|Type||Smartphones, tablets, laptops|
|Release date||February 21, 2013|
|Operating system||Chrome OS and Android|
|Online services||Google Play (2015–present)|
Google Pixel is a line of consumer electronic devices from Google that run either the Chrome OS or Android operating system. The Pixel brand was introduced in February 2013 with the first generation Chromebook Pixel. The Pixel line includes laptops and smartphones, as well as the discontinued Pixel C tablet. The devices can be bought through the Google Store or at retail stores.
Google announced the first generation Pixel smartphones, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, on October 4, 2016 during the #MadeByGoogle event. 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. This is largely due to software optimizations such as HDR+. The Pixel phones also include unlimited cloud storage for pictures on Google Photos and an unlockable bootloader (when purchased directly from Google; phones purchased through Verizon Wireless and its partner stores are unable to remove the lock from the bootloader).
- 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; 1,55 μm Pixel size. 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
- Colors: Very Silver, Quite Black or Really Blue (Limited Edition)
- Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat, upgradable to Android P.
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 P.
The Pixel C was announced by Google at an event on September 29, 2015, 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. The device shipped with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and later received Android 7.x Nougat and Android 8.x Oreo. The Pixel C was discontinued in December 2017.
- 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)
Chromebook Pixel (2013)
Google announced the first generation Chromebook Pixel in a blog post on February 21, 2013. 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.
Chromebook Pixel (2015)
On March 11, 2015, Google announced the second generation of the Chromebook Pixel in a blog post. 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.
- 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
On October 4, 2017, Google launched the third generation of the Chromebook Pixel, named the Google Pixelbook, at its Made by Google 2017 event.
- 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
At Google's October 2017 hardware event, a set of wireless earbuds were unveiled alongside the Pixel 2 smartphones. The earbuds are designed for phones running Android Marshmallow or higher, and work with Google Assistant. In addition to audio playback and answering calls, the earbuds support translation in 40 languages through Google Translate. The earbuds are able to auto pair with the Pixel 2 with the help of the Google Assistant and "Nearby". 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. The earbuds are priced at $159.
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.
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