tech2 News StaffOct 14, 2016 15:13:45 IST
Google Pixel and Pixel XL pre-orders have begun in India from 13 Oct onwards. Flipkart has already started taking pre-orders for the Pixel which is expected to start shipping in India from 25 Oct.
But it looks like a lucky customer in Australia has got his hands on the Google Pixel early, thanks to his telecom service provider Telstra's goof-up. Google Pixel/Pixel XL is officially scheduled to release in Australia on 20 October. Going by the name Wooparse, on Reddit, the customer has shared images of his Google Pixel which he received a week early.
Wooparse has gone on an impromptu Reddit AMA regarding his Google Pixel. According to him, he has received the 32GB storage variant of the Pixel, with usable storage space of 29.7GB. He claims that there is no bloatware on the device, although Google asks him to download Allo and Duo.
According to some benchmark numbers posted by him, the AnTuTu score for Pixel is 142354, Geekbench 4 scores are 1677 (single core) and 3924 (multi-cores).
A Redditor on the thread claiming to be a Telstra representative also said that this issue was nothing new with Telstra. The person concerned with the shipping of orders does tend to ship things out a week in advance.
Google has already published advertisements in a lot of Indian dailies on 13 Oct. According to PhoneArena, Google has spend around $3.2mn on ads for the Pixel and Pixel XL. A lot of users are also being bombarded with Pixel and Pixel XL ads while they are using Google.
Some users have said that while searching on Google, you get a pop-up asking if you are interested in buying a Pixel. On answering 'Yes', you are then redirected to the pre-order page on the Made By Google product page.
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