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Google launches two Pixel phones, the showcase for Google Assistant

Mark Hachman | Oct. 5, 2016
Free, unlimited cloud storage and the promise of the latest updates make the Pixel intriguing.

The phones will be made of aluminum, and without the “unsightly” camera bump that comes on other phones, said Rick Osterloh, the head of Google’s new hardware division. The Pixel has a standard 5-inch, 1920x1080 (534 ppi) AMOLED phone, the Pixel XL includes a 5.5-inch, 2,560x1,440 (441 ppi) AMOLED display. Gorilla Glass 5—which Corning says will protect the phone from 5-foot drops onto hard surfaces about 80 percent of the time – will cover the front. Oh, and there’s a 3.5-mm headphone jack, too.

According to Google, you’ll be able to unlock your Pixel with a one-touch fingerprint sensor—also a feature of the iPhone, but also Android phones like the Google’s Nexus 5, the OnePlus 2, and the Galaxy Note 5. Both phones are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 64-bit processor, which apparently takes the same “big-little” approach as the iPhone 7: a a pair of 2.15-GHz cores when your phone needs the extra power, and a pair of 1.6-GHz cores for lower-power tasks to optimize battery life.  Each phone also contains 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory.

Google has also hidden a 2,770mAh battery within the Pixel as well as a 3,460mAh battery within the Pixel XL. Neither appear to be removable, unfortunately. Everything will be powered by a USB-C cable, with a quick-charge adapter.

Google help support will be built in, and there will be a range of cases. It will be available in black, silver, and blue. It will also be ready for DayDream, Google’s VR solution.

Updated at 11:30 AM with additional pricing details from Verizon and at 1:21 PM to note the free Daydream View if you order from Google.


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