Hands-On With Google's New Flagship Pixel Smartphone

As many of you will have been expecting, today was the day that Google unveiled a whole new raft of hardware as well as some upcoming software, too. For the majority of people, the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will have been what you've been looking for, but the Chromecast Ultra and Google Home speaker shouldn't be overlooked that's for sure. In the case of the Pixel and Pixel XL, we were invited by Google to attend the launch, and have been able to spend some time with both of Google's successors to the Nexus line. Here, we're taking a look at the smaller Pixel, just as we have done the Pixel XL.

With a 5.0-inch Full HD AMOLED display, the Pixel is clearly the one device of the two that will appeal to those that are in the market for something smaller. Fans of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 5X will certainly fit in here, as too will users looking to save a little money. The Pixel features the same quad-core Snapdragon 821 and 4GB of RAM that the Pixel XL has under-the-hood, as well as the same 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 8.0-megapixel front-facing camera. In fact, the only big difference between the two here is their overall form factor, as they also share similar designs. Speaking of which, the design of both the Pixel as well as Pixel XL is no doubt going to put some users off. While it could be argued this new design is an evolution of the design that Huawei and Google worked on for the Nexus 6P, it's pretty clear that Google have had some inspiration from the iPhone here. After all, the curved edges and antenna lines certainly look familiar. However, they have included a number of touches that the iPhone, nor any other smartphone, takes into consideration. Such as the lip around the front of the phone that adds a little extra grip and colors such as "Quite Black" to cut out the fluff when naming the color of a smartphone. For the majority, it's that glass panel that works its way into the back of the device that will be the main feature, and it's certainly something that looks better in person.

Those keen on getting their hands on the new Pixel can take a look at the below pictures of it in the flesh to whet their appetite, while we're already hard at work at more content.

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Tom Dawson

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.