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Google Pixel XL Review: Specs, Features and more

Smartphones from Google has made their debut departing from the company’s Nexus line. Google pixel series pulled off their covers and the new smartphone creation from Google brought some high-end specs along with the price to match with it.

Anticipation has been high on the first ever smartphone with Google moniker, the company behind Android. Engineered and developed completely in-house, Google Pixel XL shaped up to the likes of the iPhone 7 Plus or the Samsung Note 7.

It was no surprise that Google made and aggressive move to replace the Nexus smartphone range with its premium design and higher price. The search engine giant’s gutsy move to drop the budget focusing Nexus brand and go expensive smartphone market is fruitful.

Let’s get into the Google pixel XL Review and find out if this smallest addressable component is a worthy competitor for Apple, Samsung, HTC or not.

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Design:

Google worked on focusing the looks of the phone substituting its physical feel and experience. Google Pixel XL design stands highlight with the front profile which is a blank, featureless slate literally. Conversely, Pixel looks like any Android phone at first glance.

Google Pixel XL design features rounded edges which ensure comfort while holding. The glass panel with a fingerprint sensor on the upper rear side of the Pixel XL will surely be a stand out feature in its design. The fingerprint sensor position is perfect when your exactly place your index finger. It also doubles as a mini trackpad, which is quite handy in XL model particularly.

Pixel Design

With the dimensions of 76x155x 8.6mm and weight of 168g Pixel XL feels a lot nicer in hand. The power button and the volume rocker keys took their place on the right edge of the device. On the top, a 3.5mm audio out jack is provided on the upper edge with an antenna band beside it.

The bottom edge of the Pixel XL has two vents on the either side of the USB charging slot, and one is for the microphone, and the other is for the speaker. Nano SIM slot is positioned on the left side where the device without any much embossing in the body language.

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Display:

Google Pixel XL flaunts a 5.5inch Quad HD AMOLED display with 2560×1440 pixels and 534 PPI along with Gorilla Glass 4 protection on the top. The screen brightness looks delighted even at the low light making its statement. Pixel XL has gained each of AMOLED panel characteristics with the dark blacks, and the colors are punchy and saturated.

Google Pixel XL offers an excellent display from all viewing angles. The handset also provides a high visual accuracy competing with the likes of iPhone. The AMOLED display on the Pixel XL brings all the media or game than the expanded gamut and IPS panel on the iPhone. You may appeal contrast of colors on the display of the Pixel XL during media consumption.

Pixel Pic

You’ll surely notice brighter colors on the Pixel XL after the iPhone as the flagship offering from Apple tends to render more color with QHD display. Pixel XL display is surely a game-changer with the bright and detailed display. Pixel XL’s expansive 5.5-inch panel provides a fantastic look for the web pages, video, Images, and text.

Specs Review:

Google hasn’t stepped back concerning hardware. Apart from design and display, Pixel XL features identical specs. Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with two 2.15GHz cores and two 1.6GHz cores powers the Pixel XL along with integrated Adreno 530 graphics. Google Pixel Xl claims the first VR-enabling smartphone to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 CPU.

The device packs 4gigs of RAM and is available in 32GB and 128GB fixed storage options. Sadly, Google hasn’t provided any option for external storage what a traditional Android smartphone offer. The 32 GB trim put forward 29.7GB of effective usable space. It is always preferable to opt 128GB variant bearing the lack of microSD expansion. However, it is expensive, though.

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Pixel Specs Review

Google pixel XL is well at performing tasks, and the new Snapdragon 821 CPU results in unmatched score in tests. Performance is speedy, and no lag issues were found, switching between apps is also good. The device didn’t run out of frames even at high graphic gaming. Loading speeds are unmatchable when compared to iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7.

Coming to Connectivity department, all the standards are up to date. There is Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, and NFC. USB 3.0 speed is also supported through the Type-C connection. ‘Android Sensor Hub’ a smaller dedicated processor comes packed with the phone continuously monitors for input which includes voice commands, even when the Snapdragon 821 is in standby.

