Monday 5 December 2016

Seven things to know about Google’s new Pixel phone

Published 04/10/2016 | 17:45

Google has unveiled two new smartphones to compete directly with the iPhone 7.

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The 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel will be priced at over €700 and come with specifications to match top handsets from Samsung, Apple, Sony and Huawei.

Both phones have 12-megapixel cameras with optical stabilisation and an f2.0 lens. Google claims that the camera has the best industry technical score (DxoMark Mobile) of any smartphone.

Both phones have a free tech support function directly from the device. Both phones have a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone.

Here’s a summary of the phones’ features.

 

1. The Pixel comes in two sizes, 5” or 5.5”

It’s also available in two colours, called ‘Quite Black’ and ‘Very Silver’. It has curved edges and an aluminium unibody.

 

2. Google claims it has the highest rated smartphone camera

Google says that the Pixel has a DxoMark Mobile score of 89, besting the iPhone 7 and Samsung S7. It says the camera is excellent in low light and has features such as ‘lens blur’, which generate shallow depth of field effects.

 

3. You get Google support (a real person) on tap through the phone

Google says that tapping the ‘Support’ tab in ‘Settings’ now gets you to a Google expert who will help you with queries. The company says you can share your screen with the expert for step-by-step help.

 

4. It has a long-life battery

The battery in the Pixel is larger than most rivals. Google also says that a quick 15-minute charge gives you up to seven hours of use.

 

5. It unlocks immediately with the fingerprint reader

There’s a fingerprint reader on the back of the Pixel phone that gives you quick access to all of your apps and features.

 

6. It has a one-tap video calling feature called Google Duo built in

With the iPhone’s Facetime clearly in mind, the Pixel phone uses Google Duo with both Android phones and iPhones. (The Google Duo app can be downloaded in the iPhone App Store and the Google Play Store.)

 

7. It has Google Assistant built in

You can ask this phone to do things by starting with the phrase "Ok Google" or by touching and holding the Home button to start.

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