Google has made a big deal about the launch of their 2 new phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. They have gone as far as saying people will be talking about this for years. In reality, I am not too sure about that, the only interesting thing so far seems to be that it is completely developed by Google (though technically built by HTC), which I doubt the average consumer really cares about.

Anyway, they are finally released, and the details are as follows:

  • Differentiated primarily by the size and resolution of their screens — 5-inch 1080p display on the Pixel and 5.5-inch Quad HD panel on the XL
  • Both displays are AMOLED
  • Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 3-megapixel resolution with large 1.55-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. Google claims that its new camera has “the shortest capture time on any mobile camera ever.”
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Battery sizes are also different, for obvious reasons. Pixel XL has a 3,450mAh battery and the Pixel has a 2,770mAh battery.
  • Fast charging, 15 mins of charge will give 7 hours usage.
  • A choice of 32GB or 128GB of storage
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Thankfully we have a 3.5mm headphone jack

That’s the hardware side of things. Unfortunately, there is no word of waterproofing, which I find quite disappointing considering both Apple and Samsung are doing it, and Sony has done it for a while. My Nexus 6P got water damaged earlier in the year, and I am still bitter about it.

The software and services is an area that Google is keen to focus on. The phones run a specialised version of Google’s Android software, which includes support for the Daydream virtual reality platform that was announced at Google I/O in the summer.

Google Assistant is built in, which is basically Alexa for Google, and is the basis for the new Google Home

Unlimited full resolution storage for images and videos shot with the Pixel. This is a nice feature, especially with the size of a 12-megapixel photo.

Pricing starts at £599 for the smaller 5-inch Pixel with 32GB of storage, available for preorder today. That number scales up to £699 with 128GB of onboard storage, £719 for the larger Pixel XL with 32GB, or £819 for the XL with 128GB.

So it appears Google are no longer subsidising their phones like with the Nexus range!

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