Preordered Google Pixel smartphones have already started rolling out in Australia courtesy of Telstra, falling into fans' hands a couple of days earlier than the expected official Oct. 20 release date.

Put simply, the carrier in the Land Down Under beat the providers in other countries to the punch in shipping out the Phone by Google, including the United States and the United Kingdom, to name a few.

One Of The First Owners Of Google's Pixel

Now, the big news comes from a Reddit user with the moniker wooparse, who posted photos and sample shots and shared their experience with the Pixel on the /r/Android subreddit.

There, they included a wide range of details regarding what the smartphone can do, from low-light stabilized videos taken with a 4K resolution, 1080p at 30 fps and 1080p at 60 fps to the in-hand feel, which they note to be "certainly more slippery" compared with the Nexus 5.

Long story short, they provided a good idea of how the device will perform in everyday life, and needless to say, a ton of people appreciate the info.

Other Owners And The Telstra Representative

Other users who also preordered the Pixel at Telstra chimed in, saying that their devices are also being delivered to them. That more or less confirms that this isn't an isolated case and that the carrier intended to send the device out early.

On an interesting note, another user who goes by the name of Takadiurga_ claims to be a Telstra representative. Joining the thread, they point out that this doesn't come as much of a surprise to them.

"Knew this would happen. Somehow, in [some way], whoever looks after pre-orders always manages to ship out devices a week early," they say.


To boil things down, fans of the Pixel who preordered the handset at Telstra are in luck because they are some of the first in the world to get to use one of the hottest smartphones to be unveiled this year.

As a quick refresher, Verizon is offering the Pixel and Pixel XL with a trade-in promo that lets U.S. customers save up to $300, throwing in a free Daydream View VR headset to boot if they preorder between Oct. 4 and Oct. 19.

It's also worth mentioning that the Big Red won't "stand in the way of any major updates." That means users will get timely patches whenever Google makes them available.

With all said and done, what do you think of the early shipments in Australia? Feel free to drop by our comments section below and let us know, especially if you're one of the customers who's getting the Phone by Google ahead of the others.

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