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This is the Google Pixel — Google’s new flagship smartphone

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Goodbye Nexus, Hello Pixel! Google finally made its newest batch of smartphones official at its annual conference in the USA, and they now go by the name of Pixel as opposed to the usual Nexus line of smartphones.


The new Pixel smartphone features a brand new home screen UI that literally takes on the definition of an app drawer — you’d have to swipe up to see all your phone’s installed applications, emulating a drawer-like instance. On the software side, it runs on a specialized version of the newly-released Android 7.1 Nougat, and features a fully-integrated Google Assistant all throughout the device and support for Daydream, the internet search giant’s virtual reality platform.

Google also touts the 12.3-megapixel rear camera with astounding quality as it has apparently received a score of 89 from DXOMark, a leading imaging benchmarking group, topping the three-way-tied champs HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, and Sony Xperia X Performance on the list.

The Pixel sports a top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip coupled with 4GB of RAM. Its fast charging capabilities, on the other hand, is said to last up to 7 hours with just a fifteen-minute charge.

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Taiwanese tech giant HTC got the dibs in manufacturing both the Pixel and its larger brother, the Pixel XL, but all of the design were made by Google, thus literally announcing its own foray into the smartphone world and competing against the likes of LG, Samsung, and Huawei — makers of their Nexus devices.

Google Pixel specs:
5-inch AMOLED display @ 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
2.15GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
Adreno 530
32GB, 128GB internal storage
12.3 MP f/2.0 PDAF rear camera with dual tone LED Flash, OIS
8 MP, f/2.0 front camera
Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/a
Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint scanner
Gyro Sensor
Android 7.1 Nougat
2770mAh Li-Ion battery with Quick Charge


As a treat, Google is offering unlimited image storage for owners of the new device via its Google Photos app. The Pixel is set to hit the US in Quite Black, Really Blue, and Very Silver colors with a US$649 (~Php31,300) price tag for the 32GB version and US$749 (~Php36.250) for the 128GB variant. We’ve yet to see if this will arrive in our shores, so stay tuned.

Note: This article originally communicated that the Pixel has microSD card expansion. This part has been corrected.

Get in touch with Carl at @lamielcarl on Twitter or visit his website for more updates!

24 Responses

  1. kaushal says:

    hello can u plz help me, where i can buy google pixel 32 gb here in philippines…

  2. mR.meRceR says:

    Nanuod ako ng mga review nito and i agree with them..you can never appreciate a phone by just looking at its appearance and pricetag..the camera is surprisingly superb..it can compete against other flagships..included dn sa package nya ang otg adaptor na type c plug..and FYI lng po..mrming concern sa price ng pixel pero pg apple wlang reklamo..wg po tau mcydo bmabase sa pricetag at sa specs on paper..

  3. jim staff says:

    Hindi naman to review. Kapag may unit na ang yuga, first impressions article muna tapos sunod na yung full/comprehensive review. Ngayon mo lang ba napuntahan tong site? Another thing, flagship phone kaya flagship price. How do you expect people with a budget of less than 10k buy these phones in this price range? Kung saan aabot ang budget, syempre dun lang.

    • Horry says:

      Syempre implied na dun yung mga ‘may budget’. Kaya nga binanggit ko yung Samsung and LG diba?

      Okay, my bad kung hindi ito review. Nagsearch kasi ako tapos isa to sa top hit. And no, matagal na akong nagbabasa kaya naaasar na ako.

  4. Horry says:

    Hindi mainspire magkaroon dito kasi pina patronize nyo yung mga bulok, substandard android phones c/o samsung, lenovo, cherry, atbp. Wala tuloy market! Hilig kasi magsettle for less.

    Plus, hindi to review. Sinabi lang yung mga specs, review na. Ang pangit talaga magsulat ng Yugatech!

  5. Alamat says:

    sana magkaroon din ang pinas nyan .. i want to buy it!

  6. Atlas says:

    Mag kakaroon po kaya nyan sa pinas???blak ko kcing bumili eh

  7. Denise Ganda says:

    mahal siya. di ko yan afford. sayang :(

  8. Raymond says:

    It is not Optically Stabilized, it is EIS.. hahaha..

  9. google drive for the expandable option for this google phone hahah

  10. amanos says:

    huwaw! hanep. ayaw patalo nito sa sony xperia phones.. sa palakihan ng bezels. haha!

  11. Ganda nito, pagiipunan ko ‘to <3

  12. el gato says:

    “2770mAh is more than enough if you can get 7 hours from a 15 minute charge. KUng wala ka nang ginawa kung hindi tumutok sa smartphone buong araw eh di magcharge ka habang kumakain ng lunch or snack.”
    double charging sa phone at sa owner? ;)

  13. Jacobson says:

    Please double check the expandable storage, because one of the biggest disappointments of /r/android is that the Pixel has NO expandable storage.

  14. Hi Carl, I believe the Google Pixel does not support storage expansion. For your checking please, anyways great review overall. Thank you!

  15. yowza says:

    I thought walang expandable storage option ang Pixel?

    May microSD card slot ba?

  16. Nty says:

    2770mAh? No, thank you.

    • pastilan says:

      Literally means “USD 749? No, thank you.” :D

    • Kurimaw says:

      No? because you don’t have enough money to afford?

    • yowza says:

      Did you read the article?

      “Its fast charging capabilities, on the other hand, is said to last up to 7 hours with just a fifteen-minute charge.”

      2770mAh is more than enough if you can get 7 hours from a 15 minute charge. KUng wala ka nang ginawa kung hindi tumutok sa smartphone buong araw eh di magcharge ka habang kumakain ng lunch or snack.

    • naka kita ka lang ng 2770 no thank you agad? haha
      sabagay di mo lang naintindihan

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