Google is finally bringing the Really Blue Pixel and Pixel XL phone to the UK, giving well-off mobile fans a super-colourful design option. Here’s the full UK price and release date info for the Really Blue Google Pixel and Pixel XL handsets.
Described by Google as ‘bold, bright and blue’, the Really Blue model of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone is finally being released in the UK after launching over in the US originally.
What is the Google Pixel and Pixel XL?
The Google Pixel phone and its bigger brother, the Pixel XL, are Google’s latest own-brand smartphones. These premium-priced handsets are serious rivals to Apple’s iPhones, offering the new Nougat version of Android plus Google’s own Assistant AI, all wrapped in a sexy metal and glass frame.
Check out our Google Pixel and Pixel XL hub for our full reviews of these premium phones, plus tips and tricks, camera reviews, comparisons and more.
What is the Really Blue Pixel and Pixel XL?
Kind of what it says on the tin. The Really Blue version is a Marmite-style love-it-or-hate-it vibrantly coloured model, which really, really stands out in a crowd. Personally we’re enticed by that rich paint job, while others think it looks like a bag of sick.
Originally the Really Blue Pixel and Pixel XL could only be picked up in the US. But after a few months of longing, this colourful handset is coming to