Google Pixel and Pixel XL
Senior Vice President Rick Osterloh took to the stage following Pichai to announce to new mobile devices carrying the Pixel name. He touted the sleek design and powerful functionality before throwing a not-so-subtle jab at Apple when declaring ‘there’s no unsightly camera bump.’
The successors to Google’s Nexus 5X and 6P are both getting rebranded with a new moniker: Pixel. Both phones closely follow rumors ahead of the event touting a Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.15GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and storage options starting at 32GB or 128GB.
The 5-inch Pixel is powered by a 2,770mAh battery, while the larger 5.5-inch XL model features a 3,450mAh battery.
VP of Product Brian Rakowski detailed some of the new features baked into Google Assistant, all of which we’ve seen before. Finding photos from a specific month, detailing events at a local venue and then texting a friend to make plans. He then made a reservation for dinner with Open Table. It worked well, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.
Rakowski then turned his attention to the camera on the pixel devices. According to DxOMark it’s the best camera ever made, with an 89 rating — superior even to Apple’s highly touted iPhone 7 Plus. Both Pixel devices feature a 12-megapixel shooter in the rear and with an f/2.0 aperture and a large 1.55 micron pixel sensor.
To entice you to shoot more, Google is offering free unlimited storage on Google Photos, in original quality. The front-facing shooter gets an upgrade as well, with an 8-megapixel camera.
Both come out of the box with Android Nougat 7.1 and are available in ‘quite’ black, ‘really’ blue, or ‘very’ silver.
The smaller Pixel starts at $649 or $27 a month and pre-orders start today in the US, or October 13 in India.