The much hyped Google gadget event has come and gone, and left us with an impressive haul of new gear. Here’s the coolest stuff from today’s keynote.
1) Pixel is way more than just a new Nexus
The Pixel and the Pixel XL are NOT Nexus devices. They were designed by Google to be a reflection of how the company sees the evolution of mobile moving forward.
The Pixel and Pixel XL are available in two sizes. The Pixel is 5-inches and the Pixel XL is 5.5-inches. Both contain the exact same specs—no forcing small-phone fans into a corner here—which include Snapdragon 821 processors and 12.3-Megapixel cameras. The cameras promise “no shutter lag” and promise to help users take great photos with a special HDR+ mode. Google Photos comes baked into the phone so all your photos are stored in the cloud, without any need to remove images that might take up too much space.
Notably, the Pixel and Pixel XL are the first phones to come with Google Assistant built-in, so you can tap into Google’s knowledge graph with just a long press on the home button. Both sizes will be Verizon exclusives in the United States (though you can still get one unlocked directly from Google) and start at $650 for a 32GB 5-inch device. Pre-orders are open today, and the phones will ship later this month.