Google’s Pixel Perfect Flagship: Parts, Price,And Protection

Google’s line-up is gearing for a shake-up this October with the release of the Pixel and Pixel XL. These two smartphones, the first of many so-called “Made by Google” Androids, signal the company’s changing priorities. They’re abandoning the Nexus line for something that’s entirely Google, so the company name can become synonymous with mobile tech.


As far as the Pixel XL’s profile, it’s going to come with standard Android internal technology, albeit the most advanced we’ve seen yet. The features your XL will have include

  • Android 7.1 Nougat with Google UI
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage
  • 12MP rear-facing camera and 8MP front-facing camera
  • 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display

The cost of such a phone will depend on your plan and carrier, of course, but you can expect one thing for sure: the Pixel line is more expensive than the Nexus it’s been designed to replace. The up in price does make sense when you consider the transformation the Pixel line will be making. They’re meant to be a better version of the Nexus, with streamlined electronics made from premium materials.

Regardless of how premium these materials are, the XL is still a smartphone that fits into the palm of your hand. The UI, processor, and storage are encased in an aluminum that’s not unlike any other smartphone’s chassis. As a result, the Pixel XL will still be a fragile device that needs protection. But whatever goes around Google’s flagship should mimic its high-quality design. That means chunky plastic cases that beef out any Android it protects are out the window. What’s left are Pixel XL skins made from the finest 3M vinyl.

Manufacturers like dbrand use 3M vinyl because of its versatility and strength. It can withstand sharp edges, rough surfaces, and careless handling that would otherwise mark up the aluminum of a smartphone. It provides superior grip (to keep the XL where it’s supposed to be), and its addition makes the phone water-resistant. Check out to see what they can look like around your XL.

For the best protection, the XL should be wrapped up in a skin and then used carefully. Always store it in a pocket away from sharp objects and be mindful of where you put it. It should never be left near the edge of tables and other surfaces where it may fall and meet its end on the floor. These careful habits, alongside third-party protection, means anyone with a decaled XL will keep their phone for a long time, scratch- and crack-free.

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