At an occasion in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google uncovered the much-awaited Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, first Google-branded smartphones. India is one of the launch markets for the phone, with Google Pixel cost in India to begin at Rs. 57,000, with pre-orders arranged to commence on October 13. The phone will be made accessible from Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma, as well as smaller retailers, with a direct availability at the “end of October” as per the Google’s statement.
The Google Pixel costs Rs. 43,000 for 32GB variant, Rs. 50,000 for 128GB; Pixel XL costs Rs. 51,000 for 32GB, Rs. 58,000 for 128GB.
The launch event was, however, one of the poorest stored secrets from Google, and virtually everything was leaked before the launch. As assumed, Pixel and Pixel XL are the first smartphones with Google Assistant built-in. The Google Pixel wears a 5-inch full-HD AMOLED display and the Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, both with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen. Both the models will be usable with virtually identical innards except the screen size and battery size.
The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL will be made accessible via unlocked version from Google store. It will be available in Quite Black, Really Blue, and Very Silver colour alternatives, although it appears the blue colour will not be launch in India yet.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones wear an aluminum unibody and also highlights polished glass combination at the back. Both the smartphones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and two cores timed at 2.15GHz. The Pixel and Pixel XL will pack 4GB of RAM and also provided with Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor. The smartphones with the 12.3-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, a large f/2.0 aperture and 1.55-micron pixels. Both the phones also features an 8-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX179 sensor, a f/2.4 aperture, and 1.4-micron pixels.
Google also has defined that both the smartphones have passage to unlimited storage for HD-resolution pictures and videos via Google Photos. The Android 7.1 Nougat-based Pixel smartphones will feature with a USB Type-C port and also includes the 3.5mm audio jack.
The Google Pixel smartphone also features 24×7 customer care characteristic which can assist in resolving problems on the device real-time. Pixel users will have access to a customer support number along with 54 walk-in service centres across over 30 cities in India.
At the launch event, Google also uncovered the Daydream VR headset, Chromecast Ultra with 4K HDR and Google Wifi.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the launch reviewed the company’s attempts with artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop tools like the Google Assistant.
Rick Osterloh, the new head of Google’s freshly designed hardware department, introduced the appearance of Assistant in two new surfaces, in the context of the Pixel phone, and the Google Home speaker.