Google announced its latest flagship smartphones, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL less than a day ago, and retailers around the world have listed the devices on their websites gearing up for pre-orders. One such retailer is Best Buy in the US, where it is also having exclusive promotions if you purchase either one of the devices. In the US, the 32GB Pixel is going for $649 while the Pixel XL with the same amount of storage, is going for $769.
While that price may be pretty steep, worry not if you are a Verizon customer and planning to get one, as Best Buy has a pretty great deal for you though the deal isn’t live yet. If you pre-order a Pixel or Pixel XL from the retail giant, Best Buy is offering a second generation Chromecast for free alongside a $100 gift card which can be used at Best Buy stores. However, there is a catch, to be eligible for this promotion, you will have to activate your new Pixel device on Verizon which means the bootloader on the Pixel will not be unlockable. Also, if you purchase one from Best Buy, you will not be getting a free Daydream View VR headset that the Google Store and Verizon are giving away with pre-orders of the Pixel devices. If you do pre-order any of the Pixel devices from Best Buy, you will be getting a $100 gift card which is worth more than the Daydream View VR headset which is retailing for $79, so yes, Best Buy has a solid offering.
If you would like a recap on the specs of Google’s latest devices, read on. The Pixel and Pixel XL share the same specs save for the screen size, resolution and battery capacity. Both devices are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 System-on-Chip along with an Adreno 530 graphics chip. Memory wise, they come with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 128GB of internal storage. For optics, they are equipped with a 12-megapixel main camera coupled with an 8-megapixel front-facing sensor, and run Android 7.1 Nougat. The smaller Pixel packs a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a 2,770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL carries a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED panel, and a 3,450 mAh battery.