Google Pixel: expected launch and price in Pakistan

After finally releasing the Pixel smartphones, Google has now moved into both the hardware and software line at the same time. The earlier rumor regarding Google renaming its latest smartphones has indeed turned out to be true and in the process, has broken many a hearts for ditching the all popular Nexus line.

The Nexus is now history and Google says it has no plans to reinstate it for the time being. So with that, we’ll put a full-stop on the Nexus and focus more on the task at hand; the Pixel and Pixel XL.

UPDATE: Check out the updated Google phone prices in Pakistan here.

What is the Pixel and Pixel XL?

We’ve earlier talked about their rumored price and specifications sometime ago. Thanks to some collaborators and the Internet, we got many of its specifications right. First of all, the Pixel will come in with a smaller and a larger variant. Unlike the huge difference in specs and build quality of the LG Nexus 5X compared to the Huawei Nexus 6P, the Pixel brothers will feature near similar specifications with the only difference between them being their screen sizes and battery.

Both the smartphones will feature an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen but the Pixel will feature a 5.0 inches 1080p display while the Pixel XL will feature a 5.5 inches 1440p touchscreen. Their pixel densities stand at 441 and 534ppi respectively meaning that both the Pixels will provide crisp graphical performance upfront.

Regarding their build, we’re a little disappointed with the way the Pixels are designed this year. Though the smartphones feature premium build quality materials which include glass and a metal unibody design, we don’t really find the smartphone with deal-breaking looks. We’re not sure as to why a glass window, stretching from just above the camera to below the fingerprint sensor at its back, is inculcated into the Pixel’s design despite no apparent functionality.

It isn’t doing the Pixels’ looks any favor but we’ll reiterate that the metallic unibody and front Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protected display are nifty features. 8.5mm width is another of their un-impressive features in our eyes particularly considering the dimensions of their predecessors but that can be attributed to their splash and dust resistance. Despite that, we’ve seen slimmer smartphones with dust and waterproof protection which doesn’t really helps the Pixels’ cause.

Now we’ll talk about their cameras; both the Pixel and Pixel XL feature a 12 megapixel primary sensor with powerful features in the form of phase detection and laser autofocus. These features enable cameras to smoothly capture objects in motion, without any degraded quality or disruption which is why we’ll give the primary sensors a 10/10. The selfie cameras also feature more muscle, an 8 megapixel sensor, which ensures that the age of the 5 megapixel sensors moves slightly closer to its end.

The performance and hardware is what awaits next in the queue. This is the area where Nexus phones have always outperformed all other Android smartphones and with the specs we’re seeing in the Pixel phones ensure that the legacy just goes on and on. Both the Pixels are powered by Quad-Core processors with an additional 4GB of RAM. They feature latest chipsets, GPUs and the Android Nougat v7.1 out of the box.

Lightening fast performance is further complimented by its 32 and 128GB internal storage variants while USB Type-C v3.0 and a fingerprint sensor keeps the Pixel up to speed with the evolving smartphone world. The Pixel features a 2770 mAh battery while the Pixel XL features a 3450 mAh one meaning both are likely to provide good battery life.

When will the Pixel phones launch in Pakistan?

Just like the iPhone, the Nexus and now Pixel smartphones never see an official release in our country. Despite this, that does not stop them from coming into Pakistan in vast numbers. Considering the general trend of Nexus smartphones, we expect the Pixel phones to become available within 2-3 weeks after their worldwide shipment begins.

4th October has already seen their official announcement but October 20th is the day touted to see them being shipped all over the world. That means, the Pixel is likely to reach Pakistan by 10th of November. Fingers crossed!

Expected launch price of Pixel Phones in Pakistan

Keep an eye on our parent website to see the latest prices!

The official selling price of the Pixel will begin at $649 for the 32GB internal storage variant while the Pixel XL is a further $100 ahead on the price ladder. This means that their expected launch price will likely bank on 66,000 rupees for the Pixel while the Pixel XL could see a price-tag as huge as rupees 76,000.

Since they don’t see an official launch in Pakistan, they’ll unlikely come with any sort of warranty whatsoever though online retail stores may offer their personal software/hardware warranties.

So there goes everything you need to know about the upcoming Google phones. Some people have called them the “iPhone 7 killer” while some, like us are not very pleased about the way they look. Performance is a completely different story though and we’ll guarantee that blazing fast processing will be available to you on the go.

Feedback regarding any loopholes, your thoughts or any additions is always appreciated.

Images courtesy Android Central and Android Pit.

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