Google Pixel and Pixel XL now official

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After appearing in countless leaks over the past month or two, Google’s new Pixel phones are now official.

Google today introduced the Pixel and Pixel XL, which are touted as being “made by Google” and feature Google branding. The phones launched by Google over the past several years have used the “Nexus” brand in collaboration with other manufacturers, but these new phones carry the “Pixel” brand that’s been used for only a few high-end devices that Google have marketed as their own, like the Chromebook Pixel and the Pixel C tablet.

When it comes to raw specs, these Pixels share many features. They’ve both got 12.3-megapixel rear cameras with 1.55um large pixels and f/2.0 apertures — which Google touts got the highest rating from camera benchmark group DxOMark — and they’ve both got 8-megapixel front cameras. To help Pixel owners take advantage of these cameras, Google will give them unlimited storage of high-resolution photos and videos on Google Photos.

Continuing on with the shared spec lists, both Pixel phones are powered by Snapdragon 821 processors and 4GB of RAM. They’ve both got 32GB and 128GB storage options, and they both pack USB Type-C ports and quick charging support, too.

There are a couple of areas where these two phones differ. As you might’ve guessed by their names, the Pixel XL is a bit larger than the Pixel, offering a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display while the Pixel’s got a 5-inch 1920×1080 panel. The Pixel XL’s battery is a bit larger, too, measuring in at 3,450mAh while the Pixel’s is 2,770mAh.

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On the software side, both phones are powered by Android 7.1 Nougat. They come with Google Assistant, Google’s new voice assistant that can answer your questions, send messages, make dinner reservations, use a Google Now on Tap-style ability to read what’s on your screen and give you more info about its contents, and more.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be available in three colors: Quite Black, Very Silver, and a Really Blue that Google says is limited edition. Pricing starts at $649 or $27 per month for the 32GB Pixel and goes up to $749 for the 128GB Pixel, $769 for the 32GB Pixel XL, and $869 for the 128GB Pixel XL. Verizon will be Google’s exclusive US carrier partner for selling the Pixel phones, but they’ll also be available unlocked in the Google Store.

While T-Mobile won’t be selling Google’s Pixels in its stores, both phones will fully support T-Mobile network features. That includes Extended Range LTE, VoLTE, and Wi-Fi Calling. The Pixel and Pixel XL support LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30, and when it comes to carrier aggregation, they support 2XCA and 3XCA.

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Source: Google

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  • emcdonald75

    The Pixel XL 128GB costs the same price as the iPhone 7 Plus 128GB and more than the Galaxy Note 7!? Give me a break. With that large bottom bezel, there should have been front facing speakers or the fingerprint scanner moved to the front of the phone. The black color model is the only one that’s tolerable. The other models look like cheap phones made by and sold at Walmart or other bargain cellular phone resellers. The Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are still the top cell phones for 2016, unless the LG V20 brings something to the table, but I doubt it. The camera quality and display previews for the LG V20 do not look good, but the headphone audio is excellent according to early reviews. The Pixel phones are only good for those that want a clean Android OS and updates, but I will still wait on device reviews before making any final judgments.

    • PiCASSiMO

      I’m agreeing with you on the top and bottom waste of space. Would love it if it had HTC’s 2-speakers.

      • Rob

        The HTC 10 speaker configuration is horribly broken… Half the time my apps don’t play anything out of the top speaker (it’s app specific, not hardware) or a notification will make the phone stop playing sound until an app is closed and reopened and the speakerphone and ringtone are purely through the tweeter which sounds horrible. I love the 10 but it shouldn’t be considered as dual speaker anymore…

        • PiCASSiMO

          Didn’t know that… thank you for sharing.

        • Rob

          It’s the only thing I hate about this phone besides the ridiculous slowdown when the battery is below 20% and I put it on the charger. Until it gets to 50% or so, performance takes a beating to manage thermals. Although that safeguard keeps my phone from exploding so I shouldn’t complain too much lol

  • Nichk

    Tmobile really should of tried to get this phone. Wasn’t optimistic because John Legere seems to be an iPhone fanatic

    • Henry Pham

      So now the questions are whether all of T-Mobile’s bands are supported (seems like it from glancing at the specs) and wifi calling will work?

      • pops87

        Unless tmo releases a separate wifi-calling app, I doubt it.

        • Rob

          I had the Nexus 6. It had WiFi calling after the Marshmallow update. Worked as well as WiFi calling does… Which is to say, not very well.

