The wait is over: Google officially launched the first smartphone with “Pixel” brand. Just as anticipated by rumors circulated in recent months, the new Google Pixels and Pixels XL is manufactured by HTC but – unlike the Nexus smartphone – the only logo imprinted on their body will be the “G” of Google at the back as these models will be sold and marketed only from Mountain View to show the best of Android. They are also the first terminals equipped with Google Assistant and – for those who will buy one – the unlimited space in Google Drive to store photos and videos at very high resolution directly from your smartphone.
Let’s start from the most important information, ie price and availability: Pixel Pixel XL and will initially be available in some markets and among them the American, German and UK. Italy has not been mentioned, so I probably will not be found in the first round but thanks to European markets, we can get an idea of how much you will have to shell out for each model when it is launched in our country. With reference to Germany: Pixel 32GB will cost € 759, while the 128GB will touch 869 euro, while Pixel XL 32GB will be priced at € 899 and 128GB will rise to almost 1010 €. Probably for us the prices will be higher than a few tens of euro. The available colors are: silver, black and blue, but only in limited edition.
In Google Store will also space the Live Case, new custom cover with images from Google Earth and Maps, and created by world-renowned artists, with the ability to also set an animated wallpaper on your smartphone based on the theme of the cover.
Google Pixel Pixel XL and will be equipped with Android 7.1 operating system Nougat, a new Pixel launcher and app. E ‘can activate the Google Assistant by holding down the Home button or saying a “Hotword” (just as you do for “OK Google”) and the assistant will come into action. Do not miss the new app Duo for video, continuous updates and immediate for the operating system and to ensure the safety of their data, as well as ongoing support that includes chat and call 24 hours on 24 and 7 days out of 7 Google Support with the possibility to share your screen.
The technical specifications have been confirmed: Pixel has a 5-inch AMOLED display Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Gorilla Glass 4 2.5D with 2770 mAh battery, while Pixel XL 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) AMOLED Gorilla Glass 4 2.5D with 3450 mAh battery, but the rest of the data sheet is pretty much in common. In a unibody aluminum frame and glass, IP53 certified (water and dust), the two terminals integrate a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM LPDDR4, 32GB and 128GB ROM. Connectivity uses a Type-C USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11ac and a fingerprint sensor Pixel Imprint. Autonomy should hold out for a whole day, but thanks to rapid charging it just takes 15 minutes to 7 hours of operation.
Google Pixel XL
The last note is for the photographic industry which – according to Google – is composed of the best cameras in circulation for smartphones. On the back, we find a 12.3-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX378) with LED flash, f / 2.0 and 1:55 micron pixels, OIS and tuning laser focus. The front camera is 8 MP. Below is a detailed chart of all the technical features of Pixel and Pixel XL, even in comparison with Nexus 5X and nexux 6P.
Pixels Pixels XL Google Google Google Nexus Google Nexus 5X 6P
Display 5.0 “FHD AMOLED 2.5D at 441ppi Corning Gorilla Glass 4> 75% Active Area 5.5” QHD AMOLED at 534ppi 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4> 75% Active Area 5.2 “FHD 424 ppi IPS Gorilla Glass 3 5.7” QHD 515 ppi AMOLED Gorilla Glass 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 821; MSM8996 Pro Quad Core 2 + 2 Kryo 2.15GHz / 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 2 + 4 Cortex-A57 Cortex-A53 2 GHz / 1.44 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 4 Cortex-A57 + 4 Cortex-A53 2 GHz / 1.55 GHz
Adreno 530 GPU Adreno 418 Adreno 430
Memory 2GB 4GB LPDDR4 LPDDR3 3GB LPDDR4
Storage 32-128GB 16-32GB 32-64-128GB
master bedroom 12.3MP IMX378 1.55μm PDAF + LDAF f / 2.0 aperture, OIS 12.3 MP, 2160p Dual-LED, f / 2.0, AF
front facing camera 8MP IMX179 1.4μm aperture f / 2.4 5MP 1080p f / 2.0 8MP 1080p f / 2.4, AF
USB Type-C USB 3.0, 3.5mm jack USB Type-C USB 2.0, 3.5mm jack
Networking LTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
2770 mAh battery with 3450 mAh with fast charge fast charge fast charge with 2700 mAh 3450 mAh with fast charge
Dimensions 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm 154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm 72.6 × 147.0 × 77.8 × 159.4 × 7.90 mm 7.30 mm
Weight 143 gr 168 gr 136 gr 178 gr