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Google makes the Pixel phones official, pricing starts at $649

Google's annual phone announcements are always leaky, but this year we had the extra complication of the Pixel re-branding. Well, now it's all out in the open. Google has made the Pixel official, and it looks like the leaks were dead-on. These are aluminum unibody devices, available in three different colors, and the pricing is much more "premium" than the Nexus devices were. Go big or go home, I guess.

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Canadian carrier Rogers says Google Pixel is coming on October 20th

Leaks often happen right up to the last minute when a big announcement is happening, and today is no exception. Canadian carrier Rogers has posted on Facebook that the Pixel and Pixel XL are launching on October 20th. That's Canada, but I'd wager on the US date being the same. Will you be able to survive a few more weeks?

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Google releases advertisement for Pixel phones in Canada, hours before the event

Apparently, Google couldn't wait a few more hours for their own event (9am PDT in California, by the way) and decided to leak their own phones via an advertisement in Canada. The ad is a minute long and doesn't show us much that we didn't know, save for an interesting URL at the end.

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[Update: Quite Black too] Verizon and @evleaks reveal even more of the Pixel and Pixel XL, show off Really Blue and "Google Magic"

We know, we know, there are only a few more hours until the Google event, but details about the Pixel phones just keep on spilling. Our latest peeks come courtesy of Verizon Enterprises, which, as you can probably tell from the name, sells smartphones and plans to businesses, and prolific tech leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks). On Verizon's site, both Pixel and Pixel XL listings showed up on the "SmartPhones" page, but they didn't lead to any live listings; however, there's still some info we've gleaned.

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Pixel phone listings appear at Carphone Warehouse, offering new shots and more info

Carphone Warehouse has already made their store listings for the Pixel and Pixel XL live, showcasing the devices in more pictures and confirming specifications previously only rumored. These aren't leaks anymore - these are actual listings for the new devices. Granted, all of this is subject to change until the official announcement in two days, but most of these specifications have already been leaked.

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Weekend poll: Pixel or Pixel XL?

We know just about all there is to know about the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL. Well, except exactly how much each model will cost - that one has remained elusive, even as we're a mere two days from the official launch. But hardware-wise, we know Google's new top-tier devices will feature Snapdragon 821 chipsets, likely four-carrier US compatibility, 32 or 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 12MP and 8MP rear and front cameras, USB-C ports, and 5 and 5.5" displays. The only real differences will come in regard to price, display resolution and size, and battery capacity.

The smaller Pixel is expected to start at $649 for the 32GB model.

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[Update: White model too] Google Pixel and Pixel XL press shots leaked

Exactly one week ago, real photos of the Pixel and Pixel XL leaked. Although that leak did clear up exactly what we can expect appearance-wise from the Pixel devices, the images did not show the home screen - or the rumored new navigation buttons.

VentureBeat has leaked a press photo of the Google Pixel (not the XL), including a screenshot of the phone's user interface. We can clearly see the Pixel Launcher in action, as well as the new circular launcher icons. What is new, however, is our first look at the new navigation icons.

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Opinion: My early thoughts on Google's round icons (and consistency for its own sake)

By the time this post goes up, I'm sure most of our readers will have seen Google's circlified icons in the new Pixel launcher, bound for the new Pixel phones. I've been asked a few times what I think about the new launcher and, for the most part, I don't have a strong opinion. But I do have some thoughts about the circlified icons, some guesses at the rationale, and some thoughts about the downsides of consistency for its own sake. As with any written-from-the-outside post about design, I want to note up front that we aren't privy to any research, data, or other information Google used to make its decisions, so the best we can do is respectfully speculate and ponder.

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Google's Pixel phones will be IP53 rated, meaning no dunking your Pixel or hosing it down

Hopes of highly water-resistant Pixel phones have, according to a reliable source we've trusted in the past, been dashed. Google's new handsets will be advertised as having IP53 dust and water resistance, which essentially amounts to almost no enhanced water resistance at all. For reference, the HTC 10 also has this rating, and is not marketed as being water-resistant.

The "3" in IP53 means a device will not experience damaging water ingress when upright at an angle not to exceed 60 degrees from vertical while being sprayed by relatively low-pressure (somewhere between 7-20PSI or 50 to 150kPa) water. This probably means very little to you phrased this way, but IPX3 is essentially saying the device will not experience water ingress (i.e., water won't get inside) when held at a relatively upward angle in your hand during use in very heavy rain or when lightly splashed.

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It's official: Google publishes teaser video for October 4th event with obvious phone allusion

Google has now confirmed that the company is holding an event on October 4th, as we first reported on September 1st. The teaser video announcing the date doesn't reveal much but the silhouette of, you guessed it, a phone. Google has also created a webpage for the event at madeby.google.com, reaffirming that the company plans to market its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones as "made by Google." You can sign up on the event page to be on the mailing list for announcements related to the new Pixel devices.

Though we know the phones are manufactured by HTC, Google's use of the Pixel brand suggests they will be debuted as the first phones designed by the company.

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