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Google’s IPhone-Killing Pixels Have Arrived

Google’s iPhone-Killing Pixels Have Arrived

Google has finally announced this year’s flagship phones – the Pixel and Pixel XL.

I like Google’s approach to this year’s phones primarily because they are identical specs, except for the screen size. There is no compromise if you want a smaller device.

Google Pixel Phones

Both devices have impressive specs:

Aerospace-grade aluminum unibody
Glass shade with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4


Display Characteristics
100% NTSC
100000:1, super contrast ratio
True black level
Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
Less than 40% brightness decrease at 30 degree viewing angle

32 or 128GB

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 (MSM8996 pro)
Quad Core 2x 2.15GHz / 2x 1.6GHz

Main Camera
Large 1.55μm pixels
Phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus
f/2.0 Aperture

Front Camera
1.4µm pixels
f/2.4 Aperture
Fixed focus

The camera on the Pixel and Pixel XL is what sold me on the device. DxOMark gave the Pixel the highest rating ever for a smartphone, beating even the mighty Apple iPhone 7.

With an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 89, pixel, the latest Google smartphone, is the highest-rated smartphone camera we have ever tested. Its image quality scores are impressive across the board, but it is particularly strong in providing a very high level of detail from its 12.3MP camera, with relatively low levels of noise for every tested lighting condition. It also provides accurate exposures with very good contrast and white balance, as well as fast autofocus.

Sample photo gallery (Disclaimer: Photography provided by Google)


In addition to the amazing camera, the Pixel comes with unlimited, full-resolution Google Drive storage and a free Google Daydream View virtual reality (VR) headset. I have already placed an order for the 128GB Pixel and will have a review (hopefully a video review) once it arrives.

And of course, it comes with a headphone jack.

What do you think of Google’s latest flagship?

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