Software:

Keeping the fact that Google is the owner of the Android, Pixel XL could be the best representation of the company’s vision for Android. Google Pixel XL comes with the latest Android 7.1 along with many new features. Replacing the Nexus line, Pixel XL phone gets you wholesome Android software in a “Pixelized” version. Customized launcher and numerous tweaks are observed as a part of changes what Google has done. However, it is unclear at this moment if other manufacturers will be allowed to adopt these features or not.

Pixel Software

Many changes have been observed starting with the home screen, and a small tab occurs on the upper left on the home screen which opens a Google search bar along with your recent searches. ‘Google Now’ shows the news updates, weather and other bits of information with just a swipe.

Long press on app icons enable prompts a 3D touch, but it is unknown about which apps support this. The renovated settings app lets you jump between sections with the new menu-driven system. A list of suggestions will be pinned at the top until you dismiss them manually. Apart from these, you’ll get a 24/ 7 support assistance for your convenience.

Google Assistant:

Google Assistant is one of the main arguable reasons behind the existence of Pixel phones. Undoubtedly, Google is making a significant push embed this personalized assistant in every part of our life.

Google Assistant

This new feature may not vary much when compared to the voice search feature on the modern Android phones. Google Assistant is contextually more aware and is similar to “Okay Google” command but now is aware of the app you’re currently using and draws information from there.

Your assistant can launch apps, send messages, control phone functions, and translate phrases. Two-way conversation resembles the way how Siri works. The assistant helps to provide more relevant local information such as flight prices, restaurants.

Camera:

Camera performance is another element where Google banks on. The company realized the fact that Camera is one of the main things which distinguish the Pixel XL from the rest premium flagship offerings. Pixel Xl camera experience will surely be your next love from the very next moment once you open the camera.

New camera options like photosphere mode, burst mode, and slow motion even if it looks like a stock version Android. You’ll find the lens blur mode interesting, and you should move your phone slightly to take another shot with the same lens at a slight offset.

Pixel Camera

The 12.3 megapixel back snapper click the most detailed shots which no other present day smartphone can. There is a need to specially mention about the autofocus which is at a fast speed even in poor light condition. Pixel does live up to the quality of photo which meets the level of iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7. Low-light performance is also impressive as most scenes are bright even in moderate light.

Discussing the front camera, the 8 MP camera beats the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 with its brilliant performance. It will surely enhance your selfie experience and serve you purpose more efficiently.

4K video recording is enabled at 30fps, 1080p resolution video at 120fps, or 720p resolution at 240fps. Videos are clear and sharp with smooth motion at different resolutions and frame rates. The only problem with the 4K video resolution is the amount of space it consumes. However, Google enabled unlimited cloud storage so that you ca store videos and photos in their original size without any generation loss.

Battery:

Battery life of pixel XL fantastic as the device sports a massive 3450mAh battery with quick charging support. Google ships a hefty 18W charger in the box. The battery sustained about 14 hours, 6 minutes video loop. In spite of heavy gaming, music streaming, recording 4K videos the battery makes more than a day with a bit remaining. The quick charge support charges the battery from zero to full in just a couple of hours which is still far better than iPhone 7.

Pros:

  • Google Branding
  • Google Assistant
  • Brilliant software
  • Excellent Camera
  • Great Battery

Cons:

  • Expensive price
  • Design

Verdict:

Google Pixel XL could be a perfect replacement for the brand Nexus. The top-notch Android smartphone offering from the Google itself will surely be a rivalry for iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7. Google decision of getting into smartphone hardware is acceptable but would be more purposeful.

Undoubtedly, you’ll be getting all the updates first in town. But the question is, do we really need to pay such just for brand Google? Features like Google Assistant and such will inevitably push the limitation of Android phone.

