Google to unveil its new Google Pixel phones in October

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Google has officially announced that it will launch its host of new gadgets on October 4 and is already sending out invites having released a teaser video.

On the list of devices to be announced is the much anticipated Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, as confirmed by VentureBeat.

The Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have been built by HTC, though the company’s branding will not appear on the handset as it has in the past, with Google said to have maintained full control over the design process and manufacturing.

The Google Pixel, the smaller of the two devices, will have a 5-inch, 1080p amoled display, 12-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, a 4GB RAM, internal storage of 32GB, quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and will run on Android 7.0 Nougat. It is also said to come with a 2,770 mAh battery.

The Google Pixel XL on the other hand is rumoured to come with 5.5 inch 25560 by 144o amoled display, 12- or 13-megapixel rear and an 8-megapixel front camera, an internal storage of 32GB, expandable to 128GB with a 4GB RAM. Just like the Pixel, it will feature a quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and will run on Android 7.0 Nougat. The XL sports a 3450Mah battery.

According to Android police, users should also expect a top-mounted headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner on the rear, USB-C port on the bottom and Google DayDream VR platform.

“The phones could come in three colors: aluminum, black and bright blue colors.” Android Police

The Google Pixel is expected to have its base price at $650. Price of the Pixel XL is yet to be announced but it definitely retail at a higher price.

“The Pixel XL will have a similar quality of build and metal material to the HTC 10 while the Pixel will be made from the familiar Nexus soft-touch plastic with part metal” Nexusblog. This could possibly explain the difference in price given that the phones practically have the same features.

On the downside, the Pixel phones will not be completely water-resistant. According to realible sources the devices will be IP53(Real water resistance start at IPX5) certified, meaning they can handle a splash of water and still function but will not function on full immersion into a large pool of water.

Google ditches “Nexus” brand

Google has been producing its own android based phones under the brand name “Nexus” since 2009 but from the look of things, unveiling of the pixel phones, this is set to change.

The ‘Pixel’ label, that will now appear on all Google phones, does not come as a surprise as Google has been using it on its Chromebooks.

It is unclear why Google is ditching the “Nexus” brand but word on the street is that Google is looking to start its own production of phones and would like the devices to have a more GOOGLE feel to them which the pixel brand will help achieve as many people already identify with it through the Chromebook.

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