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Here’s how to buy Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

by Danny Zepeda | October 4, 2017October 4, 2017 11:30 am PST

It is official: Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The follow-ups to last year’s superb phones not only improveĀ on their predecessors, but surpass them in nearly every category.

Google seems to have listened to customer feedback and added many key features we’ve been asking for: reduce the bezels, make the phones water and dust resistant, slightly tweak the design to something less boring and while you’re at it, throw in some front facing stereo speakers. All of those boxes were checked.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL make fantastic arguments for being the best Android phones around, and many have already set their mind on buying one. If so, here’s a guide on how and when you can buy one.

Pixel 2 XL

  • Price: $849 for 64GB, $949 for 128GB
  • Availability: Ships in two to three weeks
  • Preorder: Preorders are live now
  • Colors: Just Black, Black & White
  • Carriers: Verizon or Unlocked

Pixel 2

  • Price: $649 for 64GB, $749 for 128GB
  • Availability: Ships by October 17
  • Preorder: Preorders are live now
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue
  • Carriers: Verizon or Unlocked

There is only one major difference between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL you need to know and that is the display. Google cut down on the bezel size for the plus-sized phone while the smaller still kept very noticeable bezels. The Pixel 2 XL also has a QHD+ pOLED display while the Pixel 2 has a 1080p AMOLED display.

Everything else is the same: Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 12.2MP camera, front-facing dual stereo speakers, IP67 water and dust resistance and Android O out of the box.

Google is offering a free Google Home Mini to anyone who purchases a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL for a limited time. That’s the latest sweetener Google is throwing in along with the returning unlimited Google Photo storage that was first introduced last year.

If you are on the fence about picking up a Pixel 2, it will be in Verizon stores starting October 5. You can pop into a store and check it out yourself.

You can now preorder the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 starting today via the Google Store or Verizon’s online store.

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...