Google Pixel and Pixel XL Launch: An answer to the iPhones?

The Nexus lineup finally makes its exit as Google unveils it’s Pixel Line up. Unlike the Nexus lineup,  it appears that the Pixel line up is built specifically for the premium users to offer a premium experience right from the build quality to the minor OS optimizations. Google has taken a lead from Apple’s book to price (ahem! overprice ahem!) it’s new Pixel line. In the event, Google unveiled two Pixel handsets, the Pixel and the Pixel XL which will cater to both people who like compact phones as well as people who want a phablet-like experience.

Pixel vs Pixel XL: The differences

The Google Pixel is a 5-inch handset that has a resolution of 1920x1080px pushing out approximately 441ppi. While the resolution is pretty common today, the display is glorified by a Super AMOLED panel to make it stand out. The Google Pixel XL, on the other hand, has a larger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display which has a Quad HD resolution and pushed out around 534ppi.

The battery capacity on the Google Pixel is around 2,770 mAh while the Pixel XL has a larger battery at 3,450 mAh, which makes sense, since it’s big and houses a comparatively power hungry QHD display as well.

features of the pixel XL

The Similarities

To begin with, both the handsets share a common design language and look extremely similar. The processor powering both the handsets is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 which has 4x custom Kryo cores. It is worth pointing out that this is a minor revision over the Snapdragon 820 and may not bring a huge performance boost as you might expect. The handsets are equipped with 4GB RAM and feature 32GB as the base model while a 128GB offering is also available.

In addition, users also get unlimited Google Photos access at full resolution which will be of great use to people who buy the 32GB base variant.

The rear camera is a Nexus 5P style 12 megapixel unit with a pixel size of 1.55 µm pixels size and a wide f/2.0 aperture. The camera uses Electronic Image Stabilization and did look impressive on stage, there is nothing quite like jitter free experience, a true 3 axis Optical image stabilization can provide.

In spite of being made by HTC, the Pixel lineup carries the logo of Google and is armoured with Google services. Right from Google cloud services to Google A.I., it’s all Google.

To put it simply, The Pixel line up is a reimagined Nexus lineup, except that they threw the imagination out of the window when it came to the pricing.

features of the pixel XL

The base model for the Google Pixel starts at around $649 and will be available to a lot of retailers and carriers. The pricing for UK are £599/£699 for the 32GB/128GB version of the Pixel and £719/£819 for the 32GB/128GB variants of the Pixel XL.

Google has already launched the pre-orders in the Australia, Canada, UK, US and Germany. Preorders for India will start on October 13 while the actual sale will begin a week later, on October 20.

The handsets will be available in Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue colors with the latter being exclusive only to the US.