Pixel and Pixel XL are Google's new dudes in town. We all know that Alphabet's best bet into the premium smartphone market has been crafted by HTC. But if a report on a website specialising in smartphone teardowns is anything to go by, the new handsets aren't completely HTC-made.
iFixit, a portal which tears down premium and 'talked about' smartphones to reveal their build and parts, has an interesting piece of information for all Google and HTC aficionados. Pixel and Pixel XL, which have been crafted by Google and HTC, have a number of parts manufactured by one of their biggest competitors - Samsung Electronics. Yes, you read that right. The South Korean tech giant is responsible for that stylish AMOLED screen. Not only that, Samsung has even supplied the RAM and flash storage the two Google-owned handsets currently flaunt.
The report does say that Apple's iPhones have certain components manufactured by Samsung, too. However, the fact that Google's devices carry a 'designed and engineered in California' tag, is what the website has pinned its focus on. Revealing further, it mentions that apart from the specifications mentioned above, many key components of the phones have been supplied by Qualcomm as well. These include the Snapdragon 821 processor, audio codecs, and network sensors among others. The camera, a feature due to which Pixel and Pixel XL have been drawing the maximum hurrahs, has in fact been made by Sony. The devices sport the Japanese manufacturer's IMX 378 image sensor.
On the other hand, parts especially the battery, have come from HTC's stables - to say a move which may have come in handy for both Google and HTC, given that Samsung has had to recall and suspend productions of its recently launched Galaxy Note 7 series of smartphones. The rest, well whatever remains of it has been made by HTC.
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