Meet ‘Pixel’ & ‘Pixel XL’ By Google! , iPhone Competitor
A range of new products was unveiled by Google at San Francisco’s event, but what caught the attention of all was its all new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Yes, after a series of leaks and rumors, Google has officially announced it.
Pixel is the 1st flagship of Google, which isn’t under the ‘Nexus Brand’. Both the phones have many similar characteristics, although not all are the same. Since Pixel doesn’t have a custom UI, it is a very pure version of Android and soon, updates might be rolled out.
Google has revealed two new phones that will offer an alternative to Apple’s popular iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The Pixel phones are the latest to run Android Nougat (version 7.1), the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
The Pixel has a 5-inch full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display and a larger phone, the Pixel XL, has a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) screen.
Screen and battery capacity differences aside (Pixel has a 2,770 mAh battery and the Pixel XL has a 3,450 mAh battery), the two phones are identical.
They’re both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM and come with 32GB or 128GB of internal storage (there’s no microSD card slot for expansion).
Both phones have a 12.3-megapixel f/2.0 aperture camera on the back with optical image stabilization and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on the front. The camera also stabilizes video by default thanks to optical image stabilization.
Google says the cameras have zero shutter lag and scored an 89, the highest DxO camera rating for any smartphone camera.
A new feature called Smartburst captures multiple photos and selects the best one with the phones’ powerful AI software:
Fingerprint scanners are located on the backside and a USB Type-C port on the bottom.
Software, of course, is the heart of the the Pixel phones. The Pixels are the first phones to come with Google Assistant. Users can simply speak to their phones to perform various activities like:
The phones also support quick charging; 15 minutes of charging adds up to 7 hours of battery life.
Additionally, the phones come pre-installed with Allo, the company’s smart messaging app, and Google Duo, its video calling app.
Like Nexus phones, the Pixels will be the first Google phones to get software updates. Google’s making updating even easier with automatic updates that download and install in the background; when the phones are rebooted, the update is automatically applied.
To make switching from another phone easier, Google’s also including a transferring device.
If you regularly use Google Photos, then there is good news for you; a backup of the images can be taken without paying a single rupee. Yes, these phones are going to offer unlimited backups of videos and photos of high resolution. By this we mean that even those 4K videos, which consume too much space. Moreover, it even offers ‘Smart Storage’, which means that if the phone realizes that there is shortage of space, it would pick up the files and shift it to Cloud.
Related Links: The Google Phone – Verge.com
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