Google’s upcoming Pixel phones shown in clear photos as Google confirms Oct. 4 event

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One month after Google’s new Pixel phone leaked in black, both the Pixel and its larger Pixel XL sibling have appeared again, but in a new color.

Photos that show the front and back of the Pixel and Pixel XL have been leaked by Android Police. These are the aluminum versions of the phones, which have silver backs and white fronts.

Save for the color difference, these two phones look pretty similar to the device that was shown in August. We can see a glass square on the back that’s home to the rear camera, flash, and fingerprint reader, and around front there’s a sensor below the earpiece and a front-facing camera next to the earpiece. On the sides of the phones are the power/lock buttons and the volume rockers.

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A separate Google Pixel leak that surfaced today claimed that the base Pixel — the smaller of the two phones — will have a starting price of $649. That’s expected to be the price for the 32GB Pixel, so the prices for the more capacious Pixel and the larger Pixel XL will likely be higher.

In more official news, Google has posted a video teaser for…something that’s happening on Oct. 4. The video shows a search box that slowly morphs into a phone-like shape, and included in the description of the video is a link to a page for the announcement, madeby.google.com.

Now that we’re starting to get a clear picture of Google’s next flagship Android phones, what do you think of them?

Sources: Android Police (1), (2), Google

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  • Claire Pieterek

    Pricing seems high for phones that aren’t terribly innovative. Think I’ll be looking wry the LG V20 instead.

    • noh1bvisas

      same here.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    *Cough cough* iPhone!

    • Fabian

      *cough cough* ugly iPhone!

  • pseudoswede

    I lost interest in the Nexus/Pixel line when they got rid of wireless charging.

    • Steve

      There’s no such thing as wireless charging.

      • JBrowne1012

        Yeah there is regardless of your personal definition.

  • mikejones1876

    Idk it looks like two home buttons one on the back and front

    • steveb944

      The front one is just the specific numbering to track the units, so it’s blurred out.

  • Dee

    $649 for the smaller one? Seriously?

  • FIL

    I think they will keep the 5X and 6P around for another year and the Pixel line will be your premium. They may even update the specs on the 5X and 6P. The 6P was rumored earlier in the year to come out with updated specs. who knows

  • steveb944

    If this is the route of Nexus/Pixel, I’m looking at the V20 more closely and going on JUMP!

    • Corey Jalette

      Get jump on demand, way better than the jump program they currently have.

      • PC_Tool

        JoD is no longer offered as I understand it. If you have it, you can keep it, but no new lines.

        Heard this from two stores.

  • Jordan Bookhart

    Apple should sue them for this…how about a little imagination in the design department…my goodness

  • George Salcedo

    HTC keeps blowing it with these prices, hope pricing is lower than this.

  • CPPCrispy

    If the price stated is true then I have a feeling that Google is not going to sell many of these phones. I know I won’t be buying one at that price point.

    • DILAW IDDAHLA

      The Nexus 6 was released for $649 and it was sold out everywhere. This phone received lots of criticism and was still sold out at $649. I think the Pixel and XL will sell just fine in the beginning even if it’s released for $750. The price will drop quick though. I just want to see how good the camera is since HTC is making it. It would suck to pay that much for a phone with a so so camera

  • John Doe

    I thought Google Nexus phone was at average prices, for 649.00 for smaller version. I’d be better getting iPhone 7 plus or Note 7. There’s goes my hope of waiting for the next Nexus.

    • Acdc1a

      All rumor for now. If this is the case, expect a DEEP discount just a few short months from launch when none of these things move.

      • DILAW IDDAHLA

        I think people will buy them for even $750 as long as they have installment plans. A lot of people will ignore the phone’s price if you simple tell them “You can have this phone for only $28/month” They think “Wow that’s less than $1 a day.”

        • Acdc1a

          The thought of adding $28 a month to my phone bill sickens me. I’d rather add another line for no good reason.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          I completely agree with you, but I am telling you that’s how a lot of people think

  • JayCA

    I am going to get the white Pixel XL. I was wondering what the white one would look like.
    I think it looks amazing. :)

  • Rob

    Great. Expensive iClones. Guess I’m keeping my HTC 10 unless I decide to just go to Apple. With prices like that, I might as well get a 128GB 7 Plus and get out of the mess of fragmentation that is Android and the hardware and software issues that come from HTC… My 10 has a defective WiFi chip and looking at XDA, I’m far from alone. I switched from my 6GB Simple Choice plan to ONE for 5 bucks a month more just so I can have my battery last. Maybe it’s time to just get an iPhone. I switched to Authy so all of my authenticators are backed up and Steam and Battle.net are easy enough to deactivate and reactivate.

