Google have long since been strangers to the mobile world, with the Nexus range of devices offering a “vanilla” experience for those using the company’s own Android OS. Of course, these devices have been made in partnership with Google, by the likes of LG & Huawei, rather than from the ground up by Google themselves.
Today, Google have announced the first range of smartphones developed in-house, the Pixel and Pixel XL.
Available at 5″ and 5.5″ respectively, the Pixel & Pixel XL will house Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chips, have 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 128GB of onboard storage.
Both devices will feature USB-C, meaning you can expect 7 hours of battery life from a 15-minute charge as well as fingerprint sensors for security and super-crisp AMOLED displays on which to view your photos taken with the bump-free 12.3MP camera. Oh, and there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack – but why wouldn’t there be?
In the UK the Pixel’s starting price is £599, with the 128GB XL variant costing £819. Colour options at launch are “Quite Black” or “Very Silver”, with a further “Really Blue” option, for now, a US exclusive.
Personally, with various other high end devices running near-stock at a fraction of the price, I’m curious as to why anyone would part with £800-odd for an Android handset, but, for those who want the single package from a name they trust, it’s hard to deny the spec sheet.