Under new brand, Google brings out his two next Android smartphones to pixels and pixels XL. They are something like Google’s challenge to the iPhone – with high end hardware, top camera and built-in Google Wizard at premium prices.
The nexus is dead, long live the pixel. Google builds to its Smartphone range and pixels and pixel XL more opts for the traction of your name. It includes a new interface and an integrated and clear Google Advanced Wizard and the allegedly best cinematography in the smartphone segment.
The presentation largely confirmed the data leaked before the event to the hardware: the pixel is in two versions there, even with 5-inch display and full HD resolution and pixel XL 5.5-inch screen with a 2560 × 1440 pixels. Both use AMOLED technology as already the nexus 6 and 6 p. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 with four cores, which is about to deliver 10 percent more performance than its predecessor 820 inside the housing. 4 GB are memory available to him.
Available in 32 or equal to 128 GB internal flash memory, but to expand it no way via SD card. Instead there should be unlimited storage for photos and videos on Google photos – so far, Google gave the only for shots with reduced resolution and stronger compression.
The cameras are the same for both devices: 8 Megapixel, there at the front, 12.3 megapixel with dual-Flash on the back. According to Google, the rear-view camera will be the best Smartphone camera. 1.55 µm large pixels, it should allow plenty of light and offer a very short tripping time. It’s to numerous software features such as the permanently active HDR +-function provide better images. Also an image stabilization is on board. Google leads a DxOMark 89 as evidence of the qualities, the best ever result for a Smartphone camera.
Transmitted is 11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 and LTE Mobile. The latter supports also carrier aggregation and can receive data at up to 450 Mbps. A 3.5 mm headphone jack is still present. Overall it is situated up with high-end competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, with prices starting at 760 euro but also loosely in the same price range.
An unusual sight is the back existing half glass and a half of Matt aluminum. There is also a fingerprint scanner. The devices via a USB-C socket (with USB 3.0 speed) are loaded. The battery in the small pixel contains 2770 mAh which XL 3450 mAh in the pixel and thus much larger as the two previous 5 X and 6 p. Thanks to quick charging technology the device stay up to 7 hours on battery power after 15 minutes at the mains supply.
Although the two devices are probably built by HTC, but the hardware partner puts even more than with the nexus devices in the background. Instead, it says “made by Google”. The presentation coincided with not a Word to the actual manufacturer and also on the Smartphone itself there are no instructions. Only the “G” from the Google logo adorns the back. The devices are part of Google’s new hardware Division, which is headed by the former Motorola President Rick Osterloh.
Built-in Google Assistant
The new pixel Launcher differs from the previous Google Launcher, gets some new icons and a new app drawer. The now built-in Assistant of Google better contextual information can deliver, replacing Google now is important. As mentioned above in the chat app Allo he understands natural language and draws on information already collected.
Extent to which the system uses actually own hardware, as it implied Google during the presentation, remains to be seen. So far are the two pixels but the only Smartphone with built-in Google Wizard. Including running Android 7.1, which is published together with the pixel-phones. For the first time, here also the system updates in the background on a second partition come to the course.
Up to 1000 euro and 24-hour support
A support function is integrated into the system. Google care should be accessible from anywhere round the clock. In addition, there are to share the opportunity, so this can help directly to the screen with the service. A function similar to Amazon for his failed fire phone already had offered. A supplied quick switch adapter to connect aims to facilitate the exchange of other smartphones such as the iPhone.
Google offers own covers for the devices, which can make the customer in the order itself. Due to the printing of the “live case” there is a background image for the device. In Germany, you could not previously order the cases – whether that changes the pixel is still unclear.
The price for the small pixel with 32 GB starts due 760 euros, for the pixels will be XL 1010 euro with 128 GB memory. The unit in silver, black, and some providers in a blue variant is available. Delivered are the two pixel Smartphones from October 20. As of today, they are already conceivable in Germany. Apart from the Google store, the devices also are sold T-Mobile.