      • Alex Wagner

        Both Pixel phones will support T-Mo’s Extended Range LTE, VoLTE, and Wi-Fi Calling, according to @askdes:

        https://twitter.com/askdes/status/783356210435067904

        • Henry Pham

          Thanks! If battery life is as good as claimed by Google, this will likely be my next. Full T-Mobile compatibility without the carrier bloat and update delays makes this worth the high price of admission.

      • kbiel

        Wifi calling is baked into Android. Has been since Marshmallow.

        • Henry Pham

          So any unlocked Android phone with Marshmallow or later will support wifi calling? If so that’s something awesome!

        • Rob

          No that’s not the case. OEMs regularly remove support for it because it’s not used on international phones. My HTC 10 is on the Europe base and it doesn’t have VoLTE or WiFi calling as a result. I don’t use either though and I wanted to be on the latest release which was the Europe build at the time. Now it’s the US unlocked which supports both WiFi calling and VoLTE but I’m too lazy to switch back.

        • Henry Pham

          Good to know, thanks. Too bad as it’d make some cheap unlocked phones appealing. Will stick to Google phones then.

        • Rob

          Most of the cheap unlocked phones don’t support VoLTE either even if they support B12 so you could find yourself in a situation where you have a signal but can’t make a call due to only B12 reception.

        • Acdc1a

          Only certain OEM’s keep it baked in. All the Nexus phones have it.

        • kbiel

          As long as the carrier implementation follows open standards, I would assume yes.

        • Rob

          Besides Motorola and the Nexus phones, who else besides HTC has left it in?

        • kbiel

          I don’t know. Who has taken it out and on which carriers? My wife’s LG V10 and our family Kyocera Hydro Wave has the exact same WiFi calling controls as my Nexus 6P. The icon is different on the LG, but LG’s UX has a different skin and most of the icons look different from AOSP/Nexus. The Kyocera icon is exactly the same as the Nexus. I would assume that they are the same implementation.

        • Rob

          I guess the real problem is trying to gather all the info on unlocked phones. It seems like in general, phones that carriers sell, tend to be more likely to have wifi calling (but not VoLTE). Phones not sold in the US generally don’t have it.

        • det_b

          SIP Client / VoIP support, not carrier specific WiFi Calling

        • kbiel

          There is nothing carrier specific in the Nexus line of phones and yet the Nexus 6, 5X, and 6P support T-Mobile WiFi calling since Marshmallow. What does that tell you?

    • Android_God

      That’s not how this works

    • Rob P

      Right he is always on crappies nuts but come nexus or now pixel we don’t here a peep

  • tiG

    I’m not impressed. Looks like a iphone version. Even worse is the price vs Note 7 for the XL model… Their 6P was better.

  • pops87

    Google needs to be a little clearer. Verizon will be only CARRIER selling the phone, Tmo and other GSM carriers can still get the unlocked version from the Google Store. There’s a lot of confusion, people on Twitter are saying the phone will only work on Verizon, which isn’t true.

  • Dave Slater

    I’d assume so, but is there confirmation from Google that the Pixel is fully (B12 voLTE wifi calling) t-mobile compatible?

    • Alex Wagner

      I’ve updated the post with this info, but @askdes has confirmed that Extended Range LTE, VoLTE, and Wi-Fi Calling are supported.

      https://twitter.com/askdes/status/783356210435067904

    • kbiel

      It would be a step down from the Nexus 5X and 6P if it didn’t have band 12; so I would assume that it does.

    • det_b

      1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30

      • emcdonald75

        With this late release, and the Pixels have no support for Band 66? Come on Google! 64GB should have been the base memory configuration, waterproofing, a speaker in the earpiece, fingerprint scanner built into the display and no carrier exclusivity would have made me buy the phone. Now, I’m done.

  • Acdc1a

    No, just no…

  • Rob

    What a joke. I guess I’m holding on to my HTC 10 this year. If I was going to spend that kind of cash I would just get the iPhone. 649 bucks for a 1080p phone? You have got to be kidding…

    The AMOLED 5.5″ QHD Pixel XL should be 649 and come with 64GB of storage IMO. That would have been a little less insane.

  • emcdonald75

    I hate carrier exclusives. Why can’t Google release the phone to all carriers with no carrier bloat and provide seamless updates? Why is that so hard for Google and not Apple?

    • Rob

      Because Apple said from the start that if carriers wanted the iPhone, they were going to comply with everything Apple demanded of them. Google didn’t start out of the gate with their own device, they relied on OEMs to make Android succeed so Google can’t strong arm anyone now. The carriers will refuse to sell Google’s phone and just carry the other OEMs.