    • Acdc1a

      Fragmentation in Android is a direct result of manufacturers slow to push updates. If you compare it to just Nexus devices (that would be the fair comparison right?) there is no difference between iOS and Android. Seems like you’re just complaining to complain Rob.

      • DILAW IDDAHLA

        I have been an Android user forever and now I am really considering going to the iPhone. Every single Android device after a year I started having issues with. I love android and I have had nexus/galaxy/Motorola phones, but I know all my Galaxy devices (Note 2/3/4) after a year have a problem locating and locking to a GPS signal. When I start Google Maps I swear it takes 2 to 3 minutes to find my location and while I am driving sometimes it would lose my GPD location as I am driving in the city and I have full bars on LTE 4G. My nexus devices (Had the Galaxy Nexus/5/6) didn’t have the best signal reception and I have a relative that works for T-Mobile and he told me the Nexus 5 and 6 had the most dropped calls and this is one of the reasons T-Mobile doesn’t like to sell Nexus phones. I want to stay with Android, but I think they are meant to only be used for 1 – 1.5 years

        • Acdc1a

          My Nexus 6 has no dropped call issues…a dropped phone issue but that’s a different story. The Galaxy Note 3 had possibly the worst GPS in phone history which is a real shame because everything else about the device was simply epic.

          My free, unsolicited advice? Buy mid-rangers for less than $200 and replace them every year. If your iPhone lasts you 2 years you’re still way ahead not buying it.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          I had the nexus 6 and I personally didn’t have any dropped calls, but the headset speaker static was annoying, the battery life was awful and the phone was awkward to hold due to its size.
          Yeah getting a mid range device ID the smart way, but those mid range devices always lack something I want.

        • Acdc1a

          For what it’s worth the Moto G4 is one of the best devices I’ve ever used. Perfect size, battery life is great, and reception is out of this world. It doesn’t have NFC but it has expandable storage and a bright, clear 1080p display.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          I don’t care for NFC actually. I bought my dad the Moto pure edition for$239 with a 32gb micro SD card. It’s a nice phone, but the camera on it is so so. I am actually considering getting one for myself or iPhone

        • Julio

          I concur with you on that one. I was Android, but moved to iOS a few years ago. My biggest issue was the lack of updates and the carrier’s total control over whether I got it or not, which they don’t give a s__t, cause you know, they’ve already sold 7 other model Android phones since the purchase of mine, and they don’t give a f__k about wasting time on it anymore.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          Another thing I like about iPhones is their resale value. If Android phones were as reliable as iPhones I would not consider going to Apple. I am still thinking about it though and I have time

        • Julio

          That’s a good point. They’re like the Jeep’s of the phone world lol.

        • DILAW IDDAHLA

          Yeah, the Jeep Wrangler that is.

      • Rob

        Complaining to complain? I’ve owned the HTC Hero, HTC EVO (original WiMax), HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Captivate, HTC MyTouch 4G, LG G2x, HTC Sensation, Droid RAZR MAXX, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M7, HTC One M8, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and now the HTC 10.

        When you’ve owned as many Android phones as I have (plus the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD), it becomes a little more than complaining to complain. I’ve been there since the second Android phone was released and it’s been anything but a smooth ride. The Nexus 6 was a huge disappointment with the buzzing in the speaker on calls and Google forcing encryption despite the performance penalty. I have Jump 1 with T-Mobile and if I’m going to risk getting a phone that isn’t from T-Mobile, it had better be worth it. I don’t see the value proposition versus the HTC 10 I have now. Go tell someone else that they’re complaining to complain because I’ve supported Android since the beginning but I don’t delude myself into believing that Android doesn’t have its issues that iOS does not. If the cost is going to be the same, I’d rather have the iOS device, especially after the only other option for me was the Note 7 and if Samsung could be so careless as to let out that many defective batteries… I’d rather take my chances with Apple.

        • Acdc1a

          You’re blaming the platform for manufacturers and carries. Your Nexus 6 is still up to date is it not?

        • Rob

          My Nexus 6 started randomly freezing and rebooting, overheating, and randomly wouldn’t charge 6 months or so into ownership. I used Jump to get out of it and went to the Note 5. The manufacturers ARE the platform since Google does not produce their own hardware and I’ve had issues ranging from mild to ridiculous with every device I’ve had. The EVO was about the only one that I can honestly say I didn’t have issues with outside of Sprint never launching WiMax in Denver – that was after I traded it three times at the Sprint store to get one that had a white screen anyway. The fact that HTC went with two different LCDs with the 10 is why I haven’t bothered with exchanging for the WiFi defect. Everything else works fine and it’s totally hit or miss with HTC so I’d rather just use LTE.

          Google has vowed to crack down on OEMs. We will see what happens.

