Google Pixel & Pixel XL Latest News & Update: Poised to Become Apple's Biggest Competitor Yet; Best Features & Killer Specs Discussed

By Olivia Cavallaro , Updated Oct 09, 2016 05:20 AM EDT

Last week, we saw the announcement of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL during the Made By Google event. The new phones from Google are very timely, given the arrival of the latest in the slew of Apple products and the massive failure that Samsung has experienced with the exploding batteries of their Note 7 line. But what truly makes Google Pixel and Pixel XL really special? Let's find out.

Slate Magazine reports that one of the most impressive features of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the camera. As one of the most in-demand features in a smartphone (thanks, social media), the camera is definitely something worth taking a closer look at.

According to Google's Brian Rakowski, the camera of Google Pixel and Pixel XL earned a score of 89 in the DxOMark camera grading system. That's definitely not bad for Google, given that it's the highest rating a smartphone has ever received from the prestigious group. The camera of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is capable of taking 12.3 megapixel photographs and has a 2.0 aperture can capture more light than its competition.

The camera on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL also has an HDR+ mode, which puts together images to create the best rendition of a photograph no matter what lighting conditions there may be. It also has a video stabilization system that lets users film real smooth video on the go.

For now, the Pixel and Pixel XL are exclusively being marketed to Verizon, as per CNET. However, it seems that Google will be selling the unlocked smartphones, which can be used on Project Fi. For those who aren't familiar Project Fi is a service that utilizes Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular and other local Wi-Fi networks to provide users with access to the Internet. Project Fi scans the strongest signal and allows the user to connect for a fee.

Like Apple, Google is also offering a Siri counterpart called Google Assistant, as well as unlimited cloud storage for full-resolution photos and videos, much like the iCloud. Check out the trailer for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, which you can preorder now, below.

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