Google Pixel, Pixel XL phones are up for pre-order on Flipkart from today, but it looks like not all the versions of the devices are available. Google Pixel is only available in the Quite Black colour option, while the Pixel XL is only available in 128GB storage with Quite Black colour. The colour Really Blue was not supposed to launch in India so that’s not surprising, but it looks like ‘Very Silver’ also won’t be an option for now. Google Pixel XL in 32GB version is not listed on the website either.
Google’s Pixel phones were launched on October 4, and India is one of the first batch of countries where the phones are being introduced. Google Pixel starts at Rs 57,000 for 32GB and Rs 66,000 for 128GB. Pixel XL is priced at Rs 67,000 for 32GB and Rs 76,000 for 128GB. Flipkart is offering Rs 27,000 on exchange, but we could not get the offer for a South Delhi address, although it looks like the option is live for the city of Mumbai.
Flipkart also has No Cost EMI and Interest based EMIs available for these phones, for those who are interested in these options. However the lack of colour options might be disappointing for some. Hopefully more options will come before the phone releases on October 24.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL have a 5-inch and 5.5-inch AMOLED displays with Full HD and Quad HD resolution respectively. Google Pixel phones run the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM. The storage options are 32GB and 128GB, and there’s no microSD card and this is a Single-SIM smartphone.
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. The battery is 2770 mAh on the Pixel, and Pixel XL gets a 3450 mAh battery. Google is promising 7 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging on this phone.
On the camera front, Google claims they have put the best smartphone camera in this Pixel phone, although neither device has OIS. Google is relying on EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) and its superior algorithms for better images in low-light conditions. It claims that since the camera is dependent on software it will improve over time.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL phones run the latest Android Nougat 7.1 OS and come with some exclusive features. The first is unlimited storage on Google Photos at full resolution for videos and photos. Google Photos will automatically upload all photos and videos to cloud backup at full resolution. Once the device starts running out of space, it will start deleting local copies of the same. Users will have option to download these pictures again on their device as well.
The Smart Storage will alert Google Pixel users when they are running out of space and have not used some apps in a long time, and ask them if they wish to delete the same.
Google Assistant is the highlight of the Pixel, Pixel XL phones. Long-pressing the home button starts the personal Google Assistant, which can be keep a track of daily meetings, appointments, even have a conversation with the user. Google is working on third-party integration for Assistant as well.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL phones run the new Pixel launcher as well which has some unique features. So a hard press on the phone dialer will show the recent contacts. There’s a new layout for the apps as in the Pixel launcher. However, users can change the launcher on the Pixel phones.
Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones will compete with Apple’s iPhones, and Samsung’s premier Galaxy S7 series. Google has tied up with HTC to set-up walk-in service centres for the phones, and these devices will also be available offline in Croma, Reliance Digital Stores in India as well.
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