How a Rising Pixel and Sinking Nexus Flagship looks like.
We all been stoked about October 4 as google had been vandalizing pretty much every website and blog about their next innovation or the giant step. So here it is the all new and powerful Google’s latest phones all made in house with no 3rd party affiliation, the Google PIXEL and PIXEL XL. Both Pixel models are powered by the latest processor and run a specialized version of Google’s Android software, which includes support for the Daydream virtual reality platform that was announced at Google I/O on Tue, 4th October 2016.
So, what’s the hype about? Let’s take a deeper look on the specifications of the phone. Both the phone has similar specs besides screen size and battery life. Here’s what the phone packs inside:
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
Storage: 32 or 128GB
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 (MSM8996 pro), Quad Core 2x 2.15GHz / 2x 1.6GHz
Main Camera: Large 1.55μm pixels, Phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus and f/2.0 Aperture
Front Camera: Large 1.4µm pixels, f/2.4 Aperture, Fixed focus
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat, 2 years of OS upgrade from launch, 3 years of security updates from launch
Basically, the Pixel flagship is picking up from where Nexus left off with this pure stock android experience thing and moving on showcasing the optimum latest of what’s good with android. The raised the bar by not working with manufacturers like HTC, LG and HUAWEI to make the phone. Pixel here is the first ever phone made entirely by google inside and out, top to bottom. So what we’re getting is a uni-body aluminium phone with some chamber action all the way around the sides, something we’ve never seen before, satirically blogging. The antenna line goes across the bottom of the back and have the “G” logo at the back panel replacing the “Nexus”, R.I.P Nexus and then you’ve the top half of the back with a glass panel along with the fingerprint reader. So it’s a pretty interesting dual-tone look, dual textured, that might take a while to ease on with the eyes. Also during the vent, there was no mention of wireless charging, so I’m not sure it there are any utility or gadgets that allows wireless charging. Now upfront, there’s a AMOLED display which looks great and on the white version of the phone above the display, you can see there is some cluster of sensors although the black version of the phone hides it better. So most common choice of color this year is gonna be black, I suppose. Besides that, it is really hard to ignore that chin, like it was really necessary to keep the phone in shape, I mean symmetrical, actually Nexus 6 did a better job with that by having a smaller chin because it’s really not necessary. As the home and navigation buttons are on the screen, so I would’ve recommended a sleek and better design eliminating the huge chin but as we know, it’s google. It does what it pleases.As I mentioned before both the phones have same specs besides the screen size and battery, as you can see the Pixel has 5.0 inches FHD AMOLED at 441ppi and 2770 mAh battery, while Pixel XL has 5.5 inches QHD AMOLED at 534ppi display and 3450 mAh battery. This is the fastest phone ever manufactured again, as it has the Snapdragon 821 processor and USB type-C port where the speakers are at the bottom and quick charging claims to get 7 hours of charge in 15 minutes. Oh! and don’t worry, it still has a headphone jack, feels weird it mention this now.
The best and unique feature of PIXEL is the camera, it claims, I emphasize again it claims to be the best on any smartphone by their pre-production dxomark ranking. Pretty much all the manufactures claims this but the camera is promising. It’s a 12 megapixel camera with a really big sensor of 1.55μm pixel. Also, yeah the phones will be launching with android 7.1 Nougat on board, so looks like it will be the 1st and only phone right out the box to get that and there are bunch a new features and a little addition to the 7.0. The main one of those being the Google Assistant, now it not a new feature as you can find that in the messaging app Google Allo and use it there, but now they’ve built it into the OS itself, so it is replacing what was essentially “google now” on tap. So now you can long press the home button and the assistant will be alive, you can ask it about anything, people, place or make or set a schedule or reminders or alarms etc like any assistant would do for you. But yea the assistant learning new things like an AI is anew feature, a major point for Android 7.1 and the rest of the little things that are noticeable is like in the settings, there a small tab for support. Where you have direct links to calling and or video chatting with tech support.
Besides that, google is being really generous by allowing endless cloud storage. Google will allow free unlimited storage for full-resolution images and videos shot with the Pixel. That’s much like the standard Google Photos backup ability, but takes off the size limit and compression, even on 4K video shot with the new phone. So out of 3, my personal choice is the black phone. Pricing starts at $649 for the smaller 5-inch Pixel with 32GB of storage, available for preorder today. That number scales up to $749 with 128GB of on-board storage, $769 for the larger Pixel XL with 32GB, or $869 for the XL with 128GB. Google gives a choice between black or silver for color, with an exclusive “really blue” option with Verizon in the US, though the latter is limited to just 32GB of storage.
I would like to get hands on this tech but I’m not sure of the price I’m willing to pay; however, it is justifiable with the hardware assembled. But still, it is an interesting gadget to add in the collection.
So let me know, what you guys think of the all new PIXEL, this is my 1st Blog so please be gentle and I couldn’t possible would’ve blogged without tech experts like MKBHD and reading tech magazine as “The Verge”.
To get the Pixel impression, click here Pixel Impression by MKBHD. Adios Amigos!