      • Drewski

        Sad to say this, but Samsung really does smell bad. I despise Samsungs with a freaking passion. They are the biggest copy cats of the iPhone/apple products Bro. I’d rather back up Google/Google Pixel phones/products, verse nosense behind Samsung phones. I even despise LG phones too. It’s all about ZTE, Alcatel, HTC and Coolpad phones now. Screw Samsung/LG for that matter Bro.

        • Rob

          I agree completely. I despise Samsung and I still refuse to give LG another chance after they screwed up the G2x and dropped support for it, causing all of us with broken phones to have to buy new phones outright. I really hope the Pixel sells so HTC sticks around because I’ll go back to a flip phone before I’ll ever buy another Samsung.

        • Drewski

          Yes yes so True. I’d rather get an IPhone verses having to get wannabe IPhone products like LG or Samsung Bro. LG/Samsung really do piss me the heck off Brother. I most importantly will support Google(especially the pixel phones).

    • det_b

      Better question, why can’t Samsung? They should be the one to lead that fight.

      • Rob

        Why would Samsung do something that makes them actually have to work harder?

        • det_b

          You mean less hard? They can make a single “world phone”, and tell the carriers to take it as is. They have the market power to dictate whatever they want.

        • Rob

          They would never make a single SKU. Samsung intentionally keeps them separate and has done so since at least as far back as the original Galaxy S. Despite them all having the same hardware, Samsung made it so that international ROMs would not work on US models (buttons and touch screen orientation got messed up and required a kernel mod for every single ROM port). There was zero reason to do that at the time but they did anyway. HTC is the only OEM that has ever made it easy. My S-OFF HTC 10 can run any ROM or firmware from any phone and I’ve even converted it from T-Mobile to US unlocked to now Europe unlocked. Samsung won’t ever bring their product lines into one branch and that fact is made even worse with the Exynos thrown in the mix.

          And yes I know S-OFF isn’t official from HTC, only the bootloader is, but they’ve finally stopped releasing updates to block S-OFF exploits. Even with S-ON though, a bootloader unlock can still run international bases without need of any special kernel or partition mods.

        • Drewski

          Sorry, but det_b is absolutely right about Samsung being in need to lead the fight. Come on Bro, Samsung is always so busy copy catting off of Google/IPhone/Apple products. At least Google are doing this the proper way, verses it being a Dear Samsung situation. Why do you think Samsung is severly having major issues with just about all of their phones/products now? Because they smell like butt. I will never ever entice myself into buying a phone from Samsung. They are the weakest link to be honest with you.

      • emcdonald75

        Well I mentioned Google because of their line that the new Pixel phones are made by Google, the creator of the Android OS. If this phone’s hardware is designed by Google and the Android OS is designed by Google, then this phone should have been available to all wireless carriers with updates and support. The last time I checked, Samsung’s S7, S7 Edge and the Note7 phones are available on all wireless carriers in the US and beginning tomorrow, it will be available for T-Mobile.

  • PiCASSiMO

    Not happy with the Apple pricing strategy. $650 for a 32GB phone? Slap another $100 for the additional 96GB of space? Come on Google. What happened to the value of your Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 phones?

    We’ve gone through the N4 and N5, and skipped the N6, N5X, N6P generations, and I was hoping for something a little more appealing. But this is too much.

    I’ll be looking at the V20 or the Note 7 as my next phone, and buying it through T-Mobile.

    • Acdc1a

      This is a new line…and can’t fault them for trying to go big. Here’s the biggest problem, too many options in the market that are better for less.

      • George Salcedo

        There’s no way to know what’s better at this point.

        • Acdc1a

          Sure there is. There are much better speced phones for less money. How they perform in the wild is the question.

        • Rob

          This is the first Snapdragon 821 device to launch so there is currently no “better speced” device. The 821 has been binned so it can handle its speed without throttling. It’s a shame Google defaulted to 2.2GHz and 1.6GHz of the 820 instead of the 2.4GHz and 2GHz the 821 is binned for but the big cores are just a simple kernel matter to overclock.

        • Acdc1a

          Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe…so…there’s that…but you will have to get it from Taiwan.

        • Rob

          I guess I should have put an asterisk and said “in the US” :P

        • George Salcedo

          Much better specs don’t equate to better phones. Samsungs have good specs and they don’t perform as they should.

  • Android_God

    This had to be the worst product launch in the history of mankind!! WTF was Rick all about with his sunglasses hanging off his goofy shirt! So much fail in one presentation!

  • Alex Pilaia

    Wow. What a bad gimmick. I’d rather spend $399 on the OnePlus 3 or the Axon 7 or the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe. Google bombed on this one..

    • Rob P

      I’m looking at op3 now.the exclusive ns turned me off

  • det_b

    The most important question: will the unlocked version support TMo WiFi calling?

