Google Announces New Smartphone, Pixel

Google Announces New Smartphone, PixelGoogle just announced its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. These two phones, likely released with the intent to challenge Apple (they even released a guide for switching from iPhones to Pixels), are distinguished primarily by their resolutions; the Pixel has a 5 inch 1080p display, while the Pixel XL has a 5.5 inch Quad HD panel. Both models are powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor, and both run a specialized version of Google’s Android software. The latter includes support for the Daydream VR platform.

Here are some of the highlighted features of Google Pixel.

Google Assistant is comparable to Apple’s Siri. It can help perform Google searches, make reservations and set reminders, play music, find photos, and manage travel. To activate it, the user holds the home button or says a “hot word”.

Pixel and Pixel XL’s Camera received a score of 89 in DxOMark Mobile, the highest rating for any smartphone camera, ever. The camera has a 12.3-megapixel resolution, large 1.55 micron pixels, and f/2.0 Aperture. Google claims that this new camera has “the shortest capture time on any mobile camera ever” and allows the user to take “brilliant photos in… any light”.

Unlimited Storage is another feature offered on Pixel phones. Using the cloud, Google will allow for free, unlimited storage for full-resolution images and videos. This includes even 4K videos.

Pixel promises to offer unprecedented connectivity between users. Along with 24-hour live phone support, Pixel comes with Google Dual preinstalled, which allows for video calls with friends and family. It also has a long-lasting battery that can get 7 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging.

Pixel uniquely supports mobile virtual reality. It is the first Daydream-compatable phone, and a user can buy the $79 Daydream View headset to take advantage of the phone’s features. This headset comes with an extremely precise motion controller that one can reportedly draw with.

Regarding hardware, Pixels have an aluminum body and a glass screen. Both have AMOLED displays, 4 GB of RAM, a USB-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, and a headphone jack.

Regarding accessories, Google is selling Live Cases whose designs can be user-customized or chosen from a list of preexisting designs by Google. Customers can also choose between black or silver for color, or “really blue” for Verizon users in the US.

Pricing for the Pixel starts at $649 for the 5-inch Pixel with 32 GB of storage, and goes up to $869 for a Pixel XL wit 128 GB.