Verizon Google Pixel leak and pricing information: What is Google Magic?
Today at 9 am PT, noon ET and 5 pm UK time, Google will officially unveil their Pixel phones. You can watch the event live on Youtube. A lot of information has been leaked before however from companies like Verizon, who went live with some of their Pixel related websites a bit too early last night before shutting them down again. The new leak did offer some new information though. First off, the Pixel and the Pixel XL was presented in a previously unkown new color option: the blue option seen here might be a Verizon exclusive, however, we don't know if it will be available from other operators.
A redditor by the name of abattleofone was able to grab some interesting pricing information before Verizon took the website offline. Apparently Verizon is planning to sell the smaller Pixel Phone with 32 GB of storage for $199.99, subsidized. The 128 GB version will be $100 more. The Pixel XL will retail for $419.99, again, 128 GB will be $100 extra. Android Police mentioned, that the $199.99 value is typical for a $650 phone, so if those numbers are correct, our initial prediction that these phones wont come cheap was correct. They might start at $650 for the Pixel and $770 for the Pixel XL with the 128 GB version being $100 more each.
The Verizon leak mentioned another interesting piece of information: Google Magic. So far, no one knows what Google Magic is. Speculating on the name for a while, it could be a collection of Google software that might enhance the user experience. Google's CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned during an interview this summer, that the company might use software to further differentiate the Nexus lineup from the competition. Google Magic could be what he was talking about back then. Others think that Google Magic will be the marketing term for the Google Assistant, that will be part of Google Home and many future Google products. So far all that is speculation. Google will explain what the Magic is all about in just a few hours, so don't forget to tune in!