    **UPDATE**
    Seems @askdes has “confirmed” this

    • Rob

      All Nexus phones have since Marshmallow.

      • det_b

        Not true.

        • Rob

          Technically correct. Nexus 6 and up. I forgot about the 5 not getting it.

        • det_b

          It’s carrier specific firmware for those 3 particular phones. Nothing to say that will continue on this new line. I sure hope so though.

        • Rob

          It’s already been confirmed. Read below for the tweet.

        • kbiel

          No it isn’t. Nexus/AOSP includes a open standard of WiFi calling and VoLTE. T-Mobile supports this standard.

  • David

    I ordered mine. I got the 128GB Pixel XL. I cant wait!

    • emcdonald75

      What color?

      • David

        Black

  • Dark enV

    If these had expandable storage I wouldn’t be that upset about the pricing but they’re trying to be Apple here and I just don’t see it working as well. The phones look awesome but the fan base for these phones aren’t as big as Apple’s fan base, especially considering that there are many other android options out there around the same price and there’s a lot of really great options that are cheaper like the OnePlus 3 and ZTE Axon 7. $550 might’ve been a better starting price. Phone looks great though.

    • Rob

      I’m seeing articles saying they do have expandable storage. I wonder if we are looking at a case of miscommunication about certain things. It wouldn’t be the first time.

      • Dark enV

        I was looking around and haven’t seen anything stating they have expandable storage. It would be kind of odd that they’d sell a 32GB and 128GB phone with expandable storage though.

  • ObsceneJesster

    Not being made available on all 4 carriers means this phone is DOA.

    • Yeah that decision disappoints me, but isn’t entirely shocking…

      • Rob

        T-Mobile had so many problems coordinating with Google over the 6 that I’m not surprised they wont carry it. At least with it getting to Verizon, you’ll be able to find them on eBay in short order and they’ll work on any carrier.

        • You’ll also be able to directly purchase unlocked Pixel’s from Google. IMHO – It looks like a VERY nice phone and the price point isn’t AWFUL, but I’m still glad I ordered my iPhone 7 Plus yesterday…

        • Rob

          I’m actually so annoyed with the price of the Pixels I’m keeping my HTC 10 this year. If I wanted to pay for an iPhone I would get an iPhone and that’s the uphill battle this device has.

    • BadBatz

      Well, will work on T-Mob with all network-supported features (and probably on AT&T and Sprint, too.) It is unlocked if bought from Google (and not only from Gogle.)

      Then, of course, there’s this thing called Project Fi. I’ve been using a Nexus 5x on Project Fi for some time and, although 5x is no HTC 10, the calling features on Project Fi are extremely appealing especially if one is not a heavy data user.
      The new Pixel phones work with Project Fi out of the box,

      • ObsceneJesster

        I know it will work on T-Mobile just fine but I can’t use a Jump on Demand on it. =(

  • NavyVeteran

    32gb and 128GB only? LOL Should be 64GB to start with and for phucks sake, why only sell through VZW and Google Store??? This is why I am starting to rethink the Google Phone.. Shameful

    • JMccovery

      I could somewhat swallow $649 for the regular Pixel if it came with 64GB, but good lord, 32 makes it a bad deal.

  • Rey Charger

    WTF is this 2007 again? Like icrap was the exclusive to att. Come on now Google.

    • Rob

      Verizon paid. Google landed a large carrier for a large audience. The 6P desperately needed a larger audience than it got. It’s a win for Google.

  • FryChickenIsha

    I’m keeping my Nexus 6P. Hopefully by next year google gets their $h!t together. I honestly dislike htc.

    • Rob

      HTC is likely the only one that didn’t mind having the phone branded as a Google product and not their product.

    • George Salcedo

      HTC makes good hardware and the sense os is very good as well.

      • Rob

        Eh… HTC always overlooks something… Like the WiFi chipset in the 10. Over half of us get more battery drain using WiFi, especially a huge drop in standby time, than on LTE. I upgraded to unlimited because of it. Most don’t know just how much battery life the 10 actually can get and they’re so used to 4 hours of SoT that 4 1/2 to 5 hours of screen on time is great for them. They have no idea the phone can hit 6 easily and with tweaking, 7.

  • kev2684

    Verizon Exclusive android iPhone without a home button.

    The only good thing about this is unlimited photo/video cloud storage in original resolution. Garbage.

  • Bradley Karas

    Pass!!!

  • noh1bvisas

    $869 for a XL with 128GB. no frigging way. i’ll buy an iphone for that price. at least an iphone comes with snob appeal. smart move by tmo to not waste shelf space on this loser.
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    first choice is the v20, if they ever release pricing. not sure what the secret is.

