If you’ve been following the rumour mill you know that the Google has changed the names of its Nexus Phones to Pixel. The phones, codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, will be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. They’re specs had already been leaked along with detailed renders by various tech websites. They were also rumoured to be hitting the marketplace this October and now we have confirmation from Google. The Pixel phones will be launching in October 4th.
The video above just shows the Google search bar morphing in to the candy bar shape of a modern smartphone. There is also no mention of the Nexus logo, meaning that the brand name has officially been changed. The Nexus twitter account has also tweeted the same video with the hashtag #madebygoogle.
The Pixel phones will run Android 7.0/7.0.1/7.1 Nougat out of the box; they will be the first phones to do so.
The Pixel, codenamed the Sailfish, will have a 5.2-inch full 1080p HD Super AMOLED display and a plastic frame. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor and the Adreno 530 GPU with 4 GB of RAM. It will have a 12-megapixel rear camera with 4K recording and an 8-megapixel front facing snapper for selfies. It’ll come complete with a 3,000 mAh battery.
The Pixel XL, codenamed the Marlin, will have mostly the same specs. It will have a bigger 5.5-inch 1440p display and a steel frame. It will probably run a Snapdragon 820/821 processor and have a 3,450 mAh battery. Both phones will have a 32 GB base model going up to 64 GB.
The phones will also have Google Fi, a system developed by Google to intelligently switch between 3G/4G and Wifi depending on signal strength in the USA and some European countries.
The Pixel devices are supposed to be the beginning of a new approach by Google. Though reports have pointed to HTC making the devices there is a lot of buzz that Google will have a lot more say in how the devices are made, essentially making sure that the hardware-software integration is much smoother.
Google’s new approach is welcome because it will result in the manufacture of much more efficient phones. The one gripe Android users have always had is that the RAM and power management of Android handsets has been inferior to the iPhone. End to end control simply allows for a better sync between hardware and software. It’s the reason that Apple is only now introducing 3 GB of RAM to its iPhones and still powers its biggest handset, the iPhone 7 Plus with a 3,250 mAh battery.
The Pixel phones are rumoured to start from $649 but there is also a rumoured financing option. Google is also reportedly offering damage coverage and an extra year’s warranty for $99 for the Pixel and $119 for the Pixel XL.