Google today has launched the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at an event in San Francisco. The smartphones will be launching in India after 13 October 2016 and pre-orders will begin on 13th, available from Chroma, Reliance Digital Stores and Flipkart.
The Google Pixel price is expected to start from Rs. 57,000 in India which seems to be exorbitant, considering the Nexus line of devices was affordable, yet flagship performance devices.
Google Event – The Google event started with Sundar Pichai taking the centre stage and taking about the developments about Artificial Intelligence and how AI can be the Next Big Thing in coming years. With examples of Google Assist (an improved version of Google Now) can make a lot of difference to How we currently use smartphones. It is going to be more interactive and more contextually aware.
The event though was attended by huge number of media and tech enthusiasts looked bland with poor selection of venue by Google with mediocre looking ambiance. ohh they need some serious lessons from the Cupertino giant about how to hype up things.
Pixel and Pixel XL
How Google Smartphones have evolved – Coming to the Pixel smartphones, apart from the sky high price the smartphones look impressive and a step forward for Google. These are first non Nexus smartphones which Google calls “ Phone By Google”. Emphasising on the point that these are smartphones made by Google, however HTC is said to be the manufacturing partner.
But unlike the old Google Nexus smartphones which dawned a manufacturer logo like Huawei or LG, these Pixel smartphones have just a “G”, nothing else, no sign of HTC.
The Software – What is most impressive about the Google Pixel smartphones is the software, I am not too intrigues about the design but the advancement in Software, the new Google launcher , changed user interface and most fascinating is the Google assist.
Google assistant is the answer to Apple’s Siri or Window’s Cortana with Google’s advanced artificial algorithms it can help you do alot of things like book a hotel, play music , send a message by sms or even by Whats app. Definitely impressive.
Google is also offering unlimited storage for all your photos and videos on cloud at highest quality, so you never run out of storage space.
Google = Apple – The Google Pixel are the first smartphone to launch with Google assist and they come with more smooth hardware and software integration. But when we talk of flawless hardware and software integration the name “Apple” rings a bell. While Apple has been doing it effectively for years, it is time Google followed in the footsteps.
Google has always been great at software but they needed a more seamlessly made hardware to work and showcase the best of Google and to truly compete with Apple – the answer is pixel.
Working with other corporations is tough very tough. In a venture like Google handling software and another manufacturer providing hardware and meeting deadly launch deadlines is a formidable task.
But now Google has set the ball rolling and from a pure software company they want to be a hardware company too, like Apple.
The pricing is also becoming more close to Apple. (at least for India).
Pixel & Pixel XL Hardware – Even to my painstakingly half open eyes the Pixel smartphone looks a lot like the iPhone 7, specially from the front and sides. The back side of the smartphone has a weird glass upper one-third part and bottom two-third is metallic and has a dual tone color finish. The Pixel and Pixel XL will come in three different colors – black, silver and the Blue (it is really blue, I mean really really blue).
Fantastic Camera – The most notable feature of the Google Pixel smartphone is probably the camera which Google claim is to be the best camera you can have currently, even better than the Samsung S7 edge and iPhone 7. Google also shared the DXO mark score (8.9) which puts the camera above the Samsung S7 edge (8.8).
We would like to do a lot more real life testing before concluding that it is actually better or close the Samsung S7 edge camera.
There is a 12.3 Mega Pixel Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, a large f/2.0 aperture camera at the back which comes with Optical image stabilisation. The smartphone also comes with a 8 MP front selfie camera with with a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.4 aperture to click clear selfies.
Google also shared that they have optimised the camera app to work much faster compared to any other smartphone.
Performance – Both the smartphones comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.15 GHz and it is the best processor you can have in any android smartphone. There is 4 GB of ram to ensure smooth experience. The devices will be shipped with the Android Nougat OS 7.1 to offer best software experience.
As far as hardware goes both smartphones are identical apart from having differences in battery Size, screen size and resolution.
The Pixel comes with 5.0 inch display with Super Amoled panel and Full HD resolution, while the Pixel XL comes with 5.5 inch display and Quad HD (2560*1440) pixels resolution. There is 2.5D curve glass on top of the screen and it is protected by Gorilla Glass 4.
The smartphones come with USB Type C port at the bottom and also have a rare 3.5 mm jack. The Pixel comes with 2770 mAH battery capacity while the Pixel XL has a 3450 mAH battery capacity with fast charging support.
Pricing and Availability – The smartphone will be available for pre-orders starting Tuesday in Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, and the US. It has been priced at $649 (approximately Rs. 43,000) for the 32 GB variant while the 128 GB is priced at USD 749 (Rs. 50200). The cost for Pixel XL is $769 (Approx Rs. 51,200) for the 32 GB variant while the 128 GB variant can cost Rs 58,000 or $ 869.
These are the prices for US the India price is said to be Rs. 57,000 for the 32 GB Google pixel, which looks astronomical. While price for Pixel XL and 128 GB variant for India is yet not known. The Blue variant (the really blue variant) is limited edition and thankfully not expected to launch in India.
— Google (@google) October 4, 2016
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