Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are exclusive to Verizon but are also sold unlocked from Google. The smartphones are so popular that T-Mobile will begin displaying the handsets in store so salespeople can help customers order the device and use it on its network.
Pixel And Pixel XL: Google's New Flagship Smartphones
This year, Google retired its Nexus smartphone lineup in favor of its fresh new Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, which are actually built by HTC. The smartphones are the first handsets from Google to take major inspiration from Apple's iPhone lineup, including similar design and specs in each device. The Pixel packs in a 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD AMOLED display, while the Pixel XL ups the ante with a 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD AMOLED screen.
Google chose to partner exclusively with Verizon to sell the Pixel and Pixel XL and it's the first time both companies have worked together since the pair used the same play with 2011's Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
T-Mobile Stores To Get Pixel And Pixel XL
If you're not a Verizon subscriber and don't plan on switching to the carrier to get your hands on a Pixel or Pixel XL, Google sells both devices unlocked through its online store and in Best Buy online and retail stores. That's exactly where you're going to purchase the smartphone if you want to use the handsets on T-Mobile. A new report also claims that the carrier is planning to help users do just that.
T-Mobile will begin displaying the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in some of its retail stores, according to a new report from AndroidPolice. The smartphones, however, will not be sold by T-Mobile; instead, the source says that T-Mobile reps will help customers order the device from the Google Store and help process the order, or direct them to Best Buy to complete their transaction.
This move by T-Mobile is believed to gain subscribers by using its current Pixel promotion, which gets customers a $325 credit via 24 monthly bill credits when you have a T-Mobile ONE Plan used with either a Google Pixel or Pixel XL.
Both Pixel smartphones run the latest version of Android 7.1 Nougat; guaranteed to receive Android OS updates once Google releases them; are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor; have 4 GB of RAM; are available in 32 GB or 128 GB of internal storage; and pack in 12.3-megapixel rear cameras and 8-megapixel front-facing snappers.
We'll update you once T-Mobile releases all of the official details.