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Google Pixel Review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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

5 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

32GB, 128GB

Internal storage

12.3 MP

Rear camera

2,770 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
441 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.3MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
143.8mm x 69.5mm x 8.5mm
Weight
143g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 821
RAM
4
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
32GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
2,770mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP53
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$1,079
Launch date2016-10
Google Pixel

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

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

  • Price: RRP $399
  • Where to buy: eBay | JB Hi-Fi

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Google Pixel specs

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
441 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.3MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.4

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
143.8mm x 69.5mm x 8.5mm
Weight
143g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 12

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 821
RAM
4
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
32GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
2,770mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP53
Wireless charging
No

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