Google Pixel and Pixel XL – No Nexus concessions or iPhone prices

Oct

5

2016

The Nexus smartphones can rely on a lot of attention at Tweakers. Nexus 5 has acquired a legendary status, but not everyone was completely convinced first of the Nexus 5X by the somewhat high initial price for Nexus concepts, is the now affordable smartphone firmly in the top 5 of the most popular handsets in the Price Watch . The Nexus 6P still at the highest echelons of the populairiteitslijst, after several Samsung and Apple devices.

Tonight there are two new Google phones were presented, as did all the rumors suggest, Google Nexus series has turned the neck. The company wants to make a fresh start and the concept is also different from Nexus. As the Nexus devices are often competitively priced and delivered sometimes even there what kind, such as in the case of the mediocre camera performance and battery life of the Nexus 5. The Pixel phones are just as high priced as the iPhone were 7 and 7 plus, so you can expect top performance without sacrificing the hardware and build quality. But whether the pixel despite the lovely specification and likely performance Nexus can forget the question.

As mentioned, there are two smartphones introduced by Google; Pixel and Pixel XL. The differences between these two smartphones are very small. The pixel has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and pixel XL has a screen of 5.5 inches with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. The battery capacity of the Pixels XL is obviously larger. Below you will find an overview of the specifications of both devices in comparison to the Nexus smartphones last year.

appliance Pixel Nexus 5X pixel XL Nexus 6P
Screen 5 ”
1920×1080
oLED 5,2 ”
1920×1080
LCD 5,5 ”
2560×1440
oLED 5,7 ”
2560×1440
oLED
Dimensions 143,8×69,5×8,6mm
143g 147×72,6×7,9mm
136g 154,7×75,7×8,6mm
168g 159,3×77,8×7,3mm
178g
bezels 33,12mm
7,25mm
69.0% 31,90mm
7,85mm
69.8% 32,96mm
7,22mm
71.2% 33,13mm
6,83mm
72.3%
Soc Snapdragon 821
Adreno 530 GPU Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU Snapdragon 821
Adreno 530 GPU Snapdragon 810
Adreno 430 GPU
Memory 4GB 2GB LPDDR3 4GB 3GB lpddr4
Warehousing 32 / 128GB 16 / 32GB EMMC 32 / 128GB 32 / 64GB
cameras Rear: 12,3MP, 1,55μ, f / 2.0
For: 8MP Rear: 12,3MP, 1,55μ, f / 2.0
Front: 5MP Rear: 12,3MP, 1,55μ f / 2.0
For: 8MP Rear: 12,3MP, 1,55μ, f / 2.0
For: 8MP
Battery 2770mAH 2700mAh 3450mAh 3450mAh
Price at release Approximately 759 Euros From 479 euro Approximately 899 Euros From 649 euros
Another difference with the Nexus phones is that Google now offers its own direct support for Pixel smartphones, where you can directly speak to a Google employee. That is visible as a tab in the Settings menu.

Housing

Our first impression of the build quality of the pixel smart phones is very good. Although Google phones in their own words completely designed himself, HTC has manufactured the devices. Following our first bepotelingen they seem to have done a good job. The buttons feel solid and are not pressing too easy and the metal casing is very sturdy. On the back of the aircraft especially the glass portion falls at the top on. This is partly an aesthetic choice, but it also serves to improve the reception of the antennas. On the back also is the fingerprint scanner. It reacts smoothly, although we sometimes have experienced faster scanner.

Pixel and Pixel XL are fine in the hand by the rounded edges on the back. The handle is somewhat comparable to a recent iPhone, but the device is a bit thicker. Maybe not the camera which is slightly thicker casing sticks out and that is always nice. There is no place for a second SIM card or a micro SD card into the housing.

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Hardware

As for hardware, there is also something interesting to say. The Pixel smartphones both running on a Snapdragon 821 SoC from Qualcomm. This is a bit faster than the Snapdragon 820 we again found in high-end phones that came out in the spring, such as the HTC 10 , LG G5 , Xiaomi Mi5 and OnePlus 3 . The clock speed of the two faster cores of the Snapdragon 821 running at 2.4GHz, compared 2,15GHz the Snapdragon 820. the slower-efficient cores are clocked higher, from 1,59GHz to 2,19GHz, which according to Qualcomm SoC is still five percent more efficient. The Pixel phones are not the first with the SoC. As Asus was the Zenfone 3 Deluxe, the first with the chip and running the Mi5s Plus Xiaomi also on the Snapdragon 821.

