Typically it’s best to only sit again and feign shock, as if the lead as much as at this time’s huge Google occasion wasn’t leakier than a rusted out previous sieve in a rainstorm. After making a number of temporary however notable cameos on worldwide retailer and service pages this week, the firm took to the stage at today’s Pixel event to disclose the titular handset – couched by the firm as its largest hardware reveal in years.
The bottom-degree (the plain ole Pixel) seems to be like all of these leaks advised – which is to say pretty featureless on its face, not dissimilar from a iPhone, solely devoid of a bodily button in that enormous stretch of bezel beneath the display. As anticipated, the Pixel will are available two sizes, the commonplace 5-inch and the 5.5-inch XL (each encased in Gorilla Glass 4). To be truthful, the handset is arguably extra “L” than “XL” by present commonplace.
The rear of the device is a mixture of glass and metallic with a fingerprint reader smack dab in the middle, together with an antenna band alongside the backside and Google’s new “G” emblem alongside the backside. Oh, and as famous by the firm at the occasion, there’s “no ugly camera bump” again there.
Although, bump or no, the firm is satisfied that it’s acquired a killer camera right here. The Pixel acquired a powerful 89 from DXOMark’s camera benchmarks. “This isn’t solely the best smartphone camera we’ve ever made,” the firm stated on stage, “it’s the best smartphone camera ever made. The hardware features a 12.3-megapixel rear camera (with an f/2.0 lens).
The firm confirmed off the Pixel’s prowess in lowlight conditions, helped alongside by the camera’s 1.55 micron pixels. a Smartburst feature is designed to take a number of photographs in fast succession, whereas the Lens Blur feature provides an identical bokeh impact as the one discovered on the newest iPhone.
The new flagship is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and a decently sized 2770mAh battery, which may fast cost as much as seven hours in 15 minutes. The XL, naturally, features a a lot beefier 3,450mAh. The Pixel ships with 32GB of storage normal, which customers can selected to quadruple as much as 128GB.
There’s a USB-C port on the backside of the device, and sure, the factor has a headphone jack.
Whereas the occasion is positioned as hardware first, that is Google we’re speaking about right here, and as such, the actual focus is software. The corporate led the occasion with speak about its forthcoming Google Assistant AI, and as such, the Pixel will probably be the first handset to ship with the pleasant voice helper. As the firm places it, “we’re constructing hardware with the Google Assistant it its core. ”
Those that decide up the Pixel will even get their palms on free limitless storage on Google Photographs with pictures shot at their unique decision.
Certainly that’s all that “Google Magic” we have been seeing in various these aforementioned leaks forward of the occasion. And certainly, the new assistant carried out impressively throughout the demo. The phone may also, naturally, ship with Google’s new messaging app Duo (and Allo) pre-put in. Each handsets may even be the first to ship with 7.1 — the newest version of Android Nougat (even whereas LG V20, the first handset to ship with 7.0 has but to reach).
Apparently, the firm has additionally constructed buyer help immediately into the Pixel — akin to the type of assist Amazon provides up on its Kindle Hearth tablets, full with screen sharing.
The Pixel is available in three colours –Very Silver, Fairly Black, together with a restricted edition Actually Blue (actually) version, which is unique to the US. Pre-orders for the new handsets begin at the moment in the US, Canada, and Australia, with consumers in India getting their probability on the 13th. The bottom-degree Pixel begins at $649 or $27 a month. Customers can decide it up unlocked via Google’s website or tied to Verizon, the phone’s unique service right here in the States.
Google’s additionally acquired an entire slew of accessories out there for pre-order.