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Google Pixel
Google Pixel (smartphone) logo.svg
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.svg
Top: Logo introduced with the first-generation Pixel smartphones
Bottom: The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones
DeveloperGoogle LLC
ManufacturerGoogle, various
TypeSmartphones, tablets, laptops
Release dateFebruary 21, 2013; 6 years ago (2013-02-21)
Operating systemChrome OS and Android
Online servicesGoogle Play (2015–present), Chrome Web Store (2013–present)
Websitestore.google.com/category/phones

Google Pixel is a line of consumer electronic devices developed by Google that run either Chrome OS or the Android operating system. The Pixel brand was introduced in February 2013 with the first-generation Chromebook Pixel. The Pixel line includes laptops, tablets, and smartphones, as well as several accessories.

Phones[edit]

Pixel[edit]

Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones

Google announced the first generation Pixel smartphones, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, on October 4, 2016 during the #MadeByGoogle event.[1] Google emphasized the camera on the two phones, which ranked as the best smartphone camera on DxOMarkMobile with 90 points until HTC released the U11, which also scored 90 points.[2] This is largely due to software optimizations such as HDR+. The Pixel phones also include unlimited cloud storage for pictures on Google Photos[3] and, for devices purchased directly from Google, an unlockable bootloader.[4]

  • Display: 5.0″ AMOLED display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution (Pixel); 5.5″ AMOLED display with 1440×2560 pixel resolution (Pixel XL)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • Storage: 32 GB or 128 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Cameras: 12.3 MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens and IR laser-assisted autofocus;[5] 1.55 μm pixel size.[6] 8 MP front camera with f/2.4 lens
  • Battery: 2,770 mAh (Pixel); 3,450 mAh (Pixel XL); both are non-removable and have fast charging
  • Materials: Aluminum unibody design with hybrid coating; IP53 water and dust resistance
  • Colors: Very Silver, Quite Black or Really Blue (Limited Edition)
  • Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat; upgradable to Android 9 Pie and to Android Q in the near future[7]

Pixel 2[edit]

Google announced the Pixel 2 series, consisting of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, on October 4, 2017.

  • Display: 5.0″ AMOLED display with 1080×1920 pixel resolution (Pixel 2); 6″ P-OLED display with 1440×2880 pixel resolution (Pixel 2 XL); Both displays have Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Storage: 64 GB or 128 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4X
  • Cameras: 12.2 MP rear camera with f/1.8 lens, IR laser-assisted autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilization; 8 MP front camera with f/2.4 lens
  • Battery: 2,700 mAh (Pixel 2); 3,520 mAh (Pixel 2 XL); both are non-removable and have fast charging
  • Materials: Aluminum unibody design with hybrid coating; IP67 water and dust resistance
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White or Kinda Blue (Pixel 2); Just Black or Black & White (Pixel 2 XL)
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo; upgradable to Android 9 Pie and to Android Q in the near future

Pixel 3[edit]

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on retail display with Pixel Buds and wireless charging accessories, October 2018.

Google announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL at an event on October 9, 2018, alongside several other products. The devices run Android 9 Pie.

  • Display: 5.5″ OLED, 2160×1080 pixel resolution (18:9) (Pixel 3); 6.3″ OLED, 2960×1440 (18.5:9) pixel resolution (Pixel 3 XL); both displays have Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Storage: 64 GB or 128 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4X
  • Cameras: 12.2 MP rear camera with f/1.8 lens, IR laser-assisted autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilization; 8 MP front camera with f/1.8 lens and 75° lens, second front camera with 8 MP, f/2.2, fixed focus and 97° lens
  • Battery: 2915 mAh (Pixel 3); 3430 mAh (Pixel 3 XL); both are non-removable and have fast charging and wireless charging
  • Materials: Aluminum frame, matte glass back, IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink
  • Operating system: Android 9 Pie; upgradable to Android Q in the near future

Tablets[edit]

Pixel C[edit]

The Pixel C was announced by Google at an event on September 29, 2015,[8] alongside the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones (among other products). The Pixel C includes a USB-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.[9] The device shipped with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and later received Android 7.x Nougat and Android 8.x Oreo. Google stopped selling the Pixel C in December 2017.[10]

  • Display: 10.2" display with 2560×1800 pixel resolution
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra X1
  • Storage: 32 or 64 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Cameras: 8 MP rear camera; 2 MP front camera
  • Battery: 9000 mAh (non-removable)

Pixel Slate[edit]

The Pixel Slate, a 12.3 in (31 cm) 2-in-1 tablet and laptop, was announced by Google in New York City on October 9, 2018[11], alongside the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. The Pixel Slate includes two USB-C ports but omits the headphone jack. The device runs Chrome OS on Intel Kaby Lake processors, with options ranging from a Celeron on the low end to an i7 on the high end.

