Aussies will be able to get their hands on Google's latest flagship smartphones - the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL - from October 31. As with the original Pixels, you'll have three choices for buying your Pixel 2: direct from Google, outright through JB Hi-Fi, or on a plan from Telstra. On contract pricing starts at $87 per month, and outright prices start at $1,079.
- 64GB Google Pixel 2: $1,079
- 128GB Google Pixel 2: $1,229
- 64GB Google Pixel 2 XL: $1,399
- 128GB Google Pixel 2 XL: $1,549
If you want to get in early, pre-orders kick off on October 20. Anyone who buy a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL before the end of the year will nab themselves a free Google Home Mini - a shrunk down version of Google Home - valued at $79. On a related note, the Google Home Mini will go sale locally from October 24.
While the smaller Pixel 2 looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Pixel 2 XL feels like a newer beast; Google's squeezed a 6-inch extra-tall display into a body that's just a touch bigger than last year's 5.5-inch Pixel XL thanks to heavily trimmed bezels.
Shared specifications between the phones include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, either 64GB or 128GB of storage, IP67 water-resistance, squeezable edges (that are used to summon Google Assistant by default), a rear-facing fingerprint reader and a 12.2MP rear-facing camera. While neither device's storage is expandable, Google is once again throwing unlimited online storage for photos and video taken with your Pixel until 2021. Neither phone has a headphone jack.
The Pixel 2 has a 5-inch 1080p display, while the Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch QHD+ display with an extra tall 18:9 aspect ratio. Battery capacity measures in at 2,700mAh and 3,520mAh respectively.