Design and Features of Google Pixel Smartphones

By | October 13, 2016

The world’s largest search giant, Google has been producing its own Android-based phones for the last few years under the “Nexus” brand – but now it has come to an end as Google has come up with its own smartphone – Pixel. Google has revealed two new smartphones, Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The two Google Pixel smartphones will stand as an alternative to Apple’s latest additions iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Hardware and Screen-Size: 

You may find some physical similarities with iPhone, but like most Android phones the screen-to-body ratio of the Pixel XL is much better than the iPhone 7 Plus, despite having the same display size. The 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL are meant to be the best, most powerful, most unified Android phones ever. They have best-in-class specs, best-in-class design, best-in-class everything.

Both Google Pixel Smartphones sport a Snapdragon 821 processor, fingerprint sensors on the back, 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for the scratch-proof Protection, USB type C charger and the best part is – both are running Android 7.1 Nougat, the latest android version till date.

Google Pixel Smartphones - Pixel and Pixel XL

Memory Card & Battery:

Google Pixel smartphones comes with a 4GB of RAM, 32 or 128GB of storage, and a battery of capacity 2770mAh for Pixel and 3450mAh for pixel XL. It has fast charging facility too. Google is using this speed as justification for why it left out wireless charging from both models – a feature found in Nexus phones as far back as 2012. With fast charging feature, you can get 7 hours of use by 15 minutes of charging.


If we talk about the camera, they both have 12 Megapixel camera in the rear and 8 Megapixel in the front. If we look into the sample photos taken by the rear camera we can see that the low light photos are very impressive, pretty-much detailed. The camera’s HDR+ mode that merges several RAW files together likely also gives the camera a boost in limited light. According to DxO Mark’s tests, which the entire industry respects, Pixel features the best smartphone camera ever. The images do not have much blurring of the background – which is to be expected from a smartphone, though the dual lens cameras with the iPhone 7 Plus can now fake that blur to some extent.

The Google Pixel doesn’t have optical image stabilization, but uses a built-in gyroscope for shooting videos. We can also record 4K video by it. Every photos and videos you shoot on a Pixel phone automatically will be uploaded to the cloud via the Google Photos app, in full resolution.

Price and Colors:

Google Pixel and Pixel XL are priced as same as iPhone 7, starting at $649 for the small one and $769 for the big one. The Indian prices go like this – Rupees 57000/- for a 5 inch phone with 32 GB memory whereas the Pixel XL with a 5.5 inch display is priced at Rupees 67000/-.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL  is available in three delightfully named colors: Really Blue, Very Silver, and Quite Black.

Manufacturing of Phones:

Google worked with HTC to make the phones, but emphasized that this isn’t the same relationship it has had with phone makers before, where the manufacturing company supplied the hardware and Google provided the software and some design ideas. Even the name change seems to display a new way of communication and thinking. Google selected and approved every square millimeter of these phones. HTC merely built them. They may look a bit like the iPhone, but they have the same innocuousness, a design that maybe hard to be excited about but definitely hard to dislike.

Features of Google Pixel Smartphones - pixel and pixel-xl


The most important thing about the Pixel, for Google and Android and probably you as well, is that this is the first phone to have the Google Assistant built in. Google Now is dead, Google Assistant’s era has begun. It’s a core piece of the phone, available everywhere just the way Siri is on the iPhone. Google Assistant is the future of Google. It is seemed that Google wants, we talk more with our device though the task is tough when you are in public places. Google has earlier shared that 20 percent of search queries are already voice searches on mobile, and with technologies like Google Assistant making our devices getting better at understanding the context of our queries, this number will only rise. Ask it the usual questions and you will get reliable answers, but it goes deeper: “Show me Virender Sehwag’s Twitter page” automatically opens the Cricketer’s profile in the Twitter app. If you have an upcoming flight, for instance, it can remind you when to leave for the airport. As the Assistant is baked into Android, it even can scan what you’re looking at on screen and predict what action you’d like to take next, unlike its predecessor, Google Now on Tap.


Some Extras to Know:

One hardware element that is clearly missing is some kind of water-resistance. Now that Apple and Samsung both have it in their flagship phones, it is a surprising omission from the two Pixels. Also, there is no MicroSD slot, to expand memory on the chip. Google changed the look of Android on the Pixel: giving every app a circular icon, replacing the search bar found atop the home screen with a “G” button and adding a frosted glass looking tray for the apps pinned to the bottom of the phone’s home screen.

If you want to experience a new journey with  Android and smartphones then Google Pixel would be a good choice for a change.

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