Google Pixel 2 And Pixel 2 XL: Australian Pricing, Specs And Release Date

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Google has lifted the lid on their newest smartphones - the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL - at their event in San Francisco this morning and detailed the changes they've made to their flagship phones. There aren't too many big changes, but under-the-hood, the Pixel 2 is a different beast than its predecessor. If you're planning on grabbing a Pixel 2 or a Pixel 2 XL, here's everything you need to know, including Australian pricing, release date and specifications.

Specifications

With a year experience under their belt, Google has updated their Pixel line with the required upgrades under-the-hood (for a 2017 high end smartphone) without changing too much of the overall design. In, reality the most distinctive differences between the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are cosmetic - the XL is, unsurprisingly, larger. The bezels on the Pixel 2 aren't my cup of tea, especially considering how wonderful the bezel-less design of the iPhone X and the Note 8 looks, but the rounded edges of the Pixel 2 XL are certainly more appealing.

The major improvements over their predecessors are the inclusions of 'Active Edge' technology, which allows you to squeeze the side of your phone to perform certain functions, such as activating Google Assistant or sending messages. Both units are a cut above the original Pixel with IP67 dust and water resistance. Google haven't included a dual-rear camera in either of their Pixel 2 models but Google are insistent that it's still the best camera going round. With their pedigree and the excellent camera in the original Pixel, it's hard not to take them at their word until we see differently.

Oh and did I mention the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone? Because it is. Long live the headphone jack.

Here's a look at the chief specifications:

Pixel 2 Pixel 2 XL
OS Android 8.0 (Oreo) Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Dimensions 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 143g 175g
CPU Snapdragon 835, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz + 4x1.9 GHz) Snapdragon 835, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz + 4x1.9 GHz)
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64/128 GB 64/128 GB
Display 5.0-inch FHD AMOLED Display 6.0-inch P-OLED Display
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) 1440 x 2880 (~538 ppi)
Battery 2700mAh 3520mAh
Camera 12.2MP rear (f/1.8, OIS, EIS), 8MP (f/2.4) front 12.2MP rear (f/1.8, OIS, EIS), 8MP (f/2.4) front
Colours Just Black, Clearly White Just Black, Black & White

Pixel 2 And Pixel 2 XL Availability

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be available to preorder from October 20 in Australia. You can currently join the waitlist at the Google Store Australia right now or wait until October 20 to place your preorders at Telstra and JB Hi-Fi. Preorders will come with a Google Home Mini, on the house.

According to a source at JB Hi-Fi, the device will be launching on Tuesday, October 31.

Pixel 2 And Pixel 2 XL Pricing

The outright cost of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL varies depending on the storage size you're after. The positive - the base model now starts at 64GB. The negative - Google have upped the price of their XL models from last year.

The RRP begins at $1079, for the Pixel 2, exactly the same price that the original Pixel launched at a year ago - except now you're getting double the storage space, but the Pixel 2 XL will start from $1399, a healthy jump from last year's $1269

Here's how the pricing breaks down:

Pixel 2:

  • 64GB $1079
  • 128GB $1229

Pixel 2 XL:

  • 64GB: $1399
  • 128GB $1549

Following the announcement, Telstra has clarified their position on plans for the new phones:

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will launch on Telstra’s new Go Mobile Swap and Go Mobile Plus plans and customers who take up a $99 and above plan before 25 December 2017 can benefit from Telstra’s most generous data inclusions yet and get a 12-month subscription for up to three Foxtel Now Starter Packs (valued at up to $420), choosing from Pop, Drama, Docos, Kids, and Lifestyle options (minimum cost $2376 for 24 months).

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Comments

    Wait, is it a Telstra exclusive again?

      Correct.

      Available exclusively at Telstra, JB Hi-Fi and the Google Store

        What a joke, I, along with im guessing a large number of other people hoped that it would have been picked up other carriers this time.

        Guess I might not be getting a Pixel 2XL then

        Got mine (Pixel 2 XL 64 GB) at JB Hifi today. Very pleased with it. They were out of stock of the 128 GB model though. Also got a nice cover for it.

          Interesting - I have heard that it has been quite popular at JB!

    Do you think that the Google Pixel will go down in price? If so, how much and when?

      Yeah, it should - I don't know how much but I believe grey market imports are usually around the $770 mark. That might be a decent estimate, once the Pixel 2 is released.

    What's with the pricing?
    Pixel 2 XL 64GB = $849 USD
    Pixel 2 XL 64GB = $1399 AUD

    Currency conversion from $849USD = $1085AUD
    even adding GST + 10% GST = $1195AUD

    They're screwing us at least $200

      US advertised prices dont include taxes unlike how Aussie prices are inclusive of GST

        He literally just said even adding tax its still not right, US even has lower sales tax than us. AUS always gets screwed price wise with tech its nothing new. I'd probably just get one mail redirected from the US Store except the fact I don't want one as its an overpriced s8 with less features (rip headphone jack and wireless charging).

    Its a Telstra exclusive but the phone is unlocked right?

      Yeah, you're buying the phone outright so you can use a different prepaid carrier --- but Telstra have the exclusive plan options - perhaps some clarity is needed there.

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