Google seems to be in full swing with its strategy shift since its Pixel event in San Francisco. The company, as promised, didn’t delay the launch of its new smartphones ‘Pixel’ and ‘Pixel XL’ for the Android dominated Indian market and partners with HTC, Redington for sales and after sales support for the Pixel in India. Here’s everything you need to know.
Where to buy
The new Pixel and Pixel XL are up for pre-orders at Flipkart now since midnight. Currently, Google has availed its phones only in three variants – 32GB and 128GB Pixel, and 128GB Pixel XL. All three models are in Quite Black color.
Buy here: Flipkart
Considering that ideally, the users get eight variants to choose from (combining the storage, model, and color options), that’s quite a limited choice Google is currently availing in India. Since Google, yet now, hasn’t mentioned anything about the availability of the other variants in the country, we can do nothing but wait.
For encouraging sales, Flipkart is offering ‘no cost EMIs’ which means you pay in EMI without the need to pay additional amount. First 1000 customers will get EGV (electronics gift voucher) worth Rs 5,700.
The online retail company has kept the exchange offer open that will let you get a discount of up to Rs 27,000 (maximum on the exchange of iPhone 6s Plus). This means the starting price of the device would be around Rs 30,000. Flipkart promises free delivery of the ordered unit till 25 October.
In terms of hardware, both the Pixel phones share similar features, except few. The Pixel will offer a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display while the Pixel XL gets a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. The former gets a 2,770mAH battery with the larger one getting a 3,450mAH battery. Both the phones support turbo-charging that is capable of providing 7-hours of battery in 15 minutes of charge.
Featuring aluminum and glass build, the handsets flaunt a 12.3 MP primary and an 8 MP front camera and has been given a rating of 89 on DXoMark which is the highest on any smartphone camera.The camera features an f/2.0 aperture with the sensor producing large 1.55μm pixels. The handsets will be automatically updated in the background as soon as a new updated is made available.
For people who want to switch from an Apple device, Google will offer a seamless transfer tool along with an adapter. You can move contacts, calendar, photos, videos, music, SMS messages, iMessages and more.
Other features include –
• Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with 2.15GHz clock speed.
• 4GB of RAM with 32GB and 128GB fixed storage options.
• The camera features face detection, an f/2.4 aperture, laser guided autofocus and an LED flash.
• Connectivity options include 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
• A USB Type-C and a fingerprint scanner.