has delivered in their latest offerings. The Google Pixel range announced has been designed with Android in every pore so lets take a look.

 

Pixel and Pixel XL design

 

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The smartphones are made with high-quality materials with glass and an aluminium unibody while the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 4. The rear cover features a fingerprint sensor and there is a single speaker on the bottom for projecting music and notification sounds. The Google Pixel has a 5-inch FHD display while fans of the larger screen can opt for the Pixel XL with its 5.5-inch display. The Pixel is being released in three colour variants; Really Blue, Quite Black and Very Silver.

 

Google Pixel Features

 

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As this is a Google designed phone you get lots of Android features that you don’t yet see on other phones and there is plenty of other stuffed into the chassis too. The fingerprint sensor keeps the phone secure of course but a downward swipe on the sensor will give you quick access to notifications too, a nice touch.

 

Under the hood Google has packed the Pixel with a 2.15Ghz quad-core processor, 4GB RAM and the choice of either 32GB or 128GB of internal memory.

 

Android 7.1 is on board and includes the latest apps including Google Allo, which is a new way to chat as well as the Google Duo for a simplified way to video chat.

 

A standout feature is the Android Assistant which has been improved and enhanced to do lots of stuff for you using voice commands. The Assistant also works within the Google Allo app so as you chat about plans with friends the app can share directions or suggested web pages for restaurants etc without the need to leave the chat window.

 

google assistant

 

Apart from the screen size the two models of the Pixel each offer a different capacity battery with the Pixel XL packing a 3,450mAh power pack for up to 14hours of internet browsing or 32 hours of talk time. The smaller Pixel has a smaller capacity battery with a 2,770mAh battery on board and this delivers a decent 19 days standby and up to 13 hours of internet browsing.

 

google pixel models

 

Both models include fast charging capabilities and the new USB Type-C cable is included in the box, this charger is symmetrical so it can be plugged in either way up and delivers an impressive 7 hours of usage time from just a 15minute charge.

 

Pixel Camera

The camera package is the same across both models with a 12.3-megapixel setup on the back and an8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The impressive camera package has achieved the best ever 89 DxOMark Mobile score proving its fantastic credentials for capturing great images in any light conditions.

 

pixel camera

 

The rear camera has a f/2.0 aperture and can capture 4K video and there are a number of shooting modes with Pixel HRD+, Fisheye mode, Pixel Photosphere and Pixel Smartburst.

 

photosphere google pixel

 

The selfie camera features a f/2.4 aperture and with Google Photos you get unlimited storage for your videos and photos from both cameras with automatic backup and organisation of your captured images.

 

Pre-order Google Pixel

 

The Google Pixel is available on pre-order now and if you get in early with an order pre-release,  you will get a free Daydream View VR headset included.

 

 

 

Verdict:

Android fans will love the next level experience on this smartphone and thanks to the exceptional battery life and highest rated smartphone camera ever this phone will please all types of users. The bonus of being the first Android with Google Assistant built-in is another feather in the cap of the Google Pixel and after using this I am a fan too.

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