Camera quality, extended battery life, and a new personal assistant are the focuses of Google's first smartphone.
(CCM) — Google has long been an industry leader in internet services and online software. But at today's Google Hardware Event in San Francisco, the company unveiled an entirely new line of products that may finally give it a competitive edge in the hardware sector. While Google had a lot to offer, in terms of VR technology and a new home assistant that rivals Amazon's Echo, the real stars of the event were the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Designed and developed entirely in-house, the Pixel and Pixel XL come with an all-new Google Assistant feature, which can answer questions, respond to requests, and help users complete basic tasks. Also notable is the Pixel's 12.3 MP rear-facing camera, which offers an impressive 12.3-megapixel resolution and an f/2.0 lightning-speed aperture — all without that "unsightly camera bump." The phone also promises to hold a seven-hour battery life with just a 15-minute charge time.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will be available in black, silver, and blue models in 5-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes. Pricing for the devices ranges from $649 for the 5-inch, 32 GB model, up to $869 for the 5.5-inch, 128 GB model. All phones in the Pixel collection are available for pre-order on the Google Store starting today.
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