Following months of leaks and rumors on October 4th Google officially announced the new Pixel Phones. Two devices set to replace the Nexus lineup from 2015. Now that both devices are official and available now for pre-order, here’s how the Pixel XL compares to the Nexus 6P.
For years Google has released Nexus smartphones and tablets in partnership with manufacturers. Offering the latest version of stock Android with new features to help push the market forward. Nexus phones have a loyal following, but that all changes this year.
Initially rumored as two new Nexus smartphones for 2016 made by HTC, these phones are made by Google “inside and out”. From a custom version of Android 7.1 Nougat, to the first device with the Google Assistant and more. Google is finally taking Samsung and Apple head on, and here’s what you need to know.
In 2015 Google released two Nexus smartphones. One being a 5.2-inch Nexus 5X and a bigger 5.7-inch Nexus 6P made by Huawei. It was the best and most premium Nexus to date. Featuring an all aluminum design, fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, a great camera and a huge battery. It’s still one of my favorite phones ever released.
However, the Nexus brand appears to be dead and moving forward it will be all Google. The new Google Pixel and Pixel XL have a 5 and 5.5-inch display, an improved design, and the latest cutting edge hardware and software. Everything buyers loved from the Nexus 6P is included and then some.
This year both phones will be slightly smaller than their predecessors, but better in every other sense. They are also identical in design and features, rather than one being smaller like the Nexus 5X. Similar to Samsung or Apple’s 2-device approach.
Starting today, October 4th the Pixel and Pixel XL are officially available for pre-order. They’ll begin shipping in 2-3 weeks, and can also be bought exclusively from Verizon Wireless. Here is even more information, and how it compares to the Nexus 6P for those considering an upgrade or their next phone.