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Definition: Pixel phone

A smartphone from Google introduced in 2016. Following in the line of devices that are "pure Android," Pixel phones feature fast charging due to their USB Type C port and Power Delivery (PD) capability. They also include unlimited Google Photos cloud storage, 24/7 phone or chat support, Google's virtual assistant (see Google Assistant), a state-of-the-art laser focus 4K camera and virtual reality performance (see Daydream VR).

Upgrade Time Schedule
Like previous Nexus phones, Google pledged two years of OS upgrades and three years of security updates from launch date.

Midrange Options in 2019
In May 2019, the 3a and 3a XL models debuted, offering a midrange option for the Pixel line for the first time. Unlike the 3 and 3 XL, the "a" models include a 3.5mm audio jack.

Pixel 4 and 4 XL
Also in 2019, the Pixel 4 line debuted. Face recognition replaced the previous fingerprint identification, and the cameras and Google Assistant were improved. Hand gestures were added to perform functions such as switching tracks and muting calls. See Chromebook Pixel and Google Nexus.

Pixel and Pixel XL
Available unlocked from Google or Verizon and manufactured by HTC and LG, Pixel phones are Google's "pure Android" phones. These are the original Pixel and Pixel XL models. (Images courtesy of Google, Inc.)

       Screen  Weight         Storage  **
 Model   Size  (oz.) Resolution (GB)  SoC

 4 XL    6.3"  6.8   1440x3040   128  855
 4       5.7"  5.7   1080x2280   128  855
 3a      5.6"  5.2   1080x2220    64  670
 3 XL    6.3"  6.5   1440x2960   128  845
 3       5.5"  5.2   1080x2160   128  845


 3a XL   6.0"  5.9   1080x2160    64  670
 2 XL    6.0"  6.2   1440x2880   128  835
 2       5.0"  5.0   1080x1920   128  835
 XL      5.5"  5.9   1440x2560   128  821
 Pixel   5.0"  5.0   1080x1920   128  821

 ** - Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC