Google Pixel Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick verdict

Google’s original Pixel brought Google Assistant and Google's software-first take on what a smartphone could be to the world.

Pros

  • Fast performance
  • Smart Camera
  • Android Nougat
  • Google Assistant

Cons

  • Plain design
  • No expandable memory
  • No water resistance
  • The creepy side of Google Assistant
  • No expandable memory

Google Pixel at a glance

When did the Google Pixel come out? Available in Australia in October 2016.
What’s new about the Google Pixel? Google's first "Pixel" phone, Snapdragon 821, Google Assistant
How much does the Google Pixel cost? Originally priced from $1079 in Australia

Google switched tracks away from cheaper Nexus phones to the Google Pixel in 2016, and it's gone from strength to strength since.

Prior to 2016, if you wanted a Google phone, you bought a phone called a "Nexus". Originally priced at the mid-range despite having premium specifications, Nexus devices crept up into the full price bracket before Google killed the line entirely in favour of Pixel-branded phones, tablets and Chromebooks.

The Google Pixel was Google's first Pixel-branded phone, alongside the larger Pixel XL handset. It was a highly-anticipated handset, and one with a distinctly Google flavour to it, thanks to the clean UI design, incorporation of the Google Assistant and specific focus on cloud-based storage.

Design

  • Very plain design
  • Lacks headphone socket.

Camera

  • Good low-light performance for a single lens camera

Performance

  • Snapdragon 821 was a flagship in its time
  • Google Assistant showed off Google's AI ambitions
  • No water resistance

Battery life

  • 2770mAh battery typical for flagships of its time
  • Lacks wireless charging

Verdict

  • Pure Google, but there are newer Pixels to contend with for the fans.

Pricing and availability

Google Pixel

Google's first Pixel phone

The Google Pixel was Google's first inhouse phone under the Pixel branding, complete with Google Assistant and a very smart camera indeed.

Promoted
  • The Google Pixel originally sold in Australia outright from $1079.
  • The Google Pixel was originally available from Telstra on contract plan terms.
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OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441
Processor Snapdragon 821
Height (mm) 143.8
Width (mm) 69.5
Depth (mm) 8.5
Weight (g) 143
Battery size (mAh) 2,770
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 32GB
128GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance IP53
Rear camera (1) resolution 12.3
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.4
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 12
NFC support Yes
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Updated November 19th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 835
6
2880 x 1440
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 821
5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
Snapdragon 835
5
1920 x 1080
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 821
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
128GB
Snapdragon 845
5.5
2160 x 1080
64GB
128GB
Snapdragon 845
6.3
1440x2960
64GB
128GB

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