The Official Reason On Why Google Pixel And Pixel XL Aren’t Waterproof? The Company Ran Out Of Time

Ramish Zafar
Posted Oct 25, 2016
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Google finally made the big leap this year. The company’s Pixel and Pixel XL are decent launches by all accounts. They feature flagship level specifications, good design and a hefty price tag. All three elements are necessary for a top tier gadget, and Google seems to have it all. Still, the Pixel duo are the company’s first serious attempt at flagship smartphones. Manufacturers including Apple, LG and Samsung have had years of experience in the playing field. Today, some interesting details have surfaced about the Pixel and Pixel XL. Take a look below to find out more.

The Google Pixel And Pixel Aren’t Waterproof Simply Because The Company Couldn’t Find The Time

The launch of the Pixel and Pixel XL provided a fresh perspective on the flagship smartphone race. Generally, we’ve seen serious approach prevail in the market, as devices from Samsung and Apple try to out do each other in terms of premium designs. The Pixels on the other hand look to be fun smartphones at first glance. Their color options certainly seem to suggest so. Quite black, really blue and very silver are Google’s way of trying to look unconcerned with the aura of premium for top tier gadgets.

Not that the devices are underhanded when it comes to specifications. The Pixel and Pixel XL feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, combined with 4GB of RAM. Rear cameras stand at 12 MP with dual LED flash. Storage starts at 32GB and resolution at 1080p for the smaller and 1440×2560 for the larger device. Wired’s David Pierce has some inside information for the development of the pair. He’s provided some details on why the pair lack waterproofing; a feature that’s present on both the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

According to Pierce, Google was on a very tight schedule for the Pixel and Pixel XL’s development. When he questioned the company on why there was no waterproofing on board the pair, the reply was a simple “We ran out of time”. The development cycle for the Pixels was very short. Pierce states that it was a mere nine months and one week. Google had cancelled plans for the smartphone late 2015 and the idea was resurrected earlier this year.

Since the Pixels are the first devices of their kind from Google, we’d cut Mountain View some slack this time. They do come with some heavy claims, notably being able to directly compete against the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Whether they’re able to achieve this, only time will tell. Apple doesn’t joke around when it comes to smartphones even if it doesn’t like higher screen resolutions. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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