Verizon retains exclusive on Google’s Pixel 3

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Google Pixel 3 is available for preorder on Verizon starting today, Oct. 9. (Verizon)

Verizon Wireless will remain the exclusive carrier for Google’s new Pixels, which were unveiled at a media event in New York today.

This marks the third consecutive year for the exclusive partnership, although the Pixel 3 can also be purchased unlocked in the Google store for $799 for the 65 GB version, with the Pixel 3 XL costing $899, according to The Verge. The 128 GB storage option costs $100 more.

For a limited time, Verizon is offering a Buy One Get One free promo, so if a customer buys one Google Pixel 3, he or she gets a second 64 GB Pixel 3 on the house. Both Pixels need to be purchased on Verizon device payment plans, and the customer has to sign up for one new line of service.

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Pixel 3 will be available from Verizon in two sizes: the 5.5” Pixel 3 and the 6.3” Pixel 3 XL, both available in 64 GB and 128 GB memory options. Both devices promise a great camera, dual-front speakers and wireless charging.

Verizon touted the camera’s functionality, saying that thanks to new AI functionality, it can select the best shot from motion photos. A new Super-Res Zoom feature uses computational photography to reduce the amount of noise and artifacts in the photos when zooming in on a shot.  

Interestingly, the Pixel 3’s Google Assistant will also help screen calls to avoid unwanted solicitors and lets customers choose whether to answer a call or mark it as spam.  

Google also introduced the Pixel Stand, which serves as a wireless charger that turns the Pixel into a smart visual and audio experience that can be controlled by on-screen actions or by using voice commands. 

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Google introduced the Pixel and Pixel XL at a media event in October 2016. The first- and second-generation Pixels were also exclusive to Verizon, but T-Mobile was quick to point out yesterday that consumers can buy an unlocked Pixel from Google, Verizon or another original retailer and bring it to T-Mobile’s network, which, it asserts, will provide a better experience.

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