The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are finally in our office and we’ve already spent some time getting acquainted with them. We’ve also been conducting our in-house review of both devices, but we’re here to give you a sneak peek at Google’s new Pixel devices as well as some general information surrounding the purebreds.
One thing that might need clarification is that both Pixel 2 phones support certain networks with a built-in eSIM. This does not mean the phones don’t come with a standard nanoSIM slot. In fact, at this point Google’s Project Fi network in the United States is the only network that will provide service using the phone’s built-in eSIM.
Now that that’s out of the way, if you recall last year, Google priced the Pixel and Pixel XL exactly like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the US. This time, however, Google has undercut the iPhone 8’s $699 tag with the Google Pixel 2’s $649 (same as the original Pixel’s launch price) while aiming higher than the iPhone 8 Plus’ $799 price with the Google Pixel 2 XL, which is priced at $849.
That means that the premium for the higher res, taller, and larger display, larger battery is $200. Considering that not even the iPhone 8 Plus is going for that much, Google is very confident that its new devices are ready to fight it out with the best out there.
Verizon is still the “exclusive” carrier of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in the US, but T-Mobile has already offered to credit Pixel 2 Buyers up to $325 via statement credits like it did with the Pixel last year. FYI, the phone will be sold unlocked in the US for all carriers.
But now, let’s take a closer look at the Google Pixel 2 XL. We’re going to compare it to a few other devices that are already on the market.