Google has finally caught up with the world's retailers and networks by announcing the Pixel and Pixel XL (soon to be known as the Pexel?), a new pair of Android smartphones set to battle it out with the best on the market.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Pixel.
Design and Display
Ho-hum. Dull. Generic. We can't say Google's done a great job with the design of the Pixel. It looks like an iPhone 7 without the home button, and what’s with that nasty two-tone bit on the back? The Nexus 6P wasn't to everyone's tastes, but at least it stood out.
I’ve seen budget smartphones that look slicker than the Pixel. Weird. The silver model is the least attractive by some distance, with the blue and black versions looking significantly smarter.
The aluminium body’s rounded corners and curved edges should make it comfortable to hold, while Google’s also embraced USB Type-C. The volume rocker and power key lie on the right-hand edge and a round fingerprint scanner sits on the back.
The Pixel uses a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 4, while the Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch QHD screen that’s ideal for watching films and TV shows on the move.
Android 7.1 Nougat, which you can learn more about here.
Both versions of the Pixel run on a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, which should see them blitz through pretty much every task you can throw at them.
The smaller of the two handsets runs on a 2,770mAh battery, with the XL model powered by a 3,450mAh one. Google says both phones are capable of running for over a day off a single charge (OMG, right?), and we look forward to putting those lofty claims to the test.
The Pixel is the first phone with Google Assistant built in, which makes it easier for you to find things out without dragging your fingers across its screen. It's sort of like Siri, but with seriously impressive contextual undersatnding.
It looked really slick in the on-stage demo, allowing Mr Google to find out how to get to a restaurant from a show, without even asking the damn thing for help.
Conveniently for our fingertips, the two handsets also use the same camera setup. Around the back of the Pixel and Pixel XL is a 12-megapixel sensor, while an 8-megapixel front shooter sits just above the screen.
The Pixel apparently has a shorter capture time than any smartphone ever, and its camera has something called HDR+, which is like HDR, but with extra HDR-ness...
Oh, and THERE'S NO CAMERA BUMP!
Does the headphone jack count as an extra these days? Regardless, it's present.
Google's also decided to include unlimited photo backups -- at maximum resolution -- through Google Photos, which is a tasty addition, especially if you're unable to afford the 128GB Pixel model. There's a quick charging feature too, which should see a 15-minute stint at the mains provide up to seven hours of battery life.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are available for preorder right away from £599 -- the 128GB XL costs a whopping £819 -- and you'll be able to get your grubby mitts on them from October 20th.