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Google Pixel and Pixel XL release and pre-order dates allegedly revealed

by Jacob Kleinman | September 7, 2016September 7, 2016 9:45 am EST

Google’s Pixel and Pixel Xl smartphones are expected to debut at an event on October 4, but we still don’t know when the phones will actually be available. Now a new report out of Australia may reveal Google’s launch plans for the new Android Nougat phones.

Ausdroid reports that Telstra will offer at least one of the two devices, likely the larger Pixel XL, as a carrier exclusive in Australia. The Google smartphone will allegedly be available for pre-order on October 4 (the same day it’s unveiled) before shipping later that month on October 20. It seems likely Google will offer pre-orders in the U.S. on October 4 as well and ship the devices a few weeks after that.

It’s also possible the Pixel and Pixel XL could be available even sooner when you buy them directly from Google. Either way, it looks like pre-orders will open up shortly after the phones are revealed. The company’s used a similar strategy to launch its Nexus hardware in the past, offering up pre-orders almost immediately after the devices are official.

Beyond the Pixel and Pixel XL, Google is also expected to reveal a new 4K Chromecast and announce the final details for its Google Home smart speaker at its October 4 event. That should make for a pretty exciting presentation, though the company still hasn’t confirmed the news with an official invitation.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...