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How to preorder the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google just took the wraps off two new phones: Here's how you can be among the first get your hands on this hot new hardware.

Earlier today at the "Made By Google" event, Google unveiled two new phones, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. These phones are designed by Google and meant to showcase the best hardware and software experience offered by the company.

The new Pixel phones come in three colors: Really Blue, Very Silver and Quite Black (I'm really, very, quite serious about those names). They're also the first phones to come with Google Assistant -- similar to what you find in Google's new Allo chat app -- baked in. Inside, you're looking at a 2.51GHz Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, either 32GB or 128GB storage, a 12-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Aside from the physical footprint, the only differences between the two phones are the display sizes and battery capacities: a 5-inch display and 2,770mAh battery in the Pixel and 5.5-inch display and 3,450mAh battery in the Pixel XL.

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Here is how you can be among the first to get your hands on a Google Pixel phone.

Pricing

The Google Pixel starts at $649, £599 or AU$1,079, or $27 per month for the base model. The larger-capacity model will set you back an additional $100, AU$150 or £100.

The larger Pixel XL pricing starts at $769, £719 or AU$1,269 for the 32GB model and jumps to $869, £819 or AU$1,419 for the 128GB version.

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Preorders for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL begin today, October 4, for the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK. You will be able to place your preorder directly through the Google Store. Preorders will begin in India on October 13.

The Pixel and Pixel XL will be come unlocked and also work on Project Fi, Google's phone service in the US.

Exclusive carriers

Verizon Wireless will be the exclusive US carrier for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL in the US. Preorders begin today with a ship date of October 20. You can purchase the Pixel with $0 down for $27.08 per month or $650 for the 32GB model, or $31.24 per month or $750. The Pixel XL pricing starts at $32.08 per month or $770 for 32GB, or $36.24 per month or $870 for 128GB.

Additionally, Verizon is offering up to $300 trade-in value on the following phones: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or Edge+, HTC M9, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, LG G4 or LG V10.

EE is the exclusive network in the UK, while Telstra has it in Australia.

Editors' note: This post was originally published October 4, 2016, and has been updated to reflect individual carrier promotions.