Google unveils its Pixel smart phone

San Francisco: Google launched its much-anticipated Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones at a keynote event on October 4 in San Francisco.

Pixel has been crafted by HTC, and the series are the first to come without any Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) branding.

India is one of the launch markets for the phone. Starting at a price of Rs 57,000, pre-orders for Pixel are set to begin on October 13. The phone will be available at Flipkart, Reliance Digital and Croma as well as retailers, with a retail availability at the “end of October,” according to Google.

Pixel and Pixel XL feature aluminium and glass frames, and come in Quite Black and Very Silver. Both the smartphones would run on Android 7.1 Nougat operating system out of the box.

Featuring Google Assistant, already present in Allo messaging app, users only need to touch and hold the home button to activate it. The handsets also feature the new Pixel launcher, and Google Duo video messaging app.

The Google Pixel sports a 5-inch full-HD Amoled display and the Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD Amoled display – both with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It also has an integrated Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor at the back. Both the models will be available with almost identical innards except the screen size and battery size.

The smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB RAM and comes in two storage variants – 32GB and 128GB.

Pixel XL has an 8MP front-facing camera and a 12.3MP rear camera.

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