Sometimes it’s best to just sit back and feign surprise, as though the lead up to today’s big Google event wasn’t leakier than a rusted out old sieve in a rainstorm. After making several brief but notable cameos on international retailer and carrier pages this week, the company took to the stage at today’s Pixel event to reveal the titular handset – positioned by the company as its largest hardware reveal in years.

Thanks to the numerous leaks and rumours, we got a fair idea of what was coming our way and seems those hearsays proved pretty accurate- 5-inch 1080p Pixel and 5.5-inch XL. Both these devices are built by HTC, but will go into the market with its “phone by Google” branding.

Have a look at the appealing monstrous specs:

The new flagship is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and a decently sized 2770mAh battery, which can quick charge up to seven hours in 15 minutes. The XL, naturally, features a much beefier 3,450mAh.The phones are rated at 13 and 14 hours of life on a charge, respectively. The Pixel ships with 32GB of storage standard, which users can chose to quadruple up to 128GB.

That sure does impress me! It’s a living beast.

Though, bump or no, the company is convinced that it’s got a killer camera here. The Pixel received  an impressive 89 from DXOMark’s camera benchmarks. “This isn’t only the best smartphone camera we’ve ever made,” the company said on stage, “it’s the best smartphone camera ever made.” The hardware features a 12.3-megapixel rear camera (with an f/2.0 lens) and 8-megapixels on the front. Google showed off the Pixel’s prowess in lowlight situations, helped along by the camera’s 1.55 micron pixels.

The Pixel comes in three colors –Very Silver, Quite Black and Mystery Blue.

Starting at Rs 57,000, Pixel will be available for pre-order in India from October 13th, 2016 and will be available in India in two sizes – 5” or 5.5” and with memory configurations of 32GB and 128GB sizes.  

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