“Need a new phone? Like new new? Like doesn’t have a version number new?”
Google has just announced its first ever smart phone, Pixel (and Pixel XL), and it all looks very promising, particularly in light of recent releases of the Samsung S7 and iPhone 7 and their subsequent reviews.
Although Google previously paired up with Android for the Nexus phone, Google’s Pixel is the first hardware and software 100% Google-made phone. It is also the first phone to feature Google Assistant, which can answer questions, keep your schedule, play music, find photos quickly, and keep track of travel plans and details.
It comes in 2 sizes, 5 inches and 5.5 inches, and 3 colors, “Quite Black”, “Very Silver”, and “Really Blue”.
The camera is 12.3 megapixels and it can capture 4K video too. Selfie lovers should also get excited for this release, as its 8 megapixel front cam beats the S7’s 5 megapixels and the iPhone 7’s 7 megapixels.
With a display measuring in at 5 inches it has a resolution of 1920×1080, while the iPhone 7 is 4.7 inches with 1334×750 resolution, and the S7 is 5.1 inches with 2560×1440 resolution.
The fingerprint recognition is located on the back cover, and it is specifically built for VR use. What’s most impressive is the battery, which is said to last up to 7 hours on a 15-minut-long charge. We could definitely use that in Lebanon with all the electricity cuts!
Google Pixel will be the first phone to feature Android 7.1 Nougat, as the S7 features Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
As for the Google Pixel release video, the script is impeccably witty with sharp jabs at the iPhone 7 (“3.5 mm headphone jack satisfyingly… not new”) and an all-around enjoyable vibe. You can watch for yourself…