Google has officially unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL at its event in San Francisco today. This marks the first smartphones released with Google Assistant which was unveiled at Google I/O 2016 and then released alongside the new messaging app, Allo. Now Google Assistant is built-in system-wide and can be accessed by holding down on the home button.
DXOMark rated the Pixel at 89 which is the highest rating ever for a smartphone with a 12.3 MP camera. Google will be providing free unlimited photos and videos at full resolution for Pixel owners whereas currently there is a limit if you upload images and videos at full resolution with other devices.
As for what is under the hood, the Pixel features a 5-inch AMOLED display and the Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. The rest of the specs are identical other than the battery size and are as follows:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB/128GB Storage
- 12.3MP rear-facing camera
- Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor
- 2,770mAh or 3,450mAh
- USB Type-C
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth 4.2
The Pixel will also include a 2,770mAh battery with Quick Charge capabilities. 7 hours in 15 minutes Google claims that users will be able to get 7 hours of usage after charging the device for just 15 minutes. The Pixel XL will include a 3,450mAh battery which is a bit larger than the Nexus 6P which was released last year, and will also include Quick Charge capabilities.
Additionally, Google understands how much of a pain it can be to get reliable customer support, so the company has officially integrated support directly into the device. The support section will provide 24/7 live customer care and even includes a screen-share option in case the support staff needs to see what’s going on.
As for availability, the Pixel and Pixel XL will both be a Verizon-exclusive for carriers in the US, but will also be available for purchase from the Google Store. The Pixel will be priced at $649 for the 32GB version and $750 for the 128GB variant with the Pixel XL being priced at $770 for the 32GB version and $870 for the 128GB variant.