Google made a huge announcement on Tuesday, announcing that the company would design its own smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL. The company had previously produced its own Android-based phones for years under the “Nexus” brand.
The new Pixel and Pixel XL are already available for preorder and start at $649 in the colors black, blue, and silver. They will be available exclusively in the U.S. through Verizon.
The phones sport 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays respectively and are powered by Snapdragon 821 processors and 4GB of RAM. They also include 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, a 2770mAh battery for the Pixel and a 3450mAh battery for the Pixel XL with a polished aluminum case paired with a small glass pane on the back. According to Google, the 12-megapixel rear-facing camera includes HDR+, which enables the Pixel to capture significantly more light than other cameras.
“And there’s no unsightly camera bump,” added Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware.
Pixel and Pixel XL will be the first smartphones to come with Google Assistant built in when they launch.
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