Here’s the First Up-Close Look at the Google Pixel Phone



So, Google is launching a couple of new somethings on October 4th. We know about the two phones, we’ve heard about that 4K Chromecast dongle and certainly do look forward to hearing the Google Home and Google Assistant roadmap.

While that Andromeda operating system we have been obsessing over for the last two days is still a “maybe”, how about we focus on what we’re certain of?

Here’s the Google Pixel smartphone in all its full-frontal glory thanks to Evan Blass and the VentureBeat staff:


The Pixel is one of two smartphones that Google is expected to show off next week. The other one, tipped to be named Pixel XL, is slightly larger with a 5.5-inch display and is expected to cost a lot more than the $650 starting price of the Pixel’s base model (32GB).

One of the things the above image confirms is that Google has actually reworked the navigation buttons a bit as was previously hinted. Since the Pixel smartphones represent a departure from the Nexus way of doing things (Google is said to be releasing its own slightly modified Android with the devices and not just vanilla Android as was the case with Nexus), it is not clear if the buttons will be standard across the board or just Google’s way of making its new phones stand out.

Spec-wise, here’s what we know about the two devices so far (not conclusive in any way):

PixelPixel XL
Display5-inch Quad HD AMOLED5.5inch Quad HD AMOLED
ProcessorSnapdragon 820Same
Memory4GB RAM; 32/64GB internal storage (not expandable. It's Google.)4GB RAM; 32/128GB onboard storage
Camera8MP front; 12MP back with 4K video recordingSame
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1Same
Network3G, 4G LTESame
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-CSame
OtherFingerprint scannerSame

Are you looking forward to Google’s Pixel phones?


Header Pixel render image source: Slashgear

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.


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