Google and Verizon will offer both Pixel and Pixel XL phones but you probably won’t like the pricing. The Pixel 32GB with 5-inch screen starts at $649 and will be available in black, very silver, quite black or really blue. The 128GB version will sell for $749.99 or $31.24/mo. For 24 months.
The bigger Pixel XL starts at $769.99 for the Snapdragon 821 powered 32GB version and comes with a 5.5-inch screen. The 128GB version will comes with $869.99 retail price or 24 times $36.24 /mo.
The fact that Samsung just recalled and killed all the Note 7 and left a big gap just days before the big holiday shopping season is definitely helping Google’s effort.
It is also important to notice that Pixel and Pixel XL both come with a Snapdragon 12 modem capable of 600Mbps DL / 75Mbps UL depending on carrier support. The theoretical maximum of the modem is 150 Mbps upload in case the carrier supported but one more interesting thing is that Pixel and Pixel XL support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO. The 2x2 MIMO part can theoretically beat most of the phone to market and give you almost double the performance compared to most phones on the market which don’t support MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output).
Snapdragon 821 has been announced by ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe, Xiaomi Mi 5s, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus but still hasn’t shipped at least not in US or Europe. It looks like that Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL will be two commercially available devices with top of the notch specification and probably the best Nexus – artist now known as Pixel devices to the market.
There is no doubt that Xiaomi will offer the device with better prices, but again, as far as we know Xiaomi doesn’t have plans to officially announce the Xiaomi Mi5S for the US market. However resourceful individuals will find a way how to import them if they really want to. LeEco Le Pro 3 should also ship after October 20th and this Snapdragon 821 with 6GB RAM 64GB Storage with 5.5-inch screen will sell for amazing $379.99, roughly half of what Google wants to charge for Pixel XL.
The other Snapdragon 821 device that is expected is soon to be announced Xiaomi Mi Note 2.