Google Pixel is the first smartphone to be designed and built entirely by Google. It offers a premium design and is in direct competition with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7. Google Pixel also boasts of the best phone camera ever. Google Pixel 2 is the 2017 refresh of the pixel smartphone.
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The First Google Phone
The Google Pixel is not the first smartphone to be connected to Google. Google had previously partnered with mobile phone makers like LG and HTC to build Nexus phones that offer highend features at competitive prices.
Google also used its AndroidOne program to partner with phone makers to build entry level phones for emerging markets. The Infinix Hot 2 was the first AndroidOne phone to launch in Africa.
However, Google Pixel is built from the ground up by Google. It is a premium phone competing with the likes of the iPhone 7. Google Pixel offers a premium aluminium body with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back. It will be available in Blue, Silver, and Blue.
Google Pixel also features a fingerprint sensor on the back.
Google Pixel sports a 5.0-inch AMOLED Display. It offers 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, which at 441 ppi should look brilliant.
Google Pixel was rated 89 by DxOMark, giving it the highest ranking phone camera ahead of cameras on smartphones like the HTC 10 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The camera offers a 12.3 megapixels sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
The camera boasts of a great low light performance with features like dual-LED flash, phase detection autofocus, HDR, and Panorama. Google Pixel also supports 4k video recording and offers an 8 megapixels front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
The Google Assistant
Google Pixel will be the first smartphone to support Google Assistant, which is Google’s artificial intelligence powered natural language digital assistant that will be competing with the likes of Cortana from Microsoft and Siri from Apple.
The Google Assistant is focused on getting people to easily find information without typing. For example, you can just tell your phone to locate the nearest ATM machine or hospital. This AI powered Assistant will also drive the Google Home device.
Hardware and Software
Google Pixel ships with Android 7.1 (Nougat) and will get software and security updates as soon as they become available. This is probably one of the biggest selling points of the Pixel. If you are tired on waiting for Android updates, the Google Pixel might be a great choice.
The Android smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset. It is the state of the art SOC with two powerful dual-core processors clocked at 21.5GHz and 1.6GHz respectively. Google Pixel comes with 4GB RAM with 32GB or 128GB built-in storage. The smartphone does not support memory cards.
It offers dual-band Wi-Fi with support for 4G LTE that offers download speed of up to 300 Mbps. Google Pixel sports USB Type C as well as Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and a Barometer.
Google Pixel comes with a 2770 mAh Li-ion battery. The phone offers fast charging which can deliver up to 7 hours of use with just 15 minutes of charge.
The Google Pixel is ready for virtual reality with support for Google Daydream VR set.
Pricing and availability
Google Pixel is not yet available in Ghana and Kenya, but you can buy it from Jumia Nigeria. The Google Pixel launched initially in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia. It has a starting price of $649 in the US. Pre-order started in India on October 13, 2016.
It is not clear whether the Google Pixel will launch officially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Google Pixel Price in Nigeria ranges from 222,000 Naira to 450,000 Naira, depending on your location. Price in Kenya should start at around 70,000 KSh and price in Ghana should start at around 2625 GH₵.
Google Pixel Specs
Here are a few specs of the Google Pixel:
- Platform: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
- Processor: Quad-core Processor: 2.15GHz dual-core and 1.6GHz dual-core (Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821)
- GPU: Adreno 530
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Colours: Very Silver, Quite Black, Really Blue
- Dimension: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 143 g
- SIM Type: Nano SIM
- SIM Count: Single SIM
- Display: 5.0-inch AMOLED Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441ppi)
- Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Rear Camera: 12.3MP Camera, 2160p ultra HD 4k Video
- Rear Camera Features: Phase detection Autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, HDR, Panorama
- Front Camera: 8MP Camera, 1080p HD Video
- Built-in Storage: 32GB or 128GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.2, LE, A2DP
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, Type-C 1.0 reversible
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Maps: –
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: No
- Barometer: Yes
- SpO2: No/li>
- Pedometer: No
- Heart Rate Monitor: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mics)
- Virtual Reality Ready: Yes (Google DayDream set)
- Wireless Charging: No
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: 2770 mAh Li-ion Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –