Google has introduced its own premium smartphone called Pixel, which features Google’s new Assistant software built-in, as it looks to take on Apple and Samsung in a crowded field of phones.
The phone casing features an aluminum body and Gorilla Glass 4 from Corning on the front and back. The Pixel fingerprint sensor is located on the back of the phone, not the front like on Samsung Galaxy and iPhones.
Pixel features a 12.3-megapixel camera, featuring an f/2.0 aperture and 1.55 micron pixel. Battery life is touted as lasting all day and can charge for seven hours in 15 minutes.
Pixel is shipping with the newest Android operating system, Android 7.1 Nougat.
Pixel is available in two sizes, 5” or 5.5”, and three colors: Very Silver, Quite Black and a limited edition for the U.S. only, Really Blue.
Pixel is available for pre-order starting at $649 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia. Pre-orders in India will begin October 13. In the U.S., Google is partnering exclusively with Verizon to make Pixel available nationwide at all Verizon retail outlets, including Best Buy stores. Pixel can also be purchased unlocked on the Google Store.