Google's new Pixel phones are flagship android smartphones made by Google

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The day has arrived and Google has just announced the first two smartphones that come with the Google branding and these new 'Pixel' phones will be replacing the existing Nexus lineup. The hardware itself is built by HTC but Google is branding it as a phone my by themselves and the most notable thing about the new Pixel and Pixel XL is that Google says these new smartphones are built from the ground up to support Virtual reality.

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The new Pixel phones from Google might not be the first to run on Android 7.0 Nougat (LG's V20 claims that title) but it is the first to come with the Google assistant software which is a spruced up version of Google Now made to compete with other virtual assistants like Siri and Cortana. Google says that the Google Assistant on Pixel and Pixel XL is deeply integrated with the software on these phones .

Google Pixel Key Specifications

— 5-inch 1080P AMOLED display
— Snapdragon 821 SoC
— 4GB RAM
— 32/128GB memory
— 12MP f2.0 rear camera
— 8MP f2.0 front camera
— 2,770mAh battery w/QC3.0
— Android 7.1 Nougat
— 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm
— 143g
— Quite Black, Really Blue, Very Silver

Google Pixel XL Key Specifications

— 5.5-inch 1440P AMOLED display
— Snapdragon 821 SoC
— 4GB RAM
— 32/128GB memory
— 12MP f2.0 rear camera
— 8MP f2.0 front camera
— 3,450mAh battery w/QC3.0
— Android 7.1 Nougat
— 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm
— 168g
— Quite Black, Really Blue, Very Silver
Beyond the hardware specifications, the new Google Pixel phones have a premium take on design. The phones themselves are constructed out of aluminium but the twist is that the top half of the back is glass which presumably helps in cellular connections and is also the place of the Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor.

Speaking of the back, Google says they have engineered the best camera experience ever on a mobile camera with the 12.3MP f2.0 camera on both the Pixel and Pixel XL, the camera does however lack optical image stabilization. According to DxO, the cameras on these new Google Pixel phones are the best they have ever tested and that is due to its large 1.55 micron pixel size and large aperture.

In addition to that, Google has tuned the software to make the photo taking experience the fastest one of any mobile camera out there. And to top things off, Google will be giving all Pixel and Pixel XL users unlimited Google Photos storage at original resolution. This means that 4K videos shot on the Pixel phones will be uploaded to Google Photos in it's original size and the same goes to photos, they will not be down-sampled.

What does all of this mean, well for starters, the new Google Pixel phones are being priced like a flagship phone. The 32GB Google Pixel starts at US$ 649 (~MYR 2,700) which is identical to the iPhone 7 price and goes up all the way to US$ 869 (~MYR 3,600) for the 128GB Pixel XL. The Google Pixel phones are available for pre-order beginning today in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Australia.

In addition to that, both Pixel phones will come with Google's 24/7 tech support courtesy of Care by Google, it will also support Google's Live cases and their Fi network. And in case you were wondering, both the Pixel and Pixel XL comes with USB-C ports that support fast charging and also a 3.5mm headphone jack. Learn more about the new Google Pixel phones here.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: GOOGLE

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