Post updated October 5th, 2016 at 12:16 pm
Google’s Pixel smartphone may have been leaked extensively, but the company still has plenty of surprises left for the device’s launch event. One of the most touted features of the Pixel is the fact that it has “the best smartphone camera…ever.” On top of that, it is packed with a slew of useful features as well, not to mention the fact that it is the “first smartphone made by Google inside and out.”
Naturally, as a phone “made by Google” (it’s actually manufactured by HTC), the Pixel is also the first smartphone with Google Assistant; the feature can be launched with a long press of the home button, much like how Now on Tap is activated. Once launched, users can ask the assistant to perform various tasks, which range from booking a reservation, finding for specific photos, and of course, send text messages.
And then there’s the back design of the Pixel smartphone. Not surprisingly, the upper part of the device is made out of glass as previous leaks have shown. Aside from aesthetic reasons, it appears to be a deliberate design choice…for better or worse. The Pixel also features “polished aluminium” construction, which is a given for a flagship smartphone.
The Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X marked the first time “Google-made smartphones” – to an extent – were equipped with a capable shooter, and it appears Google is raising the bar even higher with the Pixel. According to the company, the Pixel’s 12.3MP camera received a score of 89 from DxOMark; a site renowned for its detailed mobile camera review. This is quite an impressive score, considering the fact that other flagship smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge received a slightly lower score of 88.
Other specifications of the Pixel smartphone include a 5-inch 1080p or 5.5-inch 1440p AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, a “Pixel Imprint” fingerprint sensor, as well as 2,770mAh and 3,450mAh batteries – these should be the battery capacities of the 5-inch and 5.5-inch models respectively. Interestingly enough, Google claims that the Pixel has up to seven hours of battery life with only 15 minutes of charge time.
Google’s new Pixel smartphone is set to be the company’s best smartphone yet, even more so than the Nexus lineup. For one, the company is throwing in several neat benefits for owners of the Pixel. One such benefit is the fact that Pixel owners can enjoy unlimited storage on Google Photos; they can upload video and photos to the service – at their full resolution – to the service for free, which usually requires a certain fee.
Evidently, the Google Pixel is one impressive flagship smartphone, and users will have to pay a premium for the device. The 5-inch Pixel retails at $649 (about RM2,700) and $749 (approximately RM3,115) for the 32GB and 128GB variants respectively, while the bigger 5.5-inch model goes for $769 ( around RM3,195) for 32GB of storage and a hefty $869 (about RM3,610) for the 128GB variant; the Pixel can be pre-ordered in the US starting today. As usual, it still remains to be seen if the Pixel will ever be launched here in Malaysia.