Google Pixel & Pixel XL Smartphone – What Features Should You Expect?

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are launching on October 4, 2016. Find out everything you need to know about Google’s exciting flagship phones today in our review.


What Are the Google Pixel and Pixel XL?

The Pixel and Pixel XL are two smartphones sold by Google. The phones are likely replacing Google’s Nexus lineup of smartphones.

Like the Nexus lineup of smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL are expected to feature a native version of the latest version of Android – in this case, Android 7.0 Nougat.

The change to the “Pixel” name is a big deal for Google: the California-based search giant has released a Nexus phone onto the market every year since 2010. Ever since, the Nexus phone has become synonymous among Android users as the best way to enjoy the “pure” version of Android at the earliest possible release date.

The Nexus phones have also always been popular for selling at a cheaper price than more popular phones like those offered by Samsung and Apple – and they come unlocked.

In any case, Google has done away with the Nexus brand in 2016 and is adopting the names Pixel and Pixel XL. We’ve seen these name changes coming for a little while: after all, Google recently released a Pixel C tablet.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL Release Date

Google has called an event in San Francisco on October 4, 2016.

It’s not for sure, but it seems extremely likely that Google will launch its Pixel and Pixel XL at the event.

Google has already sent out notifications to journalists and has also posted giant billboards around the Bay Area. There’s also a lineup of TV commercials that show a phone-shaped rectangle accompanied by a Google “G”.

What Do We Know About the Pixel and Pixel XL?

Rumors are flying all around the Android community. Although nothing is for sure, we think we know some information about the phones.

For example, Android Police reports that the phones will arrive with three color options, including aluminum, black, and bright blue.

It’s also been reported that the phones will be sold through the Google Store and Verizon.

Aside from that, it’s expected that the Pixel will have a 5 inch display while the Pixel XL will have a 5.5-inch display.

The phones are rumored to be in production by HTC. That’s not unusual: Google rarely makes its own devices, choosing instead to outsource the manufacturing process to partners like LG and HTC, both of which have made Nexus smartphones in the past.

Another interesting thing to note about the Google Pixel is that it could come with a financing plan and an extended warranty system similar to Apple Care.

Pixel Tech Specs

Business Insider and Android Authority have slightly different tech specs for the Google Pixel. However, we’ve pieced together all of the tech spec rumors to bring you the rumored Pixel tech specs featured below:

-5 inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution

-12 or 13MP camera

-8MP front-facing camera

-Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

-32GB or 128GB storage options available

-4GB of RAM

-2770mAh battery

-Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box

-Google Daydream-ready

Google Pixel XL Tech Specs

As you might expect, the Pixel XL comes with mostly the same tech specs – just with a larger and higher resolution screen. Here are the rumored tech specs according to the same two sources mentioned above:

-5.5-inch display with 2560 x 1440 resolution

-12 or 13MP camera

-8MP front-facing camera

-Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

-32GB or 128GB storage options


-Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box

-Google Daydream-ready

What Else is New?

Early image leaks of the Pixel and Pixel XL have appeared on the internet. It’s unclear if they’re legit, but they’re the best information we have about the Pixel and Pixel XL.

The leaked images show both phones with an aluminum finish, which is one of the three color options available. The top of the rear panel is made from glass and appears to be lighter and smoother than the other materials. There’s also a fingerprint sensor.

Pixel and Pixel XL Pricing

Pricing details for the Pixel and Pixel XL have not yet been released. However, there’s plenty of speculation – and most of it points to a low price point.

Some people believe the Pixel XL will be priced as low as $350, for example, while the Pixel will cost around $300. Others believe the pricing will be closer to $400 for the Pixel and $450 for the Pixel XL.

And yes, that price would be for an unlocked version of the phone – which means you would be able to take it around to different carrier networks.

Should You Buy the Pixel or Pixel XL?

The Pixel and Pixel XL are likely to be hot-selling phones when they’re released this October. The phones, like the Nexus phones, will come with a native version of the latest copy of Android (Android 7.0 Nougat). They’re also expected to have tech specs that are good – but still slightly below the tech specs of the latest flagships.

Stay tuned as we learn more about the Pixel and Pixel XL as we get closer to the launch date!


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