Yesterday, during a special event, Google finally unveiled one of the most awaited smartphones of the fall: Google Pixel and Pixel XL. It’s available in two variants, with a 5.0″ and 5.5″ display. Actually, besides the display, the only differences are the resolution (full HD vs. QHD) and the battery capacity. Otherwise, the handsets are identical!
The phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chip, with a quad-core configuration, alongside an Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. It’s available with two storage options, with 32 or 128 GB, without the possibility of expanding this, using a microSD card. However, Google offers unlimited cloud storage for all your photos and videos, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
One of the main selling points of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the camera, considered by DXOMark as the best ever used on a smartphone. It’s relying an a 12 MP snapper, with a sensor size of 1/2.3″ and 1.55-micron pixels, meaning that the images will be incredibly crisp and clear. It has an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection, laser auto focus and electronic image stabilization. It also has an 8 MP snapper on the front, perfect for taking some high quality selfies.
Like mentioned above, the phones also differ when it comes to battery size. To be more specific, the 5.0″ Pixel has a 2770 mAh power pack, non-removable, while the bigger 5.5″ version comes with a 3450 mAh one.
Finally, we shouldn’t forget about the USB Type-C connector, Bluetooth 4.2 and the operating system, which is Android 7.1 Nougat, unaltered by a custom user interface.
Google Pixel is the replacement for the Nexus line-up, introduced a few years ago, being a combination between high-end specs, stock Android and, most important, a pocket-friendly price tag. Despite the name change, things haven’t changed that much, as both the Pixel and Pixel XL have premium specs and a pure, unaltered operating system installed. But when it comes to the price tag…let’s say that it’s not as cheap as previous models were.
Below you will find a complete list with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL prices for several countries where the handsets will be available!
As initially rumoured, the 32 GB Google Pixel will be available for $649, unlocked, directly from the Google Store. If you want more internal storage, you can opt for the 128 GB model, for $749.
As for the Pixel XL, it will begin at $749, for the 32 GB version, while the 128 GB one will retail for $869.
Of course, the handsets will also join Verizon’s offer, at $27,08 per month, for two years, and, probably, other carriers’, for way better prices, with a two-year contract.
Currently, the United States is the only country where you can get the phone in all three colors, Very Silver, Quite Black and Really Blue. If you’re fancying that blue model, your only option to get is to ask somebody living here to get it for you.
Moving on to Europe, the best price for the Google Pixel is offered by O2, with 3 GB of data, as well as unlimited texts and minutes, with £199.99 upfront and £31.50 per month.
The phone is also available through EE, with 5 GB of data and unlimited calls and texts, for £45.99 a month after £99.99 upfront.
If you want the bigger variant, the Google Pixel XL is available at Carphone Warehouse. You need to pay £159.99 upfront and £42 a month, but you will get 6 GB of data, unlimited texts and calls and, as a bonus, a £50 voucher for the Google Play Store.
It is also available at EE, for free, but you need to pay £55.99 per month, which gives you 10 GB of mobile data, as well as unlimited texts and minutes.
The Google Pixel will be available directly from the Google Store here, but you can now pre-order it from Telstra Right now. The 32 GB variant has a starting price of $85 per month, with a two-year contract, while the 128 GB one begins from $94 per month.
You can purchase the phone from JB Hi-Fi as well, but expect to pay much more for it. The 32 GB model has a price of $1074, while the 128 GB one is available at $1224.
Planning to get the XL in Australia? Telstra will offer the 32 GB XL starting with $114 per month, as well as the 128 GB one, starting with $121 per month. If you don’t fancy the idea of signing a two-year contract, you can choose JB Hi-Fi. This option will set you back $1269 or $1414, depending on the storage.
Starting with October 13, you will be able to pre-order the Pixels in India, through Flipkart, Reliance Digital, Croma and many other retailers.
The Google Pixel, with 32 GB of internal storage, will retail at Rs. 57,000, while the 128 GB model, will cost a bit more: Rs. 66,000. If you want the XL version, get ready to spend Rs. 67,000 for the 32 GB model, or Rs. 76,000 for 128 GB of space.