In practice it works Pixel smartphones particularly quick and smooth and we encountered no hiccups with our hands-on session. We therefore expect no appliances at this price level. The Pixel phones have also an OLED screen, which gave a good first impression with good viewing angles and on the naked eye decent color reproduction. OLED is a prerequisite for Daydream and Pixel phones are also the first devices that support this virtual reality platform from Google. So you can stop in also announced Daydream View the glasses Pixels. Since the pixels are, however, likely soon no longer unique, because there are soon more devices with support for Daydream according to Google.

Software

As said Google has the pixel line a different approach than the Nexus phones. This is also reflected in the software. This is no longer strictly stock Android, because there is now a private Pixel launcher. Somewhere that is a bit strange as Android as intended by Google will get an additional Google twist. The Pixel Launcher is intended for Pixel phones and is in any case for the time being not to Nexus smartphones according to Google.

The phones run on Android 7.1 and it does look different from the Android Nougat we in our review recently discussed. For example, all icons around and can now open the drawer app through from bottom to top to swipe from the lower part of the screen. Also, shortcuts are added to apps, you get out by a long press on an app.

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The software features specifically for Google Pixel, however, tend to focus on photography. So Google Introduces Smart Storage, which ensures that you always keep space on your phone by old photos and app data to remove all stored in the cloud of the unit. There is also Smart Burst, which quickly many pictures are taken when the shutter button is pressed and the best sought out. Convenient, but we know these functions all over the competition. One more distinctive feature that you get with the Pixel smartphones is that you can store countless photos and videos in original quality in Google Photos, and that comes to many useful we think.

Something Pixel smartphones further distinguishes Google’s new smart assistant, called entirely appropriate wizard. In chat app Allo was already a preview them find and also the Google home device receives the same assistant. You can call assistant by saying “OK Google” or the Home button to press long. As with Siri Cortana of Apple and Microsoft, it is possible to enter into a conversation with Google Assistant. The smart assistant understands the context in which something is said. We have Assistant unfortunately not able to test the Google event, because it was too noisy. However, we saw that the assistant has a fairly deep integration with Google’s search engine, which presumably causes a lot is possible. Unfortunately, the smart assistant speaks only English yet.

Camera

Purely on specifications, the camera did not go very much improved compared to the Nexus 5X and 6P. The Nexus phones have a Sony IMX377 sensor and Pixel phones probably have a IMX378 sensor. The Nexus handsets last year made beautiful pictures, such as from two reviews appeared, but lacked optical image stabilization. Unfortunately, the pixels that have not, although it does exist for electronic stabilization video, wherein the input of the gyroscope is used to stabilize the image digitally.

The camera app can be started by pressing twice on the power button and it is very fast. The printing is quick and Smart Burst Mode is rap and this looked the times we tried it, as intended, the best photo from the set. Given the specifications of the sensor we expect miracles in poor lighting conditions and let us know how he keeps facing the S7 and iPhone 7. The results were less well-lit parts of the room but not bad at first glance. For example, we had no difficulty in properly capturing people walking in moderate light.

Google Pixel

In the Mobile DxO Mark test scores camera 89 points, which is the highest score of all smartphones at the moment. That score would be due to the image processing and algorithms of Google. The HDR + mode is enabled by default; this camera in low light conditions making multiple photos and then automatically combined. This should result in less noise and less motion blur while both light and dark areas must be properly exposed. As almost always in previews it is difficult to determine whether everything is true.

Finally

With prices at the level of the iPhone 7 devices may have as we are concerned no concessions to the hardware, the performance in every area of ​​the top must belong and we expect to have a smartphone something extra compared to the competition. Strictly speaking appear to satisfy the Google Pixel phones it. Yet we miss something we feel; namely secretly that little bit extra. Although Google’s intelligent assistant is currently exclusive to the Pixel phones and the free Google photo’s storage example is a nice extra, many other features such as Smart Storage and Smart Burst not exactly unique.

It is our experience that just enough innovation to justify the high prices. As competitors have sometimes double camera or they are water resistant, but Pixel must have the particular software innovation. Although there are certainly interesting features sitting and even though the performance at first sight fine; we doubt whether this is enough to persuade consumers to spend so much money for this’ best of GOOGLE smartphones.

The Pixels will not actually take the place of the Nexus devices. Although there is often what was evident to a Nexus, the price often eased the pain. Important advantages of the Pixel phones like instant updates and fast software had the Nexus devices after all. Yet the pixel performance is very promising and we especially look forward to testing the camera performance is as good as suggested. We fear Google only know that the majority of people prefer to spend a few hundred euros less for a Nexus, then an iPhone price for Pixel.

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