Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones finally revealed – can they compete with the iPhone 7?

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The much-anticipated Google Pixel has been revealed by the US tech giant at an exclusive event in San Francisco.

Widespread leaks had already taken much of the surprise out of the announcement, but Google still made the most out of its answer to Apple’s market-leading iPhone.

The company’s CEO Sundar Pichai launched the phones from the stage and was met with plenty of applause.

The company’s CEO Sundar Pichai launched the phones from the stage and was met with plenty of applause.Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones finally revealed

As expected, Google revealed two different versions of the Pixel – a standard 5-inch model and a larger 5.5-inch version called the Pixel XL.

Inside the Pixel is a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM and a non-removable 2,770mAh lithium ion battery. The phone comes with either 32GB or 128GB of storage.

The Pixel XL meanwhile has a 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED display with a quad-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB of RAM and a big 2,450mAh battery.

Both phones boast the same 12MP rear-facing camera and 8M front-facing one. And what’s more, in Google’s own words, “there’s no unsightly camera bump.”

They both have fingerprint scanners on the back of the phone and the new USB-C charging port on the bottom. And, unlike Apple, both phones come with 3.5mm headphone ports.Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones finally revealed

One of the biggest benefits of the new Pixel phones is that they will ship with the latest version of Android pre-installed. Also, when it comes to future updates, Google’s own phones tend to get their first compared with other Android phone makers like Samsung or Sony.

Android “Nougat” is notable for a new AI-powered assistant called Allo and the FaceTime-style video chat app called Duo.

If you’re keen to ditch the iPhone and get hold of either of the Pixels then you won’t have to wait long as they’re going to be available on October 20th.

However, it won’t be cheap.

Buying directly from Google or Carphone Warehouse means you can pick up the phones SIM free and unlocked for the one-off price of £599 for the 5-inch Pixel and £719 for the 5.5-inch Pixel XL.

That puts them in exactly the same kind of territory as Apple’s iPhone models.With EE, the Pixel is free on a £50.99 a month, 24 month 4GEE plan, which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB of mobile data a month for existing customers.Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones finally revealed

It looks like EE is the only network in the UK that will stock the phone on contract.The Pixel XL is also available free on a £55.99 a month, 24 month plan, and comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 10GB of mobile data a month for existing customers.

4GEE Plan customers receive unlimited minutes, texts and 500MB of data a month for use abroad in the EU. Alternatively, for just £5 per month more, you can get Pixel and Pixel XL on 4GEE Max plans giving you access to the UK’s fastest 4G speeds, and inclusive access to the BT Sport App for the duration of the plan.