After numerous leaks, Google officially unveiled the Pixel and Pixel XL in San Francisco. Google is putting its brand front and center with the phones, which feature a glass window at the back that extends to cover the fingerprint sensor. Oh, and there's no "unsightly camera bump."
The Pixel features a 5-inch Full HD display, with the larger Pixel XL sporting a 5.5-inch QHD panel. The phones are powered by a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC, and offer 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB or 128GB of storage. And yes, the 3.5mm port is intact.
Google says that the Pixels showcase how the company combines its AI smarts to create a great user experience, which is achieved through Google Assistant. With Assistant, Google is providing contextual information based on your interactions.
Google is also promising a great photography experience, stating that the phones received a rating of 89 on DxOMark, the highest awarded to any phone thus far. The Pixels have a 12.3MP camera with an f/2.0 lens. The camera also comes with software tweaks. By holding down the shutter button, you can take photos in burst mode, with Google automatically selecting the best one.
Then there's HDR+, takes multiple short exposures to minimize blur and reduce noise, resulting in clearer images in low-light conditions. The camera uses HDR+ by default, and Google is emphasizing that the Pixels have the shortest capture time of any phone. Google is also throwing in free unlimited storage for Pixel owners, which includes photos and videos at full resolution, as well as 4K videos.
The Pixels will be available in Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue options. Pricing starts at $649 for the standard Pixel, and $769 for the Pixel XL. Verizon is the carrier partner for the phones in the U.S., but you'll be able to buy them unlocked from the Google Store and Best Buy. They're also compatible on Project Fi. Pre-orders kick off later today. Who's interested?