Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL Review: Specifications, Features and Price in India
At an event in San Francisco Google launched two new smartphones Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Google first time made a smartphone with the decent-looking design. Google took a more time to create these phones than the previous generation of Nexus devices, making some changes in hardware section as well as design section. They have used some quality display screen and without any camera bump on the back.
In terms of manufacturing design, there’s not much special about the new Pixel phones, but that just on the outside. Some may find design identical to the iPhone at first glance, but like most Android phones the Pixel, XL has maintained screen-to-body ratio which is much better than the iPhone 7 Plus, which is not convenient to hold, despite having huge display size.
Here is the Quick Look at Overall Specifications of Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel Spec
Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
Display: AMOLED 5-inch screen,1920 x 1080 pixels with 441PPI
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.1GHz
GPU: Adreno 530
Storage: 32GB or 128GB
Rear Camera: 12MP, f/2.0, Dual-tone LED FLASH
Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.4
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
USB: 3.0, Type-C
Battery: Li-Ion 2770mAh with Quick Charge
Colours: Silver, Black
Google Pixel XL Spec
- Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm
- Weight: 168g
- Display: AMOLED 5.5inch screen, 2560 x 1440 pixels with 534PPI
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.1GHz
- GPU: Adreno 530
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 32GB or 128GB
- Rear Camera: 12MP, f/2.0, Dual-tone LED FLASH
- Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.4
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
- Battery: Li-Ion 3450mAh with Quick Charge
- Colours: Silver, Black
Let’s Now Have a Closer Look at Design, Hardware, and Software of the Google’s New Offering:
Google Pixel and Pixel xl Display and Design
The two new smartphone from Google share the same design and internal hardware on Pixel and Pixel XL. The aluminum chassis got a sandblasted finish with rounded corners fits into the palm. On the back is a distinctive design with half-glass covering the top from camera till fingerprint.
Some would prefer whole aluminum on the back for more aesthetic and durability reasons, but the partial glass back makes the Pixel stand out from other phones. The fingerprint sensor is within the glass region and is very easy to locate.
While the rear camera has a dual-color LED flash with laser autofocus module, and a noise canceling microphone all are placed in the top-left corner which quite identical to the iPhone.
The edges of the phone have got a rounded back, eliminating some pressure point. The front is chamfered similar to what we have seen on HTC 10. The sides of the two smartphones sit flat, makes it easier to hold the Pixel better than an iPhone.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL Camera
The rear camera on both phones is of 12 megapixel which includes 1080p@30fps, 1080p@60fp with 4K video recording, along with 120fps slow-motion video at 1080p and 240fps at 720p. The phone doesn’t have OIS rather have an Electronic image stabilization (EIS) for video recording which was one of the highlighted features mentioned at Google Event. The front camera is 8MP which is decent for taking selfies and video calling.
Google Pixel and Pixel Xl CPU & Storage
The inside of these two devices has a Quad-Core QualComm Snapdragon 821 processor for a really great user experience. The phone runs on the latest Android Operating System which is Android Nougat (7.1) with Pixel Launcher on top of it.
Both devices have got a humongous 4GB of RAM which more than enough to run all the applications without any lag whatsoever. The internal storage on both devices comes in two variants one variant is of 32GB, and the other variant is of 128GB. However, Google still didn’t include a Micro SDCard for expandable storage which we can observe from the previous generation Nexus devices.
So, for some users, storage might be a huge deal this time around. However, Google has provided unlimited storage for Photos and videos which can be kept safe in the cloud and removed from the phone safely to save some storage space.
Google Pixel Colors
There seems to be plenty of hype going around with the Blue color on a smartphone these days. Both phones have three colors one is Quite Black and the second is Very Silver if you like white bezels for some reason and then there is Very Blue color for those who like blue colored phones. Although Google has not made the Really Blue variant available in India, so most of you will get Very Silver or Quite Black variants.
More from Google Pixel and Pixel Xl Event
At the event, Google’s prime focus was into Google Assistant, which is Google’s first steps towards a personal Artificial Intelligence for you and your home. The Google Assistant powers Google’s Home hub device which is a serious competitor to Amazon’s Alexa coming later this year, but the Google Assistant is also integrated on both Pixel phones.
The user just has to say familiar words which are “OK, Google” to wake up Assistant who will be ready for you command, whether playing music, looking forecast, reading emails or search some trending news.
Check More About Google Pixels SmartPhones Pre-orders, price
The Pixel line-up is an evolution from the Nexus, a device where Google controls the software experience over the hardware. If you’re looking for a phone built from the ground up with Google’s environment and engineers, this is the phone you need.
On the other hand, the specs are over the top and the design is decent but the high prices on the devices are a disappointment, as Nexus devices have always been at the most affordable end of the range.
Google has over-priced both the phones in India with starting price of Rs.57,000 for the 32GB Pixel variant and Rs.66,000 for 128GB variant. While the Pixel XL starts from Rs.67,000 to Rs.76,000 for the 32GB and 128GB models, respectively.
You can pre-order the phone in India starting from October 13 and will be available on online shopping websites like Flipkart, Chroma, Reliance Digital and a few other retailers as well.