  • gulo

    Does anyone know what size SIM card it will use and how can I get one for free from T-mobile. I currently have Nexus 5

    • Rob

      It’s a nano SIM. Go to the T-Mobile store and ask. If they say no, call loyalty while you’re at the store and they should ship you one just for the inconvenience of having to go to the store just to be told you would be charged.

  • John

    No OIS? WTF!!!! For that price I’ll better off getting iPhone 7 plus or Note 7, one+3, Huawei honor 8, Axon 7. LOL!!!

  • Android_God

    This is essentially a Nexus phone (spec wise) that Google thought they could slap the, Pixel name on and up the price. After 10 years, Google continues to have the absolute worst product launches.

    • Rob

      It’s a cut down HTC 10 at a higher price and sports a Google logo.

  • Jose M

    Rather have S7.

  • guidomus_maximus

    It seems its living up to the Pixel Brand: Too expensive. Add carrier exclusive to that and this turd won’t fly

    • noh1bvisas

      you can use it with any carrier, you just can’t buy it from them.

      • Rob P

        That’s what ppl are pissed off about Google financing sucks.rather use my tmo account to just pay it off

        • noh1bvisas

          i can see that. i generally buy it outright. google isn’t charging interest, that’s something.

        • Rob P

          Yea it’s easier in my opinion to have it all on one bill instead of have all these bills from different bill collwcters

  • dtam

    too expensive. the nexus line used to be a great value but less and less with each new iteration and the pixel is the culmination of the decrease in value. it’s now the same price as other mainstream devices. If you really want this device, just wait for the price drop that is bound to happen in a few months

    • Rob

      I wouldn’t count on it dropping too much. HTC is only now dropping the 10 by 150 and the Pixel is a cut down version of the HTC 10. Hell even though it uses the Snapdragon 821, HTC kicked the clocks down from 2.4GHz on the big cores and 2GHz on the little cores to the same 2.2/1.6 the 820 in the 10 has!

      • Acdc1a

        Probably to avoid possible overheating issues. I won’t fault HTC for being cautious on that.

        • Rob

          Actually it is HTC’s fault. The 10 throttles considerably as well. I have to set mine over the AC vent to keep it cool enough to not tank while benchmarking while Samsung and LG both managed to reign in the 820 just fine. But yeah they pulled back the cores to push the throttle away. Basically the Pixel *should* perform how the 10 would have with a proper heatsink.

      • dtam

        HTC is DOA then, even Samsung has BOGO promotions and free goodies. LG gives free stuff with their phones.

        • Rob

          HTC did give away free stuff. I got a second charger and a second USB-C cable plus the Ice View case for ordering it from T-Mobile. The thing is, with it being on Verizon, it will probably sell well at that price point. Verizon customers tend to not really care about price as much as Sprint and T-Mobile customers.

        • dtam

          samsung gave a vr headset and partnered with tmo to give free netflix, on each of the BOGO free S7E’s I bought. LG usually gives a 2nd battery and charging cradle or high capacity SD card.

          Amazon had the firephone exclusively on ATT and that flopped.

          Time will tell though

        • ReyParamore

          Verizon customers also mainly choose iPhone or Samsung… The Nexus, Sony and HTC phones they sell never do well…

        • Rob

          Yeah but the HTC isn’t branded HTC at all, it’s the Google Pixel and it is totally an iClone. It’s the closest to an iPhone you’ll see any carrier have so for the Android lovers that like the design of the iPhone but prefer Android, it’s a no-brainer. I can see both sides of the coin but there is definitely a market for this phone and I’d say that Verizon would be where the phone would be the most likely to succeed, especially with the HTC stigma removed since it has none of HTC’s branding. The M series would have done a lot better if it wasn’t for HTC’s track record. HTC was long known as the most problematic cell phones, going back all the way to the Windows Mobile days. I had plenty of HTC WM phones and I had to replace every single one of them at least one time in a year. The M7 was amazing and the worst issue I ever had with it was just how hot the device got but the M7 and M8 were pretty much flawless devices. The only reason I ended up with the M7 (because of all the problems I had with HTC in the past) was because my roommate didn’t listen to me and he went from the S3 to the M7 while I went from the S3 to the S4. It was less than an hour before he asked me to switch phones with him because he couldn’t figure out the HTC at all. I was going to have him go exchange it for another S4 but I fell in love with it and kept it. HTC’s reputation has been removed from the equation here for all but the tech savvy who read up on phones. People will pick it up, play with the camera, like the design, and out the door it goes. With an AMOLED screen, the HTC screen issues will be wiped away too. HTC pretty much always had more than one panel manufacturer in their phones. I remember exchanging my Evo 4 times to get one with a white screen…

          HTC’s other problem has been marketing. If Google picks up the marketing, especially highlighting the Assistant feature which is actually fairly robust, this phone could be a hit even at its ridiculous price tag.

