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Google showcases its new Pixel phones at hardware event

Google unveiled two new phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, at its hardware event Tuesday.
Google unveiled two new phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, at its hardware event Tuesday. Google

At its hardware event Tuesday, Google announced two new phones “designed and built by Google.”

They’re called Pixel and Pixel XL, and they’re essentially replacing the Nexus phones. The two Pixel phones are pretty much the same as far as specs are concerned — both are made of aluminum, have a fingerprint reader on the back, have AMOLED displays and 4GB of RAM. The only differences are the phones’ screen size and resolution.

The smaller Pixel phone will have a 5-inch 1080p display, while the larger Pixel XL will have a 5.5-inch Quad HD panel.

Both phones will have a 12.3-megapixel camera that Google’s calling the best “ever.” But what may be even more exciting than the fast-shooting camera itself is the fact that Google’s giving those who buy the phones free unlimited cloud storage to back up the full-resolution version photos and videos shot with Pixel phones.

The phones come in two storage sizes: 32GB or 128GB.

The phones also make good use of USB Type-C — which allows the handsets to recharge up to seven hours’ worth of power in 15 minutes. And the phones still have a headphone jack.

The Pixel phones start at $649 for the smaller 5-inch phone with 32GB and $749 for the 128GB version. The larger Pixel XL with 32GB will run $769, or $869 for 128GB of storage.

Google’s giving shoppers three color options: black, silver and a limited-edition "really blue."

Preorders for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL begin Tuesday.

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