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Why You Should Be Excited About the Upcoming Google Pixel Smartphones

The new Google Pixel smartphones?
The new Google Pixel smartphones?

3 Key Exciting Features of the Upcoming Google Pixel Phones

As we reported earlier, Google’s newest flagship smartphones called the Pixel Sailfish and Marlin, will be launched on October 4. There are already several teasers and leaks out there which kinda makes it confusing what the Pixel smartphones are all about. We sifted and dug through all of them to unearth the three key main features of the devices so that we all have a clearer idea of what to expect.

Android Nougat 7.1 with the Pixel Launcher

Gone is the “Nexus” branding and we’re now going with “Pixel”. Just like the previous Nexus devices, the Pixel line-up will get Android updates first. Other brands like Samsung, LG, ASUS, etc will need time (sometimes months) before they update the latest Android OS because they have to match it to theirs.

What’s exciting about Android Nougat 7.1 which ships out of the box with the Pixel devices? The new Pixel Launcher which promises a fresher and more intuitive user experience. Check it out in the video we’ve embedded above.

Daydream VR

Google is going all-in with mobile VR. The new Pixel smartphones will be equipped with optimised sensors and minimum specifications to meet the highest quality VR experience with the Google Daydream reference program. What’s the point of the tech if there’s no content? Well Google has said that it has been working with a lot of content creators so that we’ll be seeing immersive VR applications once the Pixel devices launch on October 4. Won’t be surprised if they will tap a lot of the top International YouTubers to create Daydream VR content as well as the top game apps makers.

Flagship Specifications

Lastly, unlike Nexus devices which just had barely competitive specs (with the exception of the 6P), the Pixel devices can go head-on with the very best in the industry. Just take a look at the leaked specifications below. They all promise to be monstrous powerhouse devices.

Google Pixel (Nexus “Sailfish”)

  • 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor
  • Adreno 530 graphics processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5-inch FHD AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, 4K video
  • 8-megapixel front camera, 4K video
  • Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 2770mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0

Google Pixel XL (Nexus “Marlin”)

  • 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor
  • Adreno 530 graphics processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 2560 x 1440 resolution
  • 32GB or 64GB internal storage
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, 4K video
  • 8-megapixel front camera, 4K video
  • Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 3450mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0

The Pixel and Pixel XL are rumored to have an IP53 certification. This means that the devices will be safe from “dust damage” but it’s not 100% water resistant or even splash proof. It’s supposed to be slightly better at taking on accidental (but very minor) water splashes but that’s kinda hard to quantify so best to just avoid water altogether if you’re getting a Pixel smartphone.

The Google Pixel smartphones are set to be announced this coming October 4 alongside at 4K Streaming Chromecast and hopefully the Google Daydream VR gear (headset and remote control).

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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