        • Rob P

          I don’t see it most peaple That buy Google phones like to flash tinker.and Verizon really hates ppl messing with there software.

        • Rob

          Well if Google bootloader locks it for Verizon then they deserve to fail.

        • George Salcedo

          Samsung sucks period, they need those promos to sell devices. HTC needs more marketing

  • benny

    Copying appearance and prices from iPhone doesn’t make it attractive like an iPhone. Not even close.

    • Dean

      Pretty sad that it’s almost an exact copy of an iPhone

      • Rob

        Yeah, HTC copied a design they came up with in the first place. Apple has stolen lots of design cues from HTC over the years, why else would they have signed a 10 year cross-licensing agreement while suing the pants off of Samsung?

        • ReyParamore

          I wish HTC could be as great as they once were… Ugh I miss them so much I guess my last Android will be the HTC 10…

        • Drew

          Yeah, a lot of people aren’t aware of this. Hence the reason HTC was allowed to design their last 2 or 3 devices that bare a close resemblance to the iPhone without a word from the Apple camp.

        • Rob

          And why they won’t hear a word about the Pixel either. Apple actually stole a lot of HTC’s design ideas over the years. Apple wouldn’t have a cross-licensing agreement with HTC if they knew they would win a lawsuit against them. This way HTC can make phones that steal design cues from Apple and Apple can take any innovative design HTC does and use it as well. It mutually beneficial since both parties had something to offer the other. After all, HTC figured out the perplexing problem of a unibody aluminum phone.

  • noh1bvisas

    google is pixelated. bonus points if you get the movie reference.

  • NardVa

    This phone is expensive and ugly. If I want an over priced ugly phone, I would get an Iphone.

    • Richard Roma

      An ugly iphone, yeah ok. That’s an oxymoron.

  • Michael Tran

    Where is the RGB notification light at? is it in the bottom bezel?

    • noh1bvisas

      maybe the whole bezel lights up – like a disco dance floor. it’s big enough.

      • Enrique Escobar

        ROFL

  • wjrandon

    Too bad the Pixel doesn’t support 4×4 MIMO. It’s already expensive and it won’t even be future proof. I’m going to wait until next year to upgrade. This device is destined for the bargain bin.

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  • noh1bvisas

    will it support tmo’s 256QAM?

    • Rob

      The HTC 10 supports it so the Pixel does too. It doesn’t have the antenna for 4×4 MIMO though.

  • Genecio

    I pre-ordered mainly because I want an unlocked Android device that gets immediate updates. I also wanted to start buying my devices out right. Didn’t realise that it comes with many adapters and cables in the box. OTG dongle etc. I wanted to support Google’s first forray into hardware development. The bezel is slightly larger than I would like, but it comes in handy once you use a case and hold your phone horizontal as to not allow your fingers to block the screen while watching videos or playing games.

    • Rob

      It’s not made by Google, HTC made it. Google gave design input but it’s HTC hardware.

      • Genecio

        True, however that can be said about many manufacturers. Like the iPhone made/assembled in China, lol. However, this time around Google tried to really bring it. I am willing to support them because years from now…..who knows…..in a few years Google may be the NEXT BEST THING.

      • George Salcedo

        No that’s incorrect, HTC manufactured it but they didn’t design it. Love HTC though.

        • Rob

          HTC is the only one who could design it. It’s an iClone and it’s not too dissimilar to their A9 they previously released. Apple and HTC have a 10 year cross-licensing agreement where they can infringe on each other’s designs as much as they want. If it was designed by Google, they would be open to a massive lawsuit from Apple. Google told HTC what they were looking for, HTC submitted designs, Google approved, HTC built. If it went any other way, Google is asking for it.

      • Drew

        I thought that too but this has no OEM branding of any kind. I think HTC may have given some design cues but in the keynote they mention that this is a ‘Google’ phone thru and thru… Which leads me to believe that no OEM’s were given credit for this device.

        • Rob

          Yeah. Google took advantage of HTC having a cross-licensing agreement with Apple in order to make an iClone without having to fear the wrath of Apple. If they had called on Samsung or LG to do this, Apple would have had them in court as soon as the leaks hit. HTC made a lot of phones this way. The MyTouch series of phones for example. T-Mobile branded but made by HTC. They also made the iPAQ for HP and the Treo 650 for Palm. They were largely an ODM for most of their early existence really. They’re just taking on that role for Google here but make no mistake, Google had input in the design but it’s very much an HTC design.

