Next week Come October 4, 2016
Google will unveil its first-gen Pixel smartphones !
These phones will offer an alternative to Apple’s flagship phones which are currently facing supply and demand issues.
Here’s everything we know about Google Pixel.
According to reports, the 5-inch Pixel X and the larger 5.5-inch Pixel XL are the two new “Google Phones” confirmed to be unveiled on October 4 along with a few other products. The Pixel and Pixel XL have been featured in numerous leaks this summer and are also known as the Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin. The company itself has just revealed a teaser video for an event on October 4th.
The image is of the upcoming Pixel X smartphone from Google. It’s a rounded rectangle with a screen on the front, an earpiece, cameras, sensors and buttons.
Notice something different on phone screen ?
Yes, circular icons. Every icon is circular. Besides that Pixel and Pixel XL will likely run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. It is expected to be unveiled alongside Pixel smartphones next week. Android Nougat will have various visual changes as compared to its earlier version like Google widget on the left and new navigation keys which are no longer hollow.
Whether the circular icons are part of new Android ecosystem or just Pixel devices is still a mystery.
As for specs, there have been many leaks on what these phones will be packing. Currently, the Pixel X is believed to launch with a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB RAM. Besides, it’ll have a 2770 mAh battery, 12-megapixel back and 8-megapixel front camera and a USB type-C port. As a matter of fact, they are likely to run two highly impressive Sony IMX next generation camera sensors. According to rumors, Pixel X will start at $649 for an unlocked version which isn’t cheap.
For large phone lovers, Pixel XL will feature similar specifications. The only things to distinguish the Pixel from the Pixel XL will be screen and battery size. It will offer a 5.5-inch screen with a 3,450 mAh battery and quad HD (1440p) display. By far, there are no leaks regarding the starting price of XL.
Reportedly none of the phones will be waterproof but they might be water-resistant. Also storage options for both the phones will start from 32 GB and extend all the way up to 128 GB. Furthermore, Pixel phones could have Google Assistant built right in. Android would not only allow Google users to say “Ok, Google” to summon their assistant, but type to it too. The new software will help to maximize the usability of Google Assistant. Both the phones will have a fingerprint scanner on the backside of the phone. Another key point is the presence of headphone jack.
In addition to the phones, rumors are that Google will launch Daydream- a new VR headset, it’s Amazon Echo competitor – Google Home and even a 4K Chromecast.
In conclusion, we won’t know for sure what Google has to announce until its October 4 event takes place. While Samsung is working on their “Exploding” Note 7’s, these phones will be biggest iPhone competitor’s in market.
So stay tuned in for full details of the official unveiling at the highly anticipated press conference.
We all are waiting for it ! 🙂
UPDATE – Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are now available in India and can be purchased exclusively on Flipkart