Google finally decided that it is a good time to bring its smartphones out of the shadowy niche and compete with the top manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung. Thanks to the new Pixel phone era.

With the premium features now exclusive to the Pixel smartphones, Google is showing more ambition and determination that it did in the last five years of the Nexus-branded smartphones.

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A 5.5-inch and a 5-inch Pixel XL are now officially referred to ‘Pixel, a smartphone by Google’. Unlike the Nexus 6P and Nexus 6P, the Pixel smartphones are top-shelf models. The Pixel phones are not noteworthy because of the hardware they run but the because of the services and software attached to them.

Besides launching the Google Assistant from the home buttons, the smartphones have an unlimited amount of cloud storage for videos and photos at the original quality.

The Pixel is to cost, $649 exclusively from Verizon, with a 128 GB model available for $750. On the other hand, the 32 GB Pixel XL will cost 770 and $870 for the 128 GB model.

According to the DXO Mark’s test, the Pixel’s 12 megapixel camera surpasses iPhone’s 12 megapixel shooter. More so, according to the same test, Pixel features the best smartphone camera ever. The device also comes with a headphone jack.

It is important to know that the device isn’t waterproof. However, beyond that, there is nothing about it that can instantly turn you off. Google merged with HTC to make these smartphones, but insisted that this is not the same relationship it had with phone makers before. According to Google, HTC supplied the hardware while it provided software and design ideas.

Both Pixel are running Android 7.1 Nougat and both the Duo and Allow messaging apps comes pre-installed.

The new Pixel smartphones are available for pre-order today. They are said to start shipping later this month.

Source: DigitalTrends

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