      • AussieB

        Like Foxconn makes the iPhone. Google says they’ve designed it from the beginning

      • NardVa

        The Pixel phones are copies of the HTC A9. This has HTC design written all over it.

    • AussieB

      Well Nexus users thought they’d get quick updates only to find out today that pixels get them before Nexus

    • samagon

      meh, back in the day, when a jump from Eclair to Froyo meant something, it was a big deal. Since kitkat, it’s been real hard to actually notice the update. owning a google branded device isn’t as big a deal.
      .
      I’ve had nothing but nexus devices since the N1, but I’m probably going to end up in something like a LG V20 for my next phone.

  • ReyParamore

    Honestly I’m about done with Android… The more they get closer to iPhone the more I hate it. Then to add insult to injury you’re gonna make Verizon the carrier exclusive… LOL DOA

    • noh1bvisas

      you can use it with all the major carriers, but you have to buy it through the google store if you don’t go with verizon.
      .
      i know what you mean about android phones, lately, though. if the v20 doesn’t work for me i’m going to an iphone or more likely stay with my g3.

      • AussieB

        Best buy will also have it. I don’t understand the Verizon exclusive in 2016

        • noh1bvisas

          maybe V was the only one dumb enough (or desperate enough) to waste shelf space on it.

        • NardVa

          I don’t think all 4 carriers had interest in carrying the phone. T-Mobile and Sprint may have been on board, but AT&T normally doesn’t care to sell the Nexus brand. I’m guessing Verizon probably had a little interest, but wouldn’t get on board without an exclusive. So the options may have been Verizon only (the largest carrier) or T-Mobile and Sprint (two smallest carriers).

  • Kevin

    Damn it Google, you just went full Apple. Never go full Apple.

    • Drewski

      Not really. Google does it way Better though, Bro.

    • Critic4U

      That’s awesome lol

  • gmo8492

    The prices on both the Pixel and the XL version are horrendous.Google really messed up here and is going to fail just like HTC has with the 10, T-Mobile doesn’t even stock it anymore.

    • George Salcedo

      The 10 is an awesome device, t-mobile kisses Sammy and apples ass so sucks for tmobile. The price was the reason the 10 failed imo

  • Philip

    Its kinda expensive. Google not subsidized the phone? I like the AMOLED screen.

    • AussieB

      My 64gb Nexus 6p that I got a few months ago is looking like an even better value

    • Michael Tran

      Kind of worried about the nav buttons and the burn-in they are going to cause. With the hollow nav icons, you can see it but since it covers less space it isn’t as bothersome. These solid buttons might be more annoying when the burn-in sets in.

    • Ordeith

      No kidding. I thought Google subsidized everything with advertising, that was the trade off. Now we get to be spied on, profiled, advertised to AND have to pay more for the “privilege”. Thanks but no thanks.

  • SirStephenH

    Exclusivity is bulls***!

    • AussieB

      Buy it at Google Store or Best Buy.. But yeah, it’s a stupid move if they want it to be a flagship and most customers buy phones through carriers

  • Kinda want one not gonna lie.

  • JMF_mobile

    If they’re going to charge that much and even imitate Apple’s moronic skipping of a 64 GB option, complete with a $100 upgrade charge to 128 GB, you might as well just buy the iPhone. But wait, do you get a headphone jack for that price?

  • Critic4U

    Wow going the way of the iPhone, I called it and I had said to my friends that Google would do the exact same thing Apple did. I’m more surprised that Google hasn’t locked down its software to prevent other vendors from using their software like Apple.

    • Drewski

      Google is way better/does things so much Better than iPhone.

      • Ordeith

        Google is better at spying on their users and using AI learning to better profile and target them for the improved psychological warfare they call advertising. You seem to be one of their “success” cases.

  • Good Jeff

    128gb sold out 1st day.

  • AussieB

    Ugly phone. Too expensive. Not waterproof. Flagship only sold at one carrier? Google Now does the same as Assistant ;just does not call you by name (you can use it with Allo). Other Pixel exclusive features can be found in 3rd party apps. Nexus users pissed. Plus why do Google launches look like they’re being held in junior high auditoriums? Not impressed
    Plus no announcement of a Pixel Android tablet? Google Home looks good & affordable. Apple will probably have its own version next year

    • paul

      True

    • Drewski

      This phone is so phenomenally Fabulous, Bro. I love everything about this phone. Google is by far way Better than Apple to be honest with you there. I feel offended that you would try to make it seem like, for thise purchasing this would are so dumb for purchasing such phone. These phones here looks about identical to iphone 6s/6s plus/iPhone 7&7Plus. These phones are not ugly looking at all.

