The first phones by Google, the Pixel and the Pixel XL went on sale this morning through both Carphone Warehouse and EE.
The Silicon Valley giant’s devices focus on software for their focal points which include a much developed Google voice assistant, unlimited cloud storage and Google Duo.
Carphone Warehouse opened a pop-up store on Tottenham Court Road in London early today, with the first 100 customers to buy in store receiving a £50 Google Play voucher. The store will also host two days of live talks, music, interactive installation and demos of Google’s Daydream VR.
Jeremy Fennell, Managing Director of Carphone Warehouse said, “We’re really excited to be opening our doors before any other retailer in the UK so our customers can get their hands on (and buy) these stunning new devices from Google. We’ve got the widest range of deals across all the major networks, and we’re really looking forward to hosting these exclusive events in our store.”
Meanwhile, EE the only operator in the UK chosen as a launch partner celebrated the device’s release by erecting a google map pin that’s taller than a double decker bus in London’s Marble Arch.
The XL version of the device appears to have sold out prior to launch day, with both EE and Carphone Warehouse giving a late November arrival date.
About the device
Price: £599 (32GB) and £699 (128GB) and Pixel XL at £719 (32 GB) and £819 (128GB)
Operating System: Android 7.0
Dimensions:138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
Weight: 138 g
Resolution: 1334x750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
Display: 5-inch AMOLED 1920x1080 and 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED 2560x1440
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821; 4GB RAM
Camera: 12-MP primary camera with f2.0 aperture, 1.55-micron pixel, 8-MP selfie camera
Battery: 2,770mAh and 3450mAh
Fingerprint sensor: Yes
Misc: IP53; USB Type-C, Bluetooth 4.2; 2 colours available, cases available to match wallpaper