Google's Newest Phones: Pixel & Pixel XL

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Google has announced their first smartphone that's made entirely by them, inside and out. The Pixel and Pixel XL pick up where Nexus has been left and in quite a fashion. Looks wise, the Pixel phones will split opinions and will probably take some time to get used to, to with it's split aluminium and glass backing.

The two new phones differ primarily by the size and resolution of their screens — 5-inch 1080p display on the Pixel and 5.5-inch Quad HD panel on the XL. Both phones are powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 processor and stocked with Android 7.1, which includes support for the Daydream View VR headset by Google.

The camera is apparently the highest quality camera to ever be in a smartphone, with  its 12.3-megapixel resolution, large 1.55-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. The Pixel XL has a 3,450mAh battery and the Pixel has a 2,770mAh battery. Both displays are AMOLED, both devices have 4GB of RAM, USB-C, a choice of 32GB or 128GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3.5mm headphone jack - and Google felt the special need to advertise the last one, for some reason.

Pricing starts at $649 for the smaller 5-inch Pixel with 32GB of storage, available for preorder today. That number scales up to $749 with 128GB of onboard storage, $769 for the larger Pixel XL with 32GB, or $869 for the XL with 128GB. Google gives the choice of black or silver for the Pixel phones with an exclusive 'really blue' option with Verizon in the US.