Finally, one of the most anticipated phone(s) of the year is out and about in the market. Google’s latest Pixel smartphones have been released. Here’s what you need to know about the new member of Google’s Android Family.
- From Huawei to HTC
Around January 2016, a few months after the Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X were introduced in the market, speculations started spreading stating that HTC might be manufacturing two new Nexus phones for Google.
Take note that HTC is not a new name in the phone manufacturing industry. In the past, they made Nexus One (January 2010) and Nexus 9 tablet (November 2014). However, HTC was not Google’s first choice to manufacture the 2016 Nexus phones. Google had previously offered this opportunity to Huawei who simply refused.
Why may you ask? Formerly, Google had partnered with Huawei and assured Huawei that Nexus 6P would be sold by all major carriers in the US. Huawei was looking forward to it, as they saw this as a chance to spread their name in the Smartphone market.
But, Google and the carriers could not reach an agreement much to the disappointment of Huawei. Thus, when Google asked Huawei if it would like to manufacture the 2016’s Nexus phones without any of the Huawei name and logo brandings on the phone, Huawei declined the offer.
This was where HTC came in.
- The Death of Nexus
Soon after the speculations that HTC is the new manufacturer for 2016 Nexus phones, two new device names came up; Nexus Sailfish the smaller 5-inch device whereas the larger 5.5-inch device was named as Marlin.
However, at the beginning of September, reports suggested that the Nexus lineup is being replaced with the Pixel brand name. Thus, now the Google phones will be named Pixel and Pixel XL officially killing the Nexus.
These aren’t the first pixel devices by Google by Google. Last year, the company released the Pixel C tablet and a Pixel Chromebook before that.
- Performance and Design
Pixel and Pixel XL both have the same quality, internals, camera, and design. However, they both differ in their display and battery size. The smaller Pixel features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p, FHD) which results in around 441ppi. It also comes with a smaller 2,770mAh battery. The XL, on the other hand, uses a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1440 (2k, QHD) which results in around 534ppi. In terms of battery, it packs a larger 3,450mAh battery.
Other than that, both are said to have the rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, storage options of 32 GB or 128 GB, a fingerprint scanner, USB-C port and the latest version of Android, 7.1.
For both the Pixel and Pixel XL, you have 3 clean color options to choose from. Those 3 are:
- Very Silver
- Quite Black
- Really Blue
As already stated, there are two different battery sizes; 2,770mAh and 3,450mAh battery. Battery timings and benchmarks are still unavailable at this time, but Google claims that if your phone’s battery is low, then the fast charging quality of these phones will give you 7 hours of a boost in just 15 minutes of charging (May vary depending upon usage).
The camera on the Pixel phones is worth mentioning. It comes with a 12.3MP resolution with 1.55-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. The massive pixels and aperture aids in getting better low light shots.
The camera has received the highest rating, a ranking of 89 in DxOMark. The new camera also has shortest capture time on any mobile camera ever. But, the drawback of this camera is its unavailability of the feature: optical image stabilization (OIS).
Such great phones do not come cheap. The Pixel phones’ pricing starts at $650 for 32GB storage. For the 128GB variant of the Pixel, $750 and for the Pixel XL, you’ll get the 32GB variant for $769 and the 128GB one for $869.
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