Google introduces the Nexus successors, the Pixel and Pixel XL, and other hardware

Over the past several years, Google’s Nexus phones have been affordable ways for people to buy a flagship Android phone. Now, Google is moving away from the Nexus line and replacing it with the Pixel line of phones, with the first two handsets announced today, the 5″ Pixel and 5.5″ Pixel XL. Unlike the Nexus phones that preceded them, the Pixel phones aren’t taking the affordability route. The Pixel handsets are made by HTC, but you won’t find that company’s logo on the devices, as Google is calling them “made by Google.”

The specs are largely the same between the two phones, with screen size being the main difference between them. Both have AMOLED displays and are powered by Snapdragon 821 processors. Each model comes equipped with a 12.3MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. They have 4GB of RAM and storage options include 32GB or 128GB with no microSD card slots. Other specs shared by the Pixel and Pixel XL include fingerprint scanners, NFC, the latest Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, USB Type-C ports and 3.5mm headphone jacks. Both come shipped with Android 7.1 Nougat.

Here is where the phones differ. The Pixel has a 5″ FHD AMOLED screen with 1920×1080 resolution (441ppi) and a 2,770mAh battery. The Pixel XL comes with a 5.5″ QHD AMOLED display with 2560×1440 resolution (534ppi) and a bigger 3,450mAh battery.

Color options for both include quite black, very silver and really blue.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL in three color options

The phones are also compatible with Google’s upcoming Daydream VR viewer, Google’s answer to Samsung’s Gear VR system, which was also announced today and is set to be released in November for $79 in the U.S.

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Google Daydream

Verizon is the only carrier that will be selling the phones, but unlocked versions can also be purchased directly from Google. Pricing starts at $649 for the 32GB Pixel and $769 for the 32GB PIxel XL. If you opt for the 128GB of either model, add $100 to those prices, meaning the 128GB Pixel XL will run you $869. Google is offering 24-month, no-interest financing, allowing you to pay off the purchases at a cost of $27.04/month for the cheapest option all the way up to $36.21/month if you opt for the most expensive configuration. Pre-orders are available now, with the phones scheduled for an October 20 release. If you pre-order before the release date, you will get a promo code for a free Daydream viewer once it is released.

Other hardware announced today include Google Home, the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo, and Chromecast Ultra, the latest iteration of Google’s streaming dongle, which supports 4K content. Those are scheduled to be released in November for $129 and $69, respectively.

Full specs for the Pixel phones are below, followed by a listing of supported cellular networks, which include all the major U.S. carriers, including Google’s own Project Fi.

Pixel Pixel XL
Software Android 7.1 Android 7.1
Display 5″ FHD AMOLED (1920×1080, 441ppi)
Gorilla Glass 4
5.5″ QHD AMOLED (2560×1440, 534ppi)
Gorilla Glass 4
Processor 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 (quad-core, 64-bit)
Adreno 530 GPU
2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 (quad-core, 64-bit)
Adreno 530 GPU
RAM 4GB 4GB
Camera Rear: 12.3MP (f/2.0, 1.55um)
Front: 8MP (1.4um)
Rear: 12.3MP (f/2.0, 1.55um)
Front: 8MP (1.4um)
Battery 2770mAh
Fast charging
3450mAh
Fast charging
Storage 32GB or 128GB
No microSD support
32GB or 128GB
No microSD support
Other Fingerprint scanner, NFC, 3.5mm headphone, USB Type-C Fingerprint scanner, NFC, 3.5mm headphone, USB Type-C
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
Dimensions 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm
143 grams
154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm
168 grams
SIM Nano Nano
Colors Quite Black, Very Silver. Really Blue Quite Black, Very Silver. Really Blue
GSM Quad-band GSM
UMTS/WCDMA B 1/2/4/5/8
CDMA BC0/BC1/BC10
FDD LTE B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30
TDD LTE B 41
LTE 2xCARRIER AGGREGATION B2+B2, B2+B4, B2+B5, B2+B12, B2+B13, B2+B17, B2+B29, B2+B30, B4+B4, B4+B5, B4+B7, B4+B12, B4+B13, B4+B17, B4+B29, B4+B30, B5+B30, B7+B7, B12+B30, B25+B25, B29+B30, B41+B41
LTE 3xCARRIER AGGREGATION B2+B2+B12, B2+B2+B13, B2+B4+B4, B2+B4+B5, B2+B4+B12, B2+B4+B13, B2+B4+B29, B2+B5+B30, B2+B12+B30, B2+B29+B30, B4+B4+B12, B4+B4+B13, B4+B5+B30, B4+ B7+ B12, B4+B12+B30, B4+B29+B30, B41+B41+B41

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