Google has announced the Pixel smartphones, which take over the reins of the “Google phone” from the Nexus smartphones, including the last year’s Nexus 5x (made by LG) and the Nexus 6P (made by Huawei). What happens to the Nexus branding now remains unclear, but what we have on our hands now are two phones—the Pixel and the Pixel XL, which have been tasked with tackling the very competitive Android smartphone ecosystem. And also take on the Apple iPhones, head on.
Google has confirmed that the Pixel and the Pixel XL will be up for pre-orders on online retailer Flipkart, from 13 October, with shipping commencing later this month. While we do not yet have the exact pricing for each individual variant, the entire Pixel range will start with a price tag of Rs57,000. That means, the entry-level smaller screen Pixel will cost Rs57,000 and you’ll be splurging out more for the higher storage variants and also for the bigger screen Pixel XL. At this sort of pricing, it is hard to not compare these two devices to the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, which will retail in India from Friday.
The fact that the Pixel and the Pixel XL will initially be available for pre-order on Flipkart indicates that this will perhaps be the exclusive platform for at least the foreseeable future. The phones will be available in two colour options, Quite Black or Very Silver.
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The Pixel has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, 4GB RAM, 32GB/128GB storage, 5-inch (1920 x 1080 resolution) display, 12.3-megapixel camera and a 2770mAh battery. The larger sibling, the Pixel XL has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, 4GB RAM, 32GB/128GB storage, 5.5-inch (2560 x 1440 resolution) display, 12.3-megapixel camera and 3450mAh battery. That makes Pixel and the Pixel XL one of the first phones with the latest generation Snapdragon 821 chips, in the markets globally. Both phones will run Android 7.1 (Nougat) out of the box, and Google has integrated the artificial intelligence based Google Assistant into the operating system itself, which should be extremely useful and indeed a lot of fun.