The new Pixel phones will be officially released on October 20 and they will run on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. According to a Reddit user named abattleofone, Verizon will sell the 32GB Pixel for $199 on contract and $650 off contract, while the 128GB version will be $100 extra. As for the 128GB Pixel XL, its contract price will be $419.99, so the full price will be around $800. But, the good news is that both devices will be rootable and Google has just confirmed the information.
Google spokesperson Iska Saric has said that “Pixel owners who purchased the device from the Google store will be able to root their devices. Pixel phones purchased from the Google store will ship with an unlockable bootloader.” Unfortunately, Verizon-exclusive units will lock bootloaders permanently, but unlocked devices will allow developers to crack them immediately, as custom recoveries and auto rooting tools will be available on day one. The downside of having a rooted device is that users will no longer receive OTA updates, so if Google will release new updates with fixes for bugs, they will reach only unrooted devices.
Both Pixels are powered by the latest Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) processor that runs well with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM, and they have a primary camera of 12 MP (Sony IMX378 image sensor) with a wide f/2.0 aperture and large 1.55-micron pixels, and some of the supported features include phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The other camera is 8MP and has an aperture of f/2.4. Pixel is smaller, featuring a 5-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution and a non-removable Li-Ion 2770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL is a phablet with a larger 5.5-inch QHD resolution and a much bigger battery of 3450 mAh.
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