Google have moved away form their ‘Nexus’ smartphone series which to date had included the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. The Nexus 5X was the smaller of the 2 variants and was manufactured by LG. The larger Nexus 6P is the more premium handset manufactured Huawei.
For the first time ever the new handsets are manufactured by Google inside and out, namely the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL.
The design of the new handsets are clean and stylish with a metal body and the upper rear section made of glass. The smaller device has a 5” screen and the larger device has a 5.5” screen, the same size as an iPhone 7 Plus.
Both devices have a fingerprint sensor on the rear to improve accessibility. The smaller Pixel device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. The 5” screen has a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display with 440 ppi. In terms of camera quality, the device has a 12-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. Software is Android 7.1 Nougat and the battery is a 2,770mAh cell. The phone's dimensions are listed as 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm with a weight of 143g.
The larger XL boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset processor with 4GB RAM, and optional 32 or 128GB storage. Much like the smaller Pixel device the camera is 12-megapixel, with the secondary front camera being 8-megapixel. The 5.5” screen has a sharp 2560 x 1440 resolution display with 534 ppi. The battery is top spec at 3450mAh battery and the new USB Type-C charging.
The software used in these devices is the next Android version, the 7.1 Nougat, with new ‘Pixel launcher’ integration. Android 7.0 Nougat saw an official release on 22 August, rolling out to Nexus devices from this date. The push for Android 7.1 perhaps explains this software dalliance, so the new phones will have a separate launch event entirely.
Now, hot off the press, comes the low down from today's announcement...
This is the first ever handset to have the Google Assistant built in...
- Simply hold home button, and use voice command
- Quick and smart voice command
- Search for dates, people, places
- Smart learning knows what apps you use for different functions
Google are claiming that this is the best smartphone camera ever...
- Smart burst- captures the optimal image
- HDR Plus- performs in poor lighting and challenging conditions
- Shortest capture time than any smartphone device they have tested
- Video stabilization- samples gyroscope at 2,000x/second
Fully integrated for all of your storage needs...
- Integrated with Google photos for storage
- Free unlimited storage for photos and videos at full resolution- never run out of space
Google's Pixel phones will start at $649, which is a price range usually reserved for devices like the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. The Pixel XL, the higher-spec'd of the two Pixel phones, will likely cost even more, too.