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A First Look At The New Google Phone

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06/10/2016 9:23 AM AEDT | Updated 06/10/2016 10:46 AM AEDT
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Looks kinda familiar...

The guys at Google have unveiled their new mobile phone. It's called Pixel, and its big brother, Pixel X.

The phone has been designed to use the company's powerful new assistant (their version of Siri), aptly named Assistant.

Features incude:

  • The Pixel is available as either a 5-inch smartphone or in a larger 5.5-inch format called the Pixel XL.
  • Both smartphones will come with the latest processors and can be bought with two storage options of either 32GB or 128GB.
  • The design might be fairly unassuming but there is one singular element that'll catch your attention. On the back there's a two-tone design that incorporates a matte metal surface with a glossy glass back.
  • Around the edge there's a smooth metallic frame which then extends down into the bottom half of the device. Yes, there are some design similarities to both Apple's iPhone and HTC's own phones but all in all it's a fairly unassuming design.

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Google Assistant

Google's touting its powerful new AI-powered assistant called...well Assistant as being one of the phone's most powerful features.

It's built right into the phone's software and hardware and allows you to ask all the questions you currently would with a voice-assistant. It's also built into Google's own apps allowing you to see contextual information in messaging apps.

Google Pixel Camera and Photos

Google is calling its camera the best camera that anyone has ever made on a smartphone, and used an industry performance score to back it up.

According to Google it sports a score of 89 by DXOMark, higher than the iPhone 7's 86 score.

Accomplishing that is a 12.3MP camera on the back that will use a new technology called HDR+ to allow you to take better pictures in low light. To help capture fast-moving pictures Google says that the Pixel captures with zero delay.

Video has also been given a boost in the form of some seriously powerful video image stabilisation that constantly analyses the gyroscope's movements.

To help store all those pictures Google will be utilising both Google Photos and its new operating system to help make sure you never run out of space.

The phone will always keep smaller versions of the image saved onto the phone, so while to the eye it will look the same, the file is much smaller.

Then when you actually want to edit the photo it'll download the full-resolution version and allow you to make changes finally syncing it all back up into the cloud when you're done.

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Google Pixel Battery

The Pixel also uses USB-C which means you'll get a much faster charging experience. Google's claiming that just 15 minutes of charge will give you seven hours of use, perfect for a quick charge before you have to go out in the evening.

In Australia

The range starts at $1079 for the 5-inch Pixel with 32GB internal storage and $1229 for the 128GB version. The 5.5-inch Google Pixel XL with 32GB is priced at $1269 and $1419 for the 128GB version. Colours available are Quite Black and Very Silver.

The phones will be available through an exclusive partnership with Telstra. Pre-orders start Thursday the 6th and the phone will be released October 20.

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