Deal alert: Get a Google Pixel XL for under £400
It’s a pretty open secret that Google will be unleashing a new flagship phone on the world in a matter of hours. If you can’t wait, however, or don’t have Scrooge McDuck style riches at your disposal (it’s going to be pricey) there is a way of getting Google’s current flagship for a bargain price.
The Pixel XL launched at £719 last November, but today you can get it for far, far less: £399 for the 32GB model from the Carphone Warehouse. That’s a whole lot of phone for not a huge amount of money – although it’s worth noting this isn’t one for those who’ve bumped up against storage limitations in the past: Google’s handsets don’t let you slip in your own microSD card.
In every other respect though, we loved it. It’s fast, it has the best camera in the business, a super screen and it gets the latest version of Android first. In fact, the only thing keeping it from getting the full five-star treatment from us was the price. Now that’s not an issue, it’s an easy recommendation.
Okay, it’s no longer the fastest in the room: the Pixel XL includes the Snapdragon 821 processor, while the Pixel 2 is likely to include the Snapdragon 835. That will have a speed impact. The graph below shows how the HTC U11 – which also has the Snapdragon 835 – improves upon the Pixel.
But again, the Pixel 2 is going to cost a lot of money, almost certainly starting around the £650 mark, and probably higher – a lot higher for the XL model. Will it be £250 better? Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet the house on it.