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Google’s Pixel 2 will start at $650 and will be available October 19

Google’s Pixel 2 will set you back at least $650/£491 when it’s available to buy on October 19, according to leaked pricing and release date details. 

These leaks come a little over 24 hours before the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to be revealed by Google, with VentureBeat having been tipped off that the Pixel 2 will be released in the next two weeks and the larger Pixel XL will make its debut November 11.

Pricing details were leaked to Droid Life, which noted that $650 will get buyers a 64GB Pixel 2 with a 128GB version setting people back by $750/£566; the Pixel 2 XL will start at a hefty $850/£642 for the 64GB model and the 128GB handset will hit an iPhone X level price of $950/£718.

If these leaks are correct, the second-generation Pixel phones are not going to be cheap, and price-wise will be up there with flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

But with updated displays, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, tweaked designs, and a ‘squeezable’ edge for the Pixel XL, the increased pricing of the Pixel 2 handsets over their predecessors appear to justify the upgrades.

HTC is apparently the manufacturer of the Pixel 2, while LG is taking care of the Pixel 2 XL, so decently made and designed handsets are to be expected.

Furthermore, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will both come running Android Oreo out of the box, likely with an updated version of the Pixel Launcher interface to give die-hard Android fans, but those without the current generation Pixel phones, a true taste of what Google intends an unfettered version of Android 8.0 to be like.

We’ll have to wait just a little longer to see what exactly Google has planned for its new Pixel phones, but it will have to bring its A-game if it is to compete with the likes of the iPhone X, which is also slated for a November release.

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