      • Walt

        I thought you would be in full support of apple

        • Drewski

          I love Apple products and all, but it’s the Samsung/LG phones you have to be worried for, due to them trying to copying cat right off of Apple/iPhone Bro. So therefore I will only be a big huge supporter for IPhone, Alcatel, ZTE n HTC phones Bro. As far as Samsung/LG is concerned? It’s a heck to the freaking nope, Bro.

    • Bryan French

      So honestly not sure if you understand Verizon is the only carrier they have a partnership with for the phone. But you can buy the phone unlocked for ANY carrier through google directly. And as far as the tablet, they ALREADY have a pixel tablet…

  • vinnyjr

    I have the iPhone 7 with 256gb of internal-storage but I must have the 5 inch Pixel with 128gb of internal-storage. The Pixel is a very very fast device with a killer camera.

    • Jay1169

      Why would you need another phone if you have the iPhone 7?

      • noh1bvisas

        sounds like vinny has a case of too much money (or debt) and no life. no offense, vinny ;)

    • Raiterio Patterson

      Save your money for Black Friday

  • Paul Garrison

    Stock Android phones are now dead to me.

  • gokha

    The only deal breaker for me is that bottom chin on pixel.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    HTC made a phone with front facing speakers yet there’s no front facing speakers…

    • John Kiser

      Google designed the phone fully htc is just a contractor (like foxconn would be) in this case,.

  • Fuuuuuuuuu

    These colors were clearly created by Doge

    http://imgur.com/a/mJhft

  • John Kiser

    I really wish that they actually had decided to work with T-mobile as a selling partner.

  • DronePro

    Can’t use T-Mobile Jump… Big deal breaker. With the Note7 Basically committing a massive Samsung assassination, i would have expected Google to do 2 things.
    1 – Offer the Pixel/XL at a more affordable price,
    2 – Partner with all carriers so everyone can spend money on it.

    In the last 5 years i’ve had 4 phones, why the hell would i want to have a Pixel for 2 year or more when it will be obsolete by March 2017?

    • Animate

      I’m of the same mindset about it not being available on JUMP. The only saving grace is that Google provides it’s own financing. While it doesn’t double as phone insurance it’s…something.

      • DronePro

        They actually give you 1 year of accidental. they do however want you to pay $99 for a second year and $120 for a repair which is a bit much, with jump you pay $120 and that’s it. either way, i’m trying to get one for my wife as she’s got the nuclear Note 7 3rd generation (still would probably catch fire even on a 3rd gen). The downside to getting her the Pixel XL is that once she stops paying for Jump, she will no longer have it as TMOBILE has dropped it for new customers or people that want it back,

        • Hilton GoWahoos Redskins

          What is this jump? I buy my phones on payments from T-mo. $25-$30 a month for 2 years. Insurance through Asurion. Google finances but at 29%, screw that. That’s my big problem. If they just had T-mo I could just continue to pay about $30 a month and get a new phone. Ironically the USB charging port on my Nexus 6 just stopped working and I was waiting on the next Nexus to do an upgrade. Now I’m stuck until I save the full amount for the phone

      • Joseph W.

        Have you ever replaced a phone with JUMP insurance? $170 deductible. In a year you have spent $144 on jump, then plus $170 deductible. You could repair any problem with your phone for that money. JUMP is a terrible deal.

    • Joseph W.

      Do the math on Jump and consider that you have to give them back a nearly new phone. It is WAY cheaper to just buy phones outright and sell the old ones.

  • limeybastard

    LOL at “exclusive deal” with Verizon, something that I thought ended years ago, how moronic on Google’s part to do this.

    • Joseph W.

      You can buy it straight from Google and should no matter what carrier you are on. It is just marketing, not a real limitation.

  • Selling thru Verizon? ridiculous, bad aspectations or Pixel

  • JLamar

    Turned in my Note 7 for the s7 edge. I’m pretty sure I like the s7 better. Considered the Pixel but it really looks dated out of the box. My opinion. The s7e is the sleekest phone on the market.

  • Jesus Villafranca

    Just order mine a few weeks ago, expected delivery in March 7, 2017. I simply can’t wait!! I am jumping from Galaxy S7 Edge to this one. The biggest reason is: unlock bootloader. When I purchased the GS7Edge, I was hoping Samsung/Tmo was going to provide an unlock bootloader some time after launch. More than a year has pass and nothing. It pisses me off that other less spec phones are fully unlock and can run any flavor of andrid you want (the phone has too much samsung bloatware). No more! Jumping to the pure google android experience from now on.