Google finally made their own smartphone

October 5, 2016

And they announced a bunch of other stuff too.

Confirming all the previous rumors, Google has finally announced its first smartphone, the Pixel and Pixel XL. Coming in at 5-inch and 5.5-inch versions, the first Google-branded smartphone (not to be confused with its Nexus line) is a confirmation that the company is serious about making its own hardware.

Aside from the screen sizes, the Pixel and Pixel XL are pretty much alike: both devices feature a Snapdragon 821 processor along with 4 GB of RAM with choices of either 32 GB of 128 GB of internal storage (no micro SD card expansion is provided). Both devices are the first ones to offer support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

But the standout feature for these smartphones is probably the camera, where DxO Mark gave it a score of 89. DxO Mark gives scores to camera hardware, and the Pixel actually got a higher score compared to the Galaxy S7 and yes, the iPhone 7.

But these premium parts also mean that the Pixel won’t be a budget smartphone like its Nexus line – since starting price for the smartphone will be at $649.

Next is the Daydream View headset that promises to make VR usage even more fun and comfortable. It’s made of soft material and even people who wear glasses can conveniently wear it. It even includes a controller that you can use to navigate the VR world.

Google Home maybe the company’s direct answer to the Amazon Echo – it’s an interactive speaker, where you can ask various questions and Google Assistant will gladly answer it for you. It can take care of various tasks that can easily sync with your smartphone. It may be the one thing that you need if you want to upgrade to a ‘smart home’.

The Chromecast, as previously rumored, also got an upgrade and is now called Chromecast Ultra. While it retained the same design, it now comes in a shiny black color and can now stream 4K including from services like Netflix – and yes, it even supports HDR.

Lastly, Google emphasized how complicated Wi-Fi setups are and is now introducing its own Wi-Fi router, simply called Google Wi-Fi. Its modular design will let you add various units around your home to extend coverage, without the need for any complicated setup.

Any of Google’s new hardware got you excited? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.