Google, the search engine giant and maker of the Android Operating system, has unveiled the Google Pixel smartphone at the Google Pixel event in San Francisco, United States.
The Google Pixel is the second series of smartphones from Google, the first being the Google Nexus series. With the launch of the Google Pixel series, it is not clear whether the Nexus series would e continued, but it's very unlikely.
Google Pixel Specifications
Display & Design
The Google Pixel is a medium-sized smartphone; it has a 5-inch display powered by AMOLED panels. The display has a Full HD (1920 * 1080) pixel resolution, and the screen is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to protect it from scratches and stains.
The Google Pixel bears no resemblance to the smartphones in the Nexus series. It is 8.6mm thick (thicker than many other smartphones of its size) and weighs 143g (considerably lightweight). The edges are curved, and the back is made with glass, though at first sight, it looks like it's made of plastic.
Memory & Performance
The Google Pixel is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor which has a maximum clock speed of 2.15GHz. This processor is a tad slower than the one on the LeEco Le Pro 3, also a Snapdragon 821 with a speed of 2.35GHz. An Adreno 530 GPU is embedded in the SoC to handle graphics operations.
The Google Pixel smartphone comes with a RAM capacity of 4GB, which uses the LPDDR4 process. The smartphone is available in two internal storage variants; 32GB and 128GB.
The default internal storage capacity cannot be expanded as the phone doesn't come with an SD card slot, but Google has made sufficient provisions for this by including unlimited cloud storage with it. The world is moving towards the cloud you know :D . Everything isgoing wireless, contactless.... #smh.
The battery specifications of the Google Pixel is not so exciting; the smartphone comes with a battery capacity of 2,770mAh.
The phone supports 4G LTE network connectivity with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) capability. It has dual-band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) WiFi 802.11ac MIMO for wireless connections. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) for quick short-range device-device data transfers.
The Google Pixel possesses a USB Type-C port which gives it OTG support and allows for more rapid charging/data transfer. GPS technologies are also included to make location determination and navigation possible.
At the rear of the Pixel is a 12.3MP camera unit which uses a Sony IMX378 sensor with a pixel size of 1.55um pixel. The camera itself has a f/2.0 aperture and has both Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and Laser Detection Autofocus (LDAF). I must not forget to mention that the rear of the phone is also adorned with a LED flash.
The Google Pixel possesses an 8MP camera unit at the front to take selfies.
Software and Hardware
The Google Pixel smartphone has three microphones (whoa!) and (thankfully) comes with a 3.5mm audio jack. At the back, there is a fingerprint sensor present for security biometric verification.
As you would expect, the Google Pixel runs (pure) Android 7.1 Nougat right from the box with no sort of software modifications whatsoever.
Google Pixel Specifications (Summary)
- 5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD 1920 * 1080 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
- Dimensions - 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm.
- Weight - 143g.
- 2.15 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821 processor.
- Adreno 530 GPU.
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM.
- 32GB / 128GB internal storage variants, not expandable.
- Unlimited cloud storage.
- 2,770mAh battery.
- 12.3MP rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX378 sensor, 1.55um pixel, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF & LDAF.
- 8MP front camera.
- Fingerprint sensor.
- 3 microphones.
- 4G LTE network connectivity with VoLTE support.
- WiFi 802.11ac MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 & GPS.
- USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack.
- Android 7.1 Nougat OS.
Google Pixel Price in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana
The Google Pixel comes mainly in Quite Black and Very Silver (what funny colour names :D ) colours, but there is also a Really Blue colour variant that is available in limited units in the United States only.
The 32GB internal storage variant of the Google Pixel costs N204,600 in Nigeria, KES 65,677 in Kenya and GHS 2,571.31 in Ghana.
The 128GB internal storage variant of the Google Pixel smartphone costs N236,200 in Nigeria, KES 75,797 in Kenya and GHS 2,967.50 in Ghana.
The smartphone will be available for pre-order in the US, Germany, Australia and Canada starting from today, and will be available for pre-order online in India via Flipkart starting from the 13th of October at a starting price of Rs. 57,000.
To make the smartphone to everyone, the Google Pixel will also be sold in offline stores including Reliance Digital and Croma amongst others.