It’s a new era for Google with the launch of the new Pixel phones and the end of the highly sought Nexus series. With the launch of the Pixels (Pixel and Pixel XL), Google has entered the premium smartphone segment to stand among the giants like Apple and Samsung with their high-end iPhone 7 and Galaxy smartphones.
The Pixels are the first attempt of Google to control the hardware along with the software and this has proved to be a flagship Google phone. Let us have a look at what makes this phone stand out among the likes of IPhone 7 and Galaxy phones.
Top Features (Pixel and Pixel XL):
|Feature||Google Pixel XL||Google Pixel|
|Display||5.5-inch AMOLED 2560×1440 (534ppi)||5-inch AMOLED 1920×1080 (441ppi)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|OS||Android 7.1 with Google UI||Android 7.1 with Google UI|
|Rear Camera||12.3MP f/2.0||12.3MP f/2.0|
Design and Body
The new flagship phone of Google has a similar appearance as that of the iPhones and is a pleasing phone with a sturdy build and rounded edges. Also it has a combination of glass and metal at the rear panel with 1/3 of the upper part of glass which contains the camera near the top edge and the fingerprint sensor near the end of the glass part.
It comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 coated AMOLED display which is quite good with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and amounts to 534 ppi, making it very sharp. Pixel comes with a 5-inch display while Pixel Xl sports a 5.5-inch display. With such display features it gives a wonderful experience of watching videos and playing games.
Performance (Hardware and Battery)
The phone comes bundled with a Qualcomm Snapdragon quadcore 821 chipset which is compatible with the Daydream VR tech which is just around the corner. It also houses a Adreno 530 graphics processor and a 4GB fast RAM and it comes in two variants of storage: 32 GB and 128 GB. With a solid hardware like this it is very unlikely that the phone fails to deliver a brilliant performance even when using a high-end game or intense browsing. It also contains a 3450mAh Li-ion battery which is more than enough for a normal day’s usage.
The other hardware features include a fingerprint sensor at the back panel, a single nano SIM card tray, support for 4G VoLTE, WI-fi 802.11ac, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC and a range of other regular sensors. It is also IP53 certified which means it is dust resistant but not waterproof as the new iPhone 7.
The Pixel has a Sony 12.3MP back camera with a f/2.0 aperture with a capacity of shooting 4K UHD videos while the front camera is 8MP. The image quality of the photos clicked by this camera is outstanding and it is equipped with the HDR+ mode which renders vibrancy to the pictures. In the places having low light, the Pixel clearly stands out in comparison of iPhone 7 Plus, as it takes clearer pictures. As far as camera is concerned, Pixel is a great choice in this segment.
Though a bit overpriced for a smartphone with these common features, Google has successfully entered into the high-end segment which will prove to be a turning point for the company. Overall, the pixel phones has great features like an amazing camera, excellent performance and user experience, and a good battery life with the only exception of its price which is a bit more on the plus side. But considering the futuristic features the phone provides the phone is an attractive option for the geeky guys out there.