Google Pixel And Pixel XL Prices Slashed, Free Daydream View VR Headset Included

Patience is not only a virtue, it is also a good tool for saving money. Consider this—if you waited all this time to finally decide to buy a Pixel or Pixel XL handset from Google, you will be rewarded for your patience with up to a $200 discount from the original price. Not bad, right? Google will even toss in a free Daydream View VR headset. Both the discount and free VR headset offer is part of Google's Back to School promotion.

The biggest discount ($200) applies to the Pixel XL. Originally priced at $769, it can now be bought from Google starting at $569 for the 32GB model, and $669 for the 128GB SKU. If desired, you can tack on a 2-year device protection plan for another $99. It comes in "Very Silver," "Quite Black," and "Limited Edition: Really Blue" color options, the latter of which is only available with 32GB of internal storage.

Pixel and Pixel XL

If opting for the smaller Pixel, you'll save $125, as it is now priced at $524 versus its normal $649 price tag. That is for the 32GB model. Like the Pixel XL, it's another $100 for the 128GB SKU, which also is not available on the Limited Edition: Really Blue color option.

As a refresher, the Pixel and Pixel XL differ only in display size and battery capacity, with the former sporting a 5-inch AMOLED screen and 2,770 mAh battery, and the latter a larger 5.5-inch panel and 3,450 mAh battery. Otherwise, both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM. The Pixel and Pixel XL also feature an 8MP front camera, 12.3MP rear camera, a bottom firing speaker, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE connectivity, a USB-C port, and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.

While no longer cutting edge, these are still fast phones, especially for the price. That said, Google is prepping a pair of second generation Pixel and Pixel XL handsets that are expected to feature a Snapdragon 835 SoC and Android 8 out of the box.

As for the Daydream View, it is a more robust successor to Google Cardboard with a plastic, foam, and fabric construction. It weighs 220 grams, which is less than the Samsung Gear VR (345 grams), and includes a hinged panel to slide in your smartphone. It normally sells for $79 by itself.