Google Pixel, Pixel XL India pre-bookings start October 13: All your questions answered before you buy

Google Pixel, Pixel XL pre-orders to start in India from October 13, here is all you need to know before buying the devices

Written by Shruti Dhapola | San Francico | Updated: October 5, 2016 4:09 pm
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Google Pixel, Pixel XL, the first ‘Made by Google’ smartphones, have now been announced. Google is bringing these phones to India as well during the launch phase and the pre-orders start from October 13. Both phones are made by Google and don’t have any other OEM’s branding. Here are all your questions on Google Pixel, Pixel XL phones answered.

What are Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones? What are the specifications?

Google Pixel and Pixel XL come with a 5-inch and 5.5-inch AMOLED displays with Full HD and Quad HD resolution. The Google phones are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM. The storage options are 32GB and 128GB.

Both Pixel smartphones come with a 12.3MP rear camera with large 1.55 micron pixels and f/2.0 aperture. It has features like HDR + and Smartburst. The phones support 4K recording and have video-stabilisation as well. The front camera is 8 MP.

Watch our first look of the Google Pixel

Google Pixel and Pixel XL have a Pixel imprint fingerprint sensor on the back, and use USB-C port for charging. Pixel comes with a 2,770mAh battery, while Pixel XL gets a bigger 3,450mAh battery.

The phones come in three colours: Black, Blue and Silver. Blue is limited edition bit and it appears to be sold out in the US already. Both phones are a single-SIM and there is no microSD card.

When are the Google Pixel phones coming to India and what is the pricing?

Google Pixel, Pixel XL launch in India in October and the pre-orders start on October 13 on Flipkart. Reliance Digital, Croma stores will also have the new Pixel smartphones. Pricing starts at Rs 57,000 for 32GB version and Rs 66,000 for 128GB. Pixel XL is Rs 67,000 for 32GB and Rs 76,000 for 128GB. So yes, these are expensive devices, though still cheaper than the new iPhone 7 in India.

Read: Google Pixel, Pixel XL price, features, specifications: India pre-bookings from Oct 13 at Rs 57,000 onwards

What about software on the Google Pixel phones?

Google Pixel devices run the Android Nougat 7.1 update and have some exclusive features which you won’t get on any other Android phone, including Nexus. For instance, long pressing on the home button will open up the Google Assistant which is exclusive to Pixel. Google Assistant is exactly like it is on Google Allo app, and it will do tasks for you like setting alarms, give news updates, search for movies close by, etc.

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Google Pixel phones have their own launcher as well with a redesigned app drawer, a new G search bar with only the G logo on top. There’s also no Hangouts app on the Pixel phones and it comes with Allo and Duo installed.

Also Google Pixel users get unlimited storage space for their photos. They can store photos in full resolution, even 4K video on Google Photos. If a user starts running out space on the device, photos will deleted from the device itself and instead backed-up on the cloud, and can be accessed via the Google Photos app. The resolution won’t be lowered.

So what about servicing, etc? Who takes care of that?

This is a Made by Google phone and so the servicing will be taken care of by them. Google Pixel phones have a Support option the settings and users will be able to chat with customer care representatives from the phone itself. They have the option of sharing screen to point a problem and the customer care rep will be able to point out exactly what they should do to resolve it.

Read: Google Pixel, Pixel XL First Impressions: The ‘real’ Google smartphones

Pixel users will have access to a toll free phone support number along with over 50 walk-in service centres across 30+ cities in India, says Google.

Disclaimer: The correspondent is in San Francisco at the invite of Google India.