After a long period of silence on the topic by Google giving heat to the internet for a constant churning of the rumor mill the Pixel and the Pixel XL smartphones have finally been officially declared as Google’s next offering into the market. After working with LG and Motorola on the Nexus phone series the company has partnered with HTC to develop the phones. Regardless of HTC being its official manufacturing partner the company claims full control over the creative process that was involved in designing and developing the phone stamping it with the “phone by Google” branding in the recent live release that aired all over the internet. The phone will have a special version of the Android OS and at the center will be powered by a mighty Snapdragon 821 processor that allows for seamless process execution and enable high end VR applications to run without a hiccup.
The Design Element
The phone is launched as a competitor to Apple and Samsung flagship smartphones and aims to compete with both of them not only in terms of branding, processing power and exclusive applications but also on the basis of a beautiful design (something that hasn’t been a priority for Google in the past). The phones will be made of aluminium and will feature a glass window covering the set of elements that make it up. There are two versions of the phone primarily identified on the sizes of their display – the Pixel has a 5″ display while the Pixel XL has 5.5″ display. The screen is an AMOLED display with a 2.5D curve and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. The color choices for the phone range from a silver and black to a “really blue”. The last color choice is an exclusive offering limited to Verizon users based in the US.
The Standard Edge
The device has a USB type C port with the standard 3.5 mm Audio jack, Bluetooth 4.2 and a 4GB RAM. The storage as a standard comes in 32 GB and can be scaled upto 128 GB for both the Pixel and the Pixel XL. The smaller phone has a 2770 mAh battery while the larger one will have a 3450 mAh battery. The phone will also feature a fingerprint scanner that is named the ‘Pixel Imprint’.
The phone will be the first device to feature support for the Daydream VR. The $79 virtual reality headset will be accompanied by a motion controller that can be latched into the headset when not being used. Buyers of the phone will have access to perks like free lifetime cloud storage for full resolution photos and videos they capture with the phone and 24/7 phone support.