The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL pack a lot of great new features, but it comes at a steep price.

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now official, and both phones will be going up for pre-order in India later this month. Like the first-generation Pixels, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be exclusively sold on Flipkart online, but they’ll also be heading to retail stores across the country.

Here’s what you need to know about the specs, availability, and pricing of the new Pixels.

What’s new in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL?

Google rolled out a slew of upgrades to the latest Pixels, including IP67 dust and water resistance, and front stereo speakers. The Pixel 2 sports a 5-inch Full HD panel and fairly large bezels, whereas the Pixel 2 XL has a 6-inch QHD display with narrow bezels, much like the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6.

Both Pixels are powered by a Snapdragon 835, and come with 4GB of RAM and storage options of 64GB and 128GB. There’s a 12.2MP camera at the back, which now has OIS as well as EIS, and an 8MP shooter up front. The Pixel 2 has a 2700mAh battery, whereas the larger Pixel 2 XL features a 3520mAh battery. There isn’t a 3.5mm jack this time around, so you’ll have to use a dongle if you want to listen to music using a wired headset.

Google Pixel 2 vs. Pixel 2 XL: What’s the difference?

How much do the new Pixels cost in India?

Here’s the breakdown on the pricing for the Indian market:

  • 64GB Pixel 2: ₹61,000 ($940)
  • 128GB Pixel 2: ₹70,000 ($1,075)
  • 64GB Pixel 2 XL: ₹73,000 ($1,120)
  • 128GB Pixel 2 XL: ₹82,000 ($1,260)

Do I get any freebies?

The new Pixels certainly don’t come cheap, and what makes it all the more annoying is that India is the only launch market where Google isn’t giving away a free Google Home Mini with every order. The Google Home isn’t officially available in India, but Google could have at least bundled one of the Live Cases with the phone.

That said, there are bound to be a few launch-day offers for either phone. Citibank usually does a ₹10,000 cashback promotion for new iPhones, and it’ll be interesting to see if the bank has a similar deal for this year’s Pixels. We’ll know more closer to launch.

When can I buy them?

You’ll be able to pre-order the new Pixels starting October 26 exclusively on Flipkart, with the smaller Pixel 2 going up for sale from November 1. The Pixel 2 XL will be available from November 15, and both devices will be sold at over a thousand retail stores across the country in addition to Flipkart.

You’ll also be able to pick up the updated Daydream View in the country for ₹7,999 starting November 1.

What’s your take?

What are your thoughts on the pricing of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in India? Anyone interested in Google’s latest flagship phones?

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We finally have all of the details on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL we were all waiting for. Two phones to carry on the new-formed Pixel legacy, done up a bit differently in 2017 with new hardware features and refreshed software wrapped up in a familiar design. You’ve no doubt read our Pixel 2 and 2 XL hands-on preview, and now it’s time to see the phones in action with our hands-on video!

Give it a watch above, then be sure to check out all of our excellent Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL coverage today and in the weeks and months to come as we get acquainted with these great new phones.

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A continuation of the Chromebook Pixel program, with a twist.

One piece of Google’s October 4 hardware event that didn’t leak much is the Google Pixelbook, which was announced ahead of the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. The new Pixelbook marks a continuation of Google’s original two Chromebook Pixel laptops, now with a little change in the branding to better reflect where the product stands alongside the Pixel phones.

Unlike early rumors had suggested, the Pixelbook is once again built with a traditional laptop form factor, with the one big change being the addition of a 180-degree swiveling screen that lets it fold back into a pseudo-tablet device. It’s a design we’ve seen used many times in lower-end Chromebooks, but this one is decidedly more expensive.

The Pixelbook is just 10 mm thick and weighs 2.2 pounds.

Because of the Pixelbook’s convertible form factor, Google is also introducing a highly precise stylus called the Pixelbook Pen. It has a 10 millisecond latency, 60 degrees of angular awareness and 2000+ levels of pressure sensitivity.

Note: This post is being constantly updated with new information.

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Hands-free calling has expanded on Google Home, and will now use your phone number.

Google Home added hands-free calling earlier this year, and the company announced today that the feature is expanding to the United Kingdom.

Additionally, users will now be able to use their regular phone number to make calls. Previously, a call would be routed through a Google Voice number. This will be great for the majority of Google Home users who probably don’t use Google Voice.

Do you use hands-free calling on the Google Home? Let us know down below!

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