Google unveils Google Pixel smartphone

New lineup of smartphones

Google unveils Google Pixel smartphone

Google has unveiled a new line of Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Prices will start at $649 or $27 a month from the Google Store. Pre-orders start today in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Germany. India pre-orders will start from October 13th.

The phone comes with the new built-in Google Assistant software. Similar to Siri, users can ask Google Assistant questions.

Google Assistant can be used to search for people, dates, photos, events, local restaurants and act as a route planner. It can also be used to play music from YouTube by the user asking for the song.

Google Assistant can also translate speech into text for messaging contacts.

Snap happy

Google Pixel comes with a 12.3 mega pixel rear-facing camera, which it claimed was the best camera on a smartphone ever, having received a score of 89 from DxOMark Mobile.

The firm also claimed it has a shorter capture time for taking photos than any other smartphone it has tested. The video stabilisation mode meanwhile means users can steady video recordings - even if the phone is not completely still.

Pixel owners will get free unlimited photo and video storage at full resolution.

Mobile power

The smartphone will come in black, silver and blue colours.

Interestingly, the phone's battery is able to get a seven hour battery life from just a 15 minute charge.

Google Pixel specs are:

  • Hi-definition AMOLED Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • Quad Core 2x 2.15GHZ/2x 1.6GHX Processor
  • Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor
  • 32GB or 128GB models
  • 3.55mm headphone jack.

Google Pixel can also be used with the new Google Daydream View virtual reality headset.

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Craig Chapple is a freelance analyst, consultant and writer with specialist knowledge of the games industry. He has previously served as Senior Editor at, as well as holding roles at Sensor Tower, Nintendo and Develop.