  • noh1bvisas

    fugly and waaaaaay too expensive.

  • Larry Hutchinson

    I’m confused its the same price point of the iPhone 7 standard why are y’all complaining about the price we don’t even know the real specs yet

    • Acdc1a

      Because of what you can buy outside of the Apple environment for a LOT less money.

    • Rob

      Snapdragon 821 and 4GB of RAM. The 821 is just a higher binned 820 so it won’t throttle as much. Nothing all that special. Definitely not worth the asking price, sorry.

  • TheRealKingSen

    Looks like I will buy a 6p when the price drops

  • robert wolf brind

    I’m in! I just hope they are available from Google. I was reading that Verizon may get an exclusive deal for them. I am also hoping that tmo will bring back the (Nexus/Pixel) phones to their stores, and keep with that deep tradition of keeping us “vanilla android users” happy.

  • J Cav the Great

    The fact they look so close to an iPhone, is killing me.

  • Iamnumber6

    $750 for a device with no expandable storage? When there are so many other alternatives with better specs and expandable storage for less? I think I will pass.

  • Zacamandapio

    Huawei made?
    P8 anyone?

  • ecdy

    At 649. my refurb Nexus 5 looks like a great bargain. And it has wireless charging. Really the only things it doesn’t have are TMo Band 12 and wireless calling, but the overcrowding on the other bands will be alleviated by all the people using Band 12 on their later Nexus phones, so I won’t even notice it. And I can use Vonage, at least one way.

    And by the way, that makes my Galaxy Core Prime, with replaceable SD card, Band 12, and TMo wireless calling (but alas! no wireless charging), which I bought on a TMO special for about $90., an even greater bargain. A little slower, but 1/7 the price.

    • TylerCameron

      A little slower? Also runs obsolete software. Low-end phones are actually the worst value. Mid to high-mid-range phones present the best value.

      I honestly don’t know why you’d buy a Core Prime when you have a Nexus 5.

    • Ecdy

      For all the reasons I gave, plus now you can by a wireless charging antenna for the core prime and others for about $2.

  • donnybee

    So..
    Are these clear photos or blurred photos…? Because it’s looking like the latter….

    I had to do a double take on the second photo. It looked like they were comparing it to an iPhone. But nope, that’s the Pixel. Their designers have the easiest jobs.

  • Joemail

    Brace yourselves people! At these prices they better be everything the newest flagships offer.

    • samagon

      that price doesn’t sound right.

  • guest

    ill pass on this one. keeping my nexus 6p that looks way better

  • Am I the only one excited for this phone to come out? Maybe I’ll be able to buy it on cyber Monday…

  • brybry

    Like all other HTC phones will the camera be the downfall?

    • Andrew Singleton

      the 10 is reguarded as one of the top 2 lenses in android

      • Rob

        Just make sure you carry a microfiber with you. I’ve never had a lens that was so prone to fingerprints and oils and unlike every other phone I’ve ever had, it’s not a simple matter of just wiping it with my shirt and the fingerprints completely destroy image quality. I’ve never had a phone that was so sensitive to fingerprints affecting the image quality but my 10 is literally a blur which means I can’t just pull it out and use it. I also don’t know how it attracts fingerprints so easily since it’s recessed deep in the case I have and I never grab it by the camera but I’ll be damned if every time I pull it out to use it I don’t have to take 10 seconds wiping the lens.

    • You must not have used an M10.

  • Android_God

    I really hope these aren’t as ugly as they appear. Google has a history of taking a step forward, then going back, going forward again, going back again, rinse and repeat.

  • Mike Thaler

    Did I miss it in description?
    Will this have removable battery and SD card slot?

    We had an HTC a few years ago – but didn’t bother to look at HTC when they started to emulate Apple and dispensed w. those features.

    Guess Samsung is sorry their “7” didn’t have replaceable battery.

    • SirStephenH

      Doubt it. Google has been strongly against their use in Nexus devices.

  • SirStephenH

    No front facing stereo speakers, likely no OIS, looks like an iPhone clone, “XL” only 5.5″, should have retired 32GB by now… I don’t know, I was hoping to find a replacement for my 2 year old Nexus 6 but it looks like I may have to hold onto it for another year.

    • MrClutch

      Agreed. Does not quite seem like a flagship device then.

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  • michael

    OMG no that is gotta be close to copyright infringement i swear i thought that was an Iphone which i hate, thank god for samsung

    • David

      Copyright only deals with written works or art. This would be a patent claim for a design patent. However, I do believe many courts invalidated Apple’s design patent, regardless it isn’t a copyright violation.

  • They are going to bring in all the older iPhone people and let them use their old cases with it. Will help with the transition. /s