Laptops[edit]

Chromebook Pixel (2013)[edit]

Chromebook Pixel (2013)

Google announced the first generation Chromebook Pixel in a blog post on February 21, 2013.[12] The laptop includes an SD/multi-card reader, Mini DisplayPort, combination headphone/microphone jack, and two USB 2.0 ports. Some of the device's other features include a backlit keyboard, a "fully clickable etched glass trackpad," integrated stereo speakers, and two built-in microphones.[13]

  • Display: 12.85" display with 2560×1700 pixel resolution
  • Processor: 3rd generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i5 processor
  • Storage: 32 GB internal storage and 1 TB Google Drive storage for 3 years
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Battery: 59 Wh

Chromebook Pixel (2015)[edit]

On March 11, 2015, Google announced the second generation of the Chromebook Pixel in a blog post.[14] The laptop includes two USB-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, and a combination headphone/microphone jack. The device also has a backlit keyboard, a "multi-touch, clickable glass trackpad," built-in stereo speakers, and two built-in microphones, among other features.[15]

Google discontinued the 2015 Chromebook Pixel on August 29, 2016.[16]

  • Display: 12.85" display with 2560×1700 pixel resolution
  • Processor: 5th generation (Broadwell) Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • Storage: 32 or 64 GB internal storage and 1 TB Google Drive storage for 3 years
  • RAM: 8 or 16 GB
  • Battery: 72 Wh

Pixelbook[edit]

On October 4, 2017, Google launched the third generation of the Chromebook Pixel, named the Google Pixelbook, at its Made by Google 2017 event.[17]

  • Display: 12.3" display with 2400×1600 pixel resolution (235 ppi)
  • Processor: 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • Storage: 128, 256, or 512 GB internal storage
  • RAM: 8 or 16 GB

Accessories[edit]

Pixel Buds[edit]

At Google's October 2017 hardware event, a set of wireless earbuds were unveiled alongside the Pixel 2 smartphones.[18] The earbuds are designed for phones running Android Marshmallow or higher, and work with Google Assistant.[19] In addition to audio playback and answering calls, the earbuds support translation in 40 languages through Google Translate.[20] The earbuds are able to auto pair with the Pixel 2 with the help of the Google Assistant and "Nearby".[21] The Pixel Buds are available in the colors Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue. The earbuds have a battery capacity of 120 mAh while the charging case that comes with the Pixel Buds have a battery capacity of 620 mAh.[22] The earbuds are priced at $159.[22]

Pixelbook Pen[edit]

Alongside the launch of the Pixelbook in October 2017, Google announced the Pixelbook Pen, a stylus to be used with the Pixelbook. It has pressure sensitivity as well as support for Google Assistant. The Pen is powered by a replaceable AAAA battery and is priced at US$99.[23]

Pixel Stand[edit]

In October 2018, Google announced the Pixel Stand alongside the Pixel 3 smartphones.[24] In addition to standard 5 watt Qi wireless charging, the Pixel Stand has wireless 10 watt charging using a proprietary technology from Google.[25] It also enables a software mode on the Pixel 3 that allows it to act as a Smart display similar to the Google Home Hub.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pixel 'phone by Google' announced". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "DxOMark Mobile". www.dxomark.com. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Google is giving free, unlimited original-quality photo and video backups with the Pixel phones". The Verge. October 4, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "It's Official: Pixel Phones from the Google Store Will Be Rootable with Unlockable Bootloaders". WonderHowTo. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Zimmerman, Steven (October 12, 2016). "Sony IMX378: Comprehensive Breakdown of the Google Pixel's Sensor and its Features". XDA Developers. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Google Pixel product page". Made by Google (in German). Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Introducing Android Q Beta". Android developers blog. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Opam, Kwame. "Google unveils Android-based Pixel C tablet". The Verge. Vox Media, Inc.
  9. ^ "Pixel C specifications". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  10. ^ Whitwam, Ryan (December 28, 2017). "The Pixel C has been dropped from the Google Store". Android Police. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Lori Grunan; Alina Bradford (October 9, 2018). "Pixel 3, Google Home Hub and Pixel Slate: Everything Google just announced". CNet.
  12. ^ "The Chromebook Pixel, for what's next". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Chromebook Pixel specifications". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Meet the updated Chromebook Pixel and the new Google Store". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Chromebook Pixel (2015) specifications". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  16. ^ Novet, Jordan. "Google discontinues the Chromebook Pixel 2". Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "Google's Pixelbook is a 2-in-1 premium Chromebook". Engadget. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  18. ^ Li, Abner (October 4, 2017). "Google Pixel Buds: Assistant-enabled Bluetooth neckbuds from Google". 9to5Google. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  19. ^ Carman, Ashley (October 4, 2017). "Google's Pixel Buds are the company's first wireless headphones". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Pallandino, Valentina (October 4, 2017). "Google Pixel Buds are wireless earbuds that translate conversations in real time". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  21. ^ "Google's Pixel Buds use Assistant to auto-pair to your phone, just like Apple's AirPods [Update]". 9to5Google. October 4, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  22. ^ a b "Google Pixel Buds". Google Store. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  23. ^ "Google's Pixelbook Pen searches for what you circle". Engadget. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
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  25. ^ Chokkattu, Julian (October 26, 2018). "Google Pixel Stand Review". Digital Trends. Retrieved January 4, 2019.

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