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Google Pixel and Pixel XL on sale today

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Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are available to buy today (October 20th).

The handsets are the first phones to be released under the Google name, after the company killed off the Nexus brand it previously used for smartphones.

Both the 5–inch Pixel and 5.5–inch Pixel XL come with the latest Android Nougat software, albeit in a tweaked, improved form which cannot be found on any other Android phone.

That means you get exclusive access to Google Assistant, the tech giant’s rival to Apple’s Siri, which allows you to make reservations, check directions and get calendar info by speaking into the phone.

Google's new messaging tool, Allo, is also on board and lets you ask Assistant questions while chatting with other users.

There’s super fast charging via USB–C, giving you seven hours of power from a 15-minute charge. Each phone features a hefty battery too, meaning it should keep ticking for well over 24 hours.

The key feature, however, is the 12.3-megapixel main camera, which was named the best smartphone camera by ratings agency DxO Mark. It features an intelligent burst shot that automatically selects the best image and optical image stabilisation to eliminate blurrycam shots.

The larger Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, while the 5-inch Pixel features a standard hi–definition display.

The standard Pixel starts at £599 SIM–free, while Pixel XL is up for grabs from £719.

EE is the only network to sell the phones directly, with contracts starting at £50.99 a month for the Pixel and a shade over £55 per month for the XL with no upfront cost.

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