Google Pixel Overview: An In Depth Look At Google's Flagship Device

By Michael Augustin , Updated Nov 30, 2016 08:28 AM EST

Google's long-running Nexus brand, which commissioned different manufacturers to create a smartphone that represents Android, has been finally put to rest. It appears Google might have used the experience as well as a lot of data to finally develop a smartphone they could call their own. Welcome the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. 

Android Authority recently performed a closer review of the Google Pixel to reportedly figure out the technology in it. They start off by scrutinizing its displays. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL sport AMOLED screens and give off a cooler color temperature, which means the displays give off a blue tint. They were also able to measure its maximum screen brightness at 410 nits. The test required them to shine a torch directly on the ambient light sensor while its brightness was set to auto.

The battery performances of the phones were also tested to verify Google's estimated usage times. A 2770mAh battery powers the Google Pixel, while a 3450mAh carries the Pixel XL. The company claims users can enjoy up to 13 hours of video playback on a single charge. Android Authority reportedly says that the brightness levels during Google's test could have been set at their lowest, which could prolong the battery life. They tried two sets of tests to verify Google's claim. The first one had the phone's brightness set to around 200 nits (47 percent brightness), whereas the second trial bumped the brightness to 400 nits (100 percent brightness). They allegedly got impressive results with 10.5 hours and 8.5 hours respectively.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL comes in 3 colors, Quite Black, Very Silver and Really Blue. Both models rely on a Gorilla Glass 4 display protection to keep their AMOLED screens away from scratches, while Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processors and a 4GB RAM takes care of business.

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