Google’s Pixel will soon land in the smartphone market, leaving Samsung with more competition and a murkier future for its embattled Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung is in for a rocky global re-launch for the new, non-exploding Galaxy Note 7 as Google announces its very own smartphone called Pixel.
Pixel, also known as “The Google Phone,” is the first flagship smartphone from the internet giant which boasts an impressive set of specs that could match that of Apple’s latest iPhone devices.
With this in mind, Samsung might be in for quite a disappointing re-launch of its Galaxy Note 7, which severely suffered from bad publicity after numerous reports indicated that its faulty battery caused the device to burn up.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Nightmare
News about exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices have flooded the internet — both in social media and news outlets — since the device was first introduced in August.
While the Korean company has already conducted damage control by issuing a global recall of the devices, the Note 7’s reputation still precedes it with many Samsung users reconsidering their loyalty.
That is all on top of having the Note 7 launch just a month before Apple introduced the highly anticipated iPhone 7.
Now, the Korean company is faced with another adversary in the smartphone market as Google ventures into the hardware market with its flagship smartphone, Pixel.
Comparing the three devices side by side, all have their own aces and are ahead of the game in different aspects.
Unfortunately for Samsung, the bad publicity would prove quite a struggle to overcome considering how social media rapidly sensationalized the exploding Galaxy Note devices that can only be described as a blunt force trauma to the company’s reputation.
The Google Phone: What Makes Pixel Special
In the past, Google has tried and failed to concoct a hardware that could compete with Samsung, Apple, and all other rapidly emerging smartphone giants in the market.
Despite those failures, the company still pursued the idea of having its own hardware product to carry its signature Android operating systems.
Now, Google has introduced Pixel which not only showcases the company’s latest Android OS 7.1 Nougat but also boasts features that could wow consumers enough to make them ditch the other smartphone makers.
Among the highlighted specs for Pixel is its camera which Google described as “the highest rated smartphone camera. Ever.”
Considering that Pixel’s 12.3-megapixel snapper got an 89 DxOMark Mobile score, the description is well placed.
“Its image quality scores are impressive across the board, but it is particularly strong in providing a very high level of detail from its 12.3MP camera, with relatively low levels of noise for every tested lighting condition.”
While its megapixel is not just as high as that of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy Note 7, the rear camera in Google’s Pixel allows you to capture brilliant images even in low-light scenarios with f/2.0 aperture and 1.55μm pixels.
In terms of the security feature battle, Google also equipped Pixel with its own fingerprint sensor called the Pixel Imprint.
Google also decided to add a virtual assistant to Pixel — similar to Microsoft’s Cortana — making it the first device to have a built-in Google Assistant.
Under the hood, the Pixel is powered by Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 matched with a Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU.
Its five-inch display is built with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 FHD AMOLED at a 441ppi resolution.
In terms of battery life, the Pixel is said to last approximately 19 days standby time or 26 hours talk time with its 2,770 mAh battery that can be charge as quickly as 15 minutes for a seven-hour use.
Google has already announced pre-order of Pixel which is expected to hit the market by October 20.
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