Google has been teasing something new coming in October and at today’s press conference, Google unveiled a number of devices with the Google Pixel phones being one of the most anticipated and most rumoured devices in recent weeks.
Google has gone all in with what is the first phone they have solely produced. Make no mistake, the specs are high end with nothing left out. There are two versions of this device, the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL. The devices are in the main very similar but the XL is slightly larger as you would expect and therefore has some bigger components too. The Pixel XL packs a 5.5 inch 1440p display while it’s little brother has the smaller 5 inch 1080p display. As the XL is bigger, it is also able to hold a larger 3450mAh battery which helps power that larger screen while the Pixel holds a 2770mAh battery. They boast that 15 minutes of charge gives you 7 hours of use.
All the other specs are same across both devices. They both pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.15GHz processor, 4GB RAM and a choice of 32GB or 128GB of storage. It also comes with the usual higher end refinements such as a fingerprint reader they call Pixel Imprint, 4G, Wi-Fi AC, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, USB Type-C charging/data port and yes, there is also a 3.5 inch headphone jack too unlike other devices that have been released recently!
Google made a big deal on the camera in the Pixel devices too, boasting a DxOMark score of 89, the highest of any smartphone rated. They both have a 12.3MP camera around the back that has a f/2.0 aperture with 1.55μm large pixels, great for clear low light shots. Google also offer full size unlimited photo uploads to Google Photos so they are always backed up and also allows you to keep on top of your phone’s storage.
The Google Pixel phones comes with the very latest Google Android OS and is the first phone to come running Android 7.1 and with that comes Google’s new AI called Google Assistant. This takes over from the Google Search used on previous phones and is still activated with the “OK Google” command. With Google Assistant, you can have a continuous conversation to help your search for things, show you pictures with certain friends in them and it can even book a table at a restaurant using OpenTable for you.
Google clearly wanted to create their very own high-end device to compliment their software while having complete control over the design and how the software is updated. The Nexus line of phones that we have seen from Google in conjunction with various hardware partners since they first launched in 2010 has very much laid the path to today’s announcement with the Pixel range now taking the baton.
The devices are now up for pre-order starting at an eye-watering £599 for the Google Pixel 32GB version and the Google Pixel XL starts at £719 for the 32GB version. If you want more storage, you can have a 128GB version for another £100 on top. No doubt these are expensive but they are premium devices and they certainly head into the iPhone price territory. Are you tempted to pre-order?
Links: Pixel Phone – Google Store