A phone made by Google: the Pixel

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Google announced a new phone today in front of a small crowd in San Francisco. It’s a pivotal time for those in Mountain View as the company has long waited to truly insert itself as a competitor in both hardware and software, but the Pixel is a real device intended for the mainstream.

With the Pixel, the hardware is built for the software and the software is built for the hardware. That probably sounds familiar because it’s the strategy that has allowed Apple to be so successful over the years.

The Pixel is the “best Google experience” since hardware and software design is under one roof.

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Rather than boasting a partnership to create a device, Google is keeping HTC’s involvement in the Pixel behind the curtain. There isn’t a logo from HTC found anywhere on this phone. Instead, you’ll see Google’s ‘G’ logo stamped on the bottom of the rear.

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The Pixel’s body is primarily an aerospace-grade aluminum body, but the top of the back has a glass accent. Both the display and the rear glass is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. Around the entire body are curved edges so the phone lays comfortable in your hands.

It comes in two sizes — 5 and 5.5 inches, the latter of which is labeled as the Pixel XL.

Do these photos look good to you?

Surprisingly, Google emphasized the Pixel’s camera during the launch event. It was actually touted as the world’s quickest camera, and the Pixel scored an 89 in DxOMark Mobile’s testing to put it above any device in history. It’s a 12.3MP camera with f/2.0 aperture 1.55 micron pixels to bring in light.

And now there’s Smartburst, a feature that has your phone take multiple shots and automatically selects the best one.

All Pixel owners gets free unlimited Google Photos storage for photos and videos at full resolution.

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Google Assistant, too, is a vital piece of the Pixel. Now when you hold the Home button, the digital assistant launches and prepares for anything you say. While you still get them, search results are presented in a way that resembles a conversation between you and Google Assistant.

Key specifications

  • 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) AMOLED / 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB / 128GB of internal storage
  • 12.3MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 2770mAh / 3450mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port
  • Android 7.1 Nougat

The Google Pixel is available for pre-order today in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and Australia starting at $649. Color options include Very Silver and Quite Black, but people in the United States get an exclusive Really Blue to choose from.

Source: Google


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • Fandango

    650 eh? Yikes…

    • Justin_Herrick

      It’s the same pricing tier as the iPhone and Galaxy S, which is fine. Google is done playing with low prices and wants to just go fully into the high-end segment.

      • Paladin

        Except it’s not high-end. Lower priced android phones have IOS, some have dual speakers (Moto X anyone?), some are water resistant. They are charging high-end prices without providing high-end hardware. For that price you can get Samsung Galaxy S7 or an iPhone, both with better hardware specs. Hell, a Note 7 costs more than the most expensive iPhone.

  • Paladin

    The android (nexus) fan-boys are sure crying big tears on Android Police blog about the price! LOL Same price as the iphone ($649 and $769) but without dual speakers, water-resistance, NO IOS on the cameras, and half the storage. Most don’t understand that just because Verizon is the only carrier to sell it in the store, Verizon will not be able to Lock it down, You can use the Verizon Pixel on any carrier, and Verizon can’t delay the updates. That will come directly from Google, and just like the iphones Verizon sells, the updates will come directly from the manufacturer.

  • ZBlade

    One thing I don’t get… Google Assistant is one of the biggest selling point to the Pixel phones but don’t you get Google Assistant in Allo? Unless there is a difference between Allo assistant and Pixel assistant.