It’s Official, Google Pixel Phones launch on October 4th and it seems Google has followed Apple in many of its aspects.
The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones launch event has been rumoured for a good month now. The event will take place in San Francisco. Though there will also be an event in London for the same purpose for all the UK-based journalists. As usual, HTC is going to be the OEM behind the phones. However, the company’s branding will not appear on the handset. The Pixel Phones are going to launch with purely Google’s tag on them.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 26, 2016
Apple, on the other hand, is likely saving all the big features for the grand launch of iPhone 8 next year as it is the occasion of the company’s 10th anniversary. That includes new OLED panels, a new chassis design, even the camera advancements and much more besides these. Nonetheless, iPhone 7 seems to be a big hit in the market as well.
Google, like Apple, didn’t change the design much in the new model. Instead, it went for a shape very familiar to Android users worldwide. A Venture Beat’s Evan Blass press delivery showed a Nexus-like device which is probably what we can expect from Google for Oct 4. The picture had a black handset with a bland, simple design. It looks almost exactly like last year’s Nexus 5X or 2014’s Nexus 5.
As far as records go in the past years, Google sticks with the same design, with the exception of Huawei built Nexus 6P of 2015. Not to mention the unpopular camera lip. The 5X had Google’s ‘signature’ phone look and it seems the same will be followed by the new pixel phones. The public reaction to the design is quite intense, some complaining how the model looks like it’s being launched in 2012.
Inside the Pixel Phones
Interestingly, OS in the picture was observed and it in no way looks like Android 7. Chances are it is the highly rumoured Pixel Launcher.
Google’s new look includes short, round icons with a white background. The same will likely go for the third party apps though that is not confirmed yet. There are some new features seen, says the Android Police reports, including the calendar app changing the icon based on the current date and more besides. This will save time as users do not have to search for the data in the apps constantly, it will update automatically.
Talking specs, both the pixel phones feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM and a 12MP rear camera sensor. The Pixel XL, or the Nexus Marlin will also feature a 5.5 inch display, pack the Snapdragon 821 and a 12MP rear camera. Not to mention a headphone jack, which will be listed as a feature too. Pixel phones will also feature USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.1 and bottom mounted speakers. Base storage for the device stands at 32GB.
Chances are Google may follow Apple’s model of simply swapping the new phones into the existing prices. Meaning the Pixel would launch at £299 for the 16GB version and £339 for the 32GB model. However, recent speculations suggest it rose up to $499 price point for the 32GB variant. With the death of Nexus, The Pixel and Pixel XL won’t feature stock Android like previous Google smartphone models did. Google will likely adopt rigorous marketing strategies this time. Whether the Google smartphones will prove to be successful Android alternatives for Apple’s iPhone 7 remains to be seen.