Google Pixel XL is surely a premium smartphone with outstanding feature and is the best buy if you are looking for an alternative to iPhone.

Google Pixel smartphones now available for Pre-order on Flipkart, Promised delivery by Oct 25

After the launch of Google’s latest smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, on October 4, 2016. These smartphones grabbed a lot of attention, and everyone was eagerly waiting for the Nexus successor’s pre-booking and availability. The pricing segment of the mobile is bit high and almost double that of a nexus.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones were arriving soon in India. Before that from October 13, 2016, pre-order for these phones will be available on online retailer Flipkart. It has already listed these phones on the site with respective prices.

Google Pixel comes with a 5-inch display, and it has the best chipset in the world Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. It also has best camera a smartphone could ever have.

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Google Pixel with 32 GB storage is now available in Quite Black color variant. This is available at the price of ₹57,000 and with some exciting offers. There is another variant in Pixel, 128 GB with Quite Black color is available for ₹66,000.  When you buy Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, you can get up to ₹27,000 off on the exchange.

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Google Pixel XL is the bigger and next variant in the Pixel series. Pixel XL is also available for pre-order on Flipkart. Pixel XL comes in 5.5 inch Quad HD Display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 64-bit Processor. It comes with 4GB RAM on the board with 128GB internal storage. It comes with 3450 mAh Battery which is 25% bigger than the Pixel phone (2770 mAh Battery).

Both the phones comes with the Android’s latest OS Nougat 7.0 version. These phones are available in Quite Black and Very Silver color variants. But Google is not releasing Blue color variant in India. Soon after the launch version, Google will push two new free OTA updates for the phone.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphones Offers from Flipkart.

  • Get up to ₹27,000 off on the exchange.
  • No Cost EMIs
  • First 1000 customers to get EGV worth Rs.5,700.

Google Pixel smartphones will release on Oct 24, 2016. Now you can pre-order these handsets available from October 13.

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Google Pixel XL

Google unveiled the first smartphones Pixel and Pixel XL after dropping the brand name Nexus. As reported earlier, Google considered India as one of the launch markets for the smartphone.

Google Pixel launch event held in San Francisco on Tuesday made the platform to unleash these new creations. Google Pixel XL price in India starts at Rs. 67,000 and pre-orders for the phone set to begin 13 October.

Almost all the information leaked ahead of the launch event, and as expected, Pixel XL comes equipped with the Google Assistant. The Google Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display of 2560×1440 pixels resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protected screen.

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A 2.15 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 821 processor with Adreno 530 GPU powers the phone. The device is available in 2 internal storage variants of 32GB and 128GB with 4 gigs of RAM unit.

Google Pixel XL runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, comes with an imprint fingerprint sensor on the back. The handset sports a 12.3-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX378 sensor, a large f/2.0 aperture, 1.55-micron pixels, and PDAF. Another 8MP front facing camera is provided with a Sony IMX179 sensor, 1.4-micron pixels, and a f/2.4 aperture.

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Interestingly, Google Pixel XL smartphone comes with a 24×7 customer care feature to help to resolve real-time issues on the device. Google has provided a toll-free phone support alongside 54 service centers across 30 cities in India.

The gadget sported with three microphones and a 3.5mm audio jack. Dimensions of the device measure 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm and weighs about 168 grams. Google Pixel XL pack a powerful battery of 3450mAh which would be a perfect sync with the specs sheet.

Google Pixel XL Specs

  • 5.5-inch  (2560×1440 pixels) AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 821 processor with Adreno 530 GPU
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB / 128GB internal storage
  • 12.3MP /8MP camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm; Weight: 168g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C
  • 3450mAh battery

Google Pixel XL comes with good color options Very Silver, Quite Black, and limited edition Really Blue colors. The price for 32GB variants is Rs. 67,000 and Rs. 76,000 for 128 GB variant. Pixel XL smartphone from Google will be available on Flipkart, Croma and Reliance Digital, availability at smaller retailers will be rolled out later.