Google at the Made by Google event in San Francisco on Tuesday unveiled two new Pixel smartphones, officially killing its Nexus series. Moving forward, Google looks to unveil its own smartphones built around the Android ecosystem powered by the newly announced Google Assistant. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have been positioned as premium flagships boasting of high-end specs with exclusive features. At the event, Google executives took several digs at Apple, the most notable being that the Pixel smartphones do not sport the ‘unsightly camera bump’ – referring to the much-derided bump seen on recent iPhone models.
Camera bump or not, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL at their price point are placed among the other premium handsets out there – the most notable ones being the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge - or, the flagships by the two largest and most famous smartphone manufacturers in the world. We pit the three together to see whether the new Google Pixel stands firm amongst the leaders of the old regime, or falters in their shadow.