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    Following the IPhone 7 launch trail, Google has also to launch its two exclusive smartphones, namely Pixel and Pixel XL. The phones will be available in India for pre-order from October 13. Globally, the Pixel phone price is $649 and the Pixel XL is priced at $749. In India, you can expect the Google Pixel to be priced at Rs 57000 and the XL variant of Pixel series to be prized at Rs 65,000.


    Unlike the delayed launch of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus here, Google has considered India among the first six countries where Pixel is being launched. Pixel phones will be available in three prime colours -- black, blue and silver. However, the blue colour is not yet arriving in India but will be available in other markets. Initially, both the Google phones will be offered exclusively at  




    Both the phones from Pixel series are considered as ‘Google’s first phones’. Until now, Google always sold the phones including the very popular Nexus series, in collaboration with other companies like HTC and Samsung. By having complete control over the hardware this time, Pixel series hardware would be in complete synchronization with its software. This will further assist in making the device more  slick and completely stutter-free, just like the arch rival Apple iPhone.


    Let’s have a look at the Technical specifications of the Pixel Phone Series:




    Pixel XL


    5.0 inches

    FHD AMOLED at 441ppi

    2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4

    5.5 inches

    QHD AMOLED at 534ppi

    2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4


    5.6 x 2.7 x 0.2 ~ 0.3 inches

    143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm

    6.0 x 2.9 x 0.2 ~ 0.34 inches

    154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm


    2,770 mAh battery

    Standby time (LTE): up to 19 days

    Talk time (3g/WCDMA): up to 26 hours

    Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 13 hours

    Internet use time (LTE): up to 13 hours

    Video playback: up to 13 hours

    Audio playback (via headset): up to 110 hours

    Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging

    3,450 mAh battery

    Standby time (LTE): up to 23 days

    Talk time (3g/WCDMA): up to 32 hours

    Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 14 hours

    Internet use time (LTE): up to 14 hours

    Video playback: up to 14 hours

    Audio playback (via headset): up to 130 hours

    Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging


    Common in both the devices



    Aerospace-grade aluminum unibody

    Glass shade with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4

    Display Characteristics

    100% NTSC

    100000:1, super contrast ratio

    True black level

    Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors

    Less than 40% brightness decrease at 30 degree viewing angle


    Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 (MSM8996 pro)

    Quad Core 2x 2.15GHz / 2x 1.6GHz


    32 or 128GB



    Main Camera


    Large 1.55μm pixels

    Phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus

    f/2.0 Aperture

    Front Camera


    1.4µm pixels

    f/2.4 Aperture

    Fixed focus


    Proximity / ALS

    Accelerometer / Gyrometer


    Pixel Imprint – Back-mounted fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking


    Hall effect sensor

    Android Sensor Hub

    Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper / defined response

    Ports and Slots

    USB Type-C™

    USB 3.0

    3.5mm headset jack

    Single Nano SIM


    USB Type-C™ 18W adaptor with USB-PD

    18W charging


    Supports up to CAT 12 (600Mbps DL / 75Mbps UL) depending on carrier support


    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO

    Bluetooth 4.2



    Single bottom-firing speaker

    3 Mics

    Noise Suppression

    Device Variants

    Quite Black, Very Silver

    In box

    USB Type-C™ 18W adaptor with USB-PD

    A-C cable (USB 3.0)

    C-C cable (USB 2.0)

    SIM tool

    Quick switch adapter


    Android 7.1 Nougat

    Two years of OS upgrade from launch

    Three years of security updates from launch


    Both Pixel and Pixel XL run the latest Android 7.1 Nougat build which is packed with software features, many of which we’ve already seen aboard 7.0 Nougat on the existing Nexus line-up. However, there are some new capabilities, as well as specific and unique tailored features baked-into the Pixel phones.


    What’s New??


    Google Assistant Enabled



    In my Google Allo review, I had anticipated that “Google Assistant might be integrated with Google home in near future”. So the news is true ;) Assistant will power Google’s Home hub device and will be found in both the Pixel phones.   


    Google Day Dream



    It will be first device in the history to support, Google’s VR platform, Daydream. Google has also announced Daydream View VR headset that is designed to be the most comfortable headset in it’s class.


    The Verdict


    Google spent a handsome amount at its Pixel smartphone event on Tuesday. VP Brian Rakowski going calling it "the best smartphone camera anyone has ever made," with a DxOMark score of 89. The camera lead Isaac Reynolds posted a number of photos taken with the Pixel or Pixel XL. Yet, it was observed that half of them did receive some type of post-processing with either VSCO or Snapseed editing apps. Still, it had offered an impressive selection of photography to showcase Pixel’s adaptability in a number of different lighting and color situations. Those who plan to purchase the iPhone 7 or other smart phones ranging from the price band of 50 - 80 K, you have yet another strong contender to look up to.


    How did you find the article? Will you purchase the Google’s Pixel Android based Smartphone? Please provide your inputs on the comment section below.  


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