Google Unveils All New Pixel and Pixel XL Smartphones

Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are finally official, although yesterday’s massive leaks gave out all the juicy details about the new devices ahead of today’s keynote event in San Francisco.

Although the two smartphones are built by HTC, Google is taking full credit for their design with explicit ‘made by Google’ branding. Both the 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL feature latest Snapdragon 821 processors and run a specialized version of Google’s Android software.


Rick Osterloh, Google’s recently hired hardware chief said, “The Pixel name has always represented the best in hardware and software, designed and built by Google, together.” During the keynote, Google highlighted the five key points for the new Pixel phones i.e. Google Assistant, a new camera experience, unlimited cloud storage, fast charging and Daydream View VR headset compatibility.

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The phones are made out of aluminum with a big glass window at the back, surrounding the camera, flash, and the fingerprint sensor dubbed Pixel Imprint. The Pixel XL has a 3,450mAh battery and the Pixel has a 2,770mAh battery. Both displays are AMOLED, both devices have 4GB of RAM, USB-C, a choice of 32GB or 128GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Just in case you’re wondering the Pixel’s design looks familiar, the following images should explain it.

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Google’s Pixel smartphone pricing in Canada starts at $899 for the smaller 5-inch model with 32GB of storage, which is available for preorder today at the Google Store, and through Bell, Rogers, Telus, Fido, Koodoo and Best Buy Canada. That number scales up to $1,179 for the XL with 128GB storage, same price as the iPhone 7 Plus 128GB. You can choose between black and silver colours, with an exclusive “really blue” option for Verizon in the US.

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  • swotam

    Well, I guess if you want an iPhone that runs Android, this is the phone for you. Of course, for the price, you’re better off just buying an iPhone…

  • FragilityG4

    It will be interesting to use the fingerprint reader with a case on even with a cutout.

  • Riddlemethis

    Android users are in a major dismay right now. This will be two years in a row that Google made an epic fail of their flagship phones. The pricing is what baffled everyone. If the pricing was a lot better and there were ample third party suppliers of accessories, the pricing wouldn’t be much of a detriment. If you have any warranty issues, you have to send the device back to Google. If that’s the case, why not go for a beta device like the One Plus line?

    As such, these in s ane pricing scheme will make it much easier for people to consider buying other Android devices like Sony, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and of course Apple. There might be even some deals on the Note 7 when it makes it re-debut.

    Any way, with this pattern by Google of throwing ideas against a wall like they were spaghetti and seeing what sticks, don’t be surprised to see Google do what they do best: abandon having Google phones.

  • Riddlemethis

    Dude, what an arrogant and presumption comment. You haven’t even done a side-by-side comparison with an iPhone in terms of performance and camera. FWIW, it doesn’t look like an iPhone either.

  • Riddlemethis

    you can only get a case I am sure from Google, nowhere else, not even in China.

  • Dominic

    I think it could work, the design is unique and the specifications boast an unparalleled standard in excellence. They have kept what was essential like an audio jack and no camera bump ; two of the biggest design flaws made by Apple. They have features like the purity of an uninfluenced Android system. It’s simpler and more continuous than ever. It makes sense and reduces the need for downloading a bunch of third party syncing apps. Plus as someone who loved Apple a lot I feel like this is the straw that broke the camels back for someone like me. I spent over a grand on my 6S 128gb last year including warranty. All I wanted with it was a case and screen protector. Two things I love the most. No need for a continuous data connection, Google Maps, Music and many other applications understand that not everybody has a data plan and thusly shouldn’t be forced to have a reduction in quality due to their offline tendencies. And you’d think not having data would save my battery but I barely make it past a day with my iPhone ; this device’s software integrated would save me a MASSIVE need to be constantly tethered. And when I do I just charge the PIXEL for minutes and I’d be back on my feet like nothing. I feel like this phone isn’t for the frugal hearted. For those individuals Motorola G4’s nearly identical to stock Android software should make it a compelling phone to acquire for the purists on a budget.

  • Danny Cheung

    This article should be in androidincanada not iPhoneincanada. I go to both sites and find my android updates is best found here. Ditch the androidincanada website if you’re not going to use it the way it’s intended. This site should just be called techincanada.

  • FragilityG4

    I agree. Ditch the Android all together.

  • FragilityG4

    You can’t honestly say that if you were to remove the fingerprint scanner from the back and put it in the front that it doesn’t look strikingly similar to the iPhone. Not to mention the antenna lines.

  • FragilityG4

    Above is an essay on optimism. Oops I made him mad … C’est la vie

  • Kevin D.

    You can’t say it doesn’t look like an iPhone, google is mocking apple so hard on this one loll. And let’s not talk about performance… lol geekbench benchmarks have been leaked for a while now and the results are way lower than the iPhone7.

    Pixel XL
    Single-core score: 1561
    Multi-core score: 4176

    iPhone 7 Plus
    Single-core score: 3302
    Multi-core score: 5338

    And google advertised the camera as being the best by DxOMark with a score of 89 vs the iPhone 7 at 86, but they haven’t scored the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 6S score 82, the 6S Plus 84 and honestly the difference between the 7 and 7 Plus camera is greater than the difference between the 6S and 6S Plus so I would really like to see DxOMark rate the 7 Plus, but then again, money buys everything, which could be the reason why it’s not listed loll

  • Biggy604

    Not really Amazon already has cases for this phone. Guess what? Those cases aren’t made by google. So the Chinese knockoff cases will come soon enough. Especially when the cut out is so small its simular to the cases that have a cut out for the apple logo on certain iPhone Cases.