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[Update: Pre-order links] Verizon CMO confirms upcoming Pixel a Verizon carrier exclusive in the US again

In a tweet posted just earlier today, Verizon's CMO Diego Scotti confirmed that Google's upcoming Pixel devices, to be announced today, are going to be exclusive to Verizon, just as they were last year. So if you were hoping to pick up either phone from another carrier, you're probably out of luck. 

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The Pixel 2 in India starts at Rs 61,000 ($950 USD)

To our Indian readers interested in the new Pixels, I have some bad news for you. Seems that the powers that be have decided that all of you need to pay the same (roughly, thanks to currency exchange) for the 64GB Pixel 2 that we here in America have to pay for the 128GB Pixel 2 XL. What.

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The camera in Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL looks to be its best yet

Last year's Pixel was found to be one of the best all-around smartphone cameras. In fact, according to Google, Pixel users take 2x more photos than iPhones, on average. The camera tradition looks to have continued with the latest series of Pixel phones. Of course, you all know what we think about DxOMark. But even so, it appears that the Pixel 2 scored an incredible 98 overall, making it the best phone camera (again) it's ever reviewed. 

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The Pixel 2's free original-quality Google Photos uploads are only available through the end of 2020

Google launched the Pixel last year with an emphasis on photography, and it offered free uncompressed photo and video uploads to Google Photos to drive the point home. It's the same on this year's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL, but now we know how long that offer lasts. The free original-quality uploads are only offered through the end of 2020.

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[Update: Country availability] Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now up for pre-order on the Google Store

Ready to spend some cash on the latest hotness? The page to order the new Pixels directly from Google is now live. You can pick up both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL in both unlocked and Verizon flavors and multiple color and size configurations. As of now, all combinations appear to be available, so if you had a specific combo in mind, get to ordering. 

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New Pixel Launcher home screen moves search to the bottom, adds "at a glance" section to the top

Google has just announced its 2017 #madebygoogle hardware line up, including the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. There are lots of interesting new software features to talk about, including a new always-on ambient display that tells you what song is playing in the background without you even asking, but the first thing anyone notices when they unlock their phone is the launcher. Sabrina Ellis, director of product management, took to the stage to talk about the new Pixel Launcher home screen, among other things. It is getting a considerable makeover, and it's bound to be controversial.

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Pixel 2 XL hands-on: Our first look at the second-generation Pixel

We already knew a great deal about the newest Google Pixels going into today's launch event, but we had our first chance to look at them in person today, and I'm going to give you my initial thoughts. I played with the smaller Pixel briefly, but it was the XL I spent most of my time with in the demo area this morning, so I'm going to be relaying my thoughts primarily on that device.

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The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will support both eSIM and nanoSIM

Most phones released in recent years have used nanoSIM for carrier information, but there were rumors as the Pixel 2 unveiling neared that Google's phones would have an eSIM instead. According to Google's specs, the Pixel 2 does indeed have an eSIM. However, there's also a nanoSIM slot.

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Get $325 back on your new Pixel 2 or 2 XL when you add a T-Mobile line

Shortly after the Pixel 2 announcement, T-Mobile already has an offer for customers who bring the shiny new toy and create a new line. You can get $325 back from the magenta carrier via a prepaid card, which is 50% off of the 64GB Pixel 2. 

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Pixel 2 purchases will include a free Google Home Mini

Are you coughing up $650 for a Pixel 2 or $850 for a Pixel 2 XL? Well, assuming you can get an order in (shipping has already slipped to 4-6 weeks for some models), Google will throw in a free Google Home Mini with your purchase.

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