The Pixel and Pixel XL are flagship quality smartphones made by Google. This means they’ll be among the first Android phones to get OS updates because it’s directly from Google. They feature a unique new two-toned design made of both glass and aluminum on the back. The regular Pixel has a 5 inch FHD AMOLED screen at 441ppi, while the larger Pixel XL has a 5.5 inch QHD AMOLED screen at 534ppi.
The camera in the Pixel and Pixel XL is rated the highest among smartphones according to DxOMark with a score of 89. It is 12.3MP with large 1.55 μm pixels and a f/2.0 aperture. It also has phase and laser detection autofocus. While it doesn’t have optical image stabilization like some other high end smartphones, Google claims the Pixel can handle that stabilization through software. By doing this, the camera can sit flush with the back of the phone instead of having a ‘bump.’ The front facing camera is good quality as well, at 8MP. Google is also offering unlimited storage for all photos and videos shot on the Pixel phone.
The Pixel and Pixel XL come with a more sophisticated Google Assistant. It can tell you weather, when local places will close, make dinner reservations, check if flights are on time, look up your itinerary, and much more. It’s also context-aware, meaning you can follow up with more questions after your first inquiry.
Both phones have 4GB of RAM and a 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz 64Bit Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 processor. It has a USB Type-C connector, USB 3.0, and a 3.5mm headset jack. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back of the Pixel, and swiping down on it will get you quick access to your notifications.
The Pixel and Pixel XL come with either 32GB or 128GB of internal storage. You can pre-order the Pixel phones now, and by doing that, Google will include a free Daydream VR headset to use with it. Pixel starts at $649 or $27.04/month for 24 months with Google Store Financing. It will also be available at Verizon stores.