Pixel ‘phone by Google’ announced!

Following an absolute deluge of pre event leaks and revelations, Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are now  official. Differentiated primarily by  size and resolution of their screens — 5 inch 1080p display on  Pixel and 5.5-inch Quad HD panel on the XL  these two devices are built by HTC, but Google takes full credit for their design and makes this explicit with its “phone by Google” branding. Both Pixel models are powered by  latest Snapdragon 821 processor and run a specialized version of Google’s Android software, which includes support for Daydream virtual reality platform that was announced at Google I/O in  summer.

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On  hardware front,  Pixel phones are both made out of aluminum with a big glass window at  back, surrounding camera, flash, and  fingerprint sensor (now dubbed Pixel Imprint).  Pixel XL has a 3,450mAh battery and Pixel has a 2,770mAh battery. Both displays are AMOLED, both devices have 4GB of RAM, USB-C, a choice of 32GB or 128GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, Google felt the need to advertise that last one. Google is also bringing back the Live Cases it introduced with last year’s Nexus devices.

Pricing starts at 649$ for  smaller 5-inch Pixel with 32Gigs of storage, available for preorder today. That number scales up to $49$ with 128GB of onboard storage, 769$  for larger Pixel XL with 32Gigs, or 869$ for XL with 128Gigs. Google gives a choice between black or silver for color, with an exclusive “really blue” option with Verizon in US, though latter is limited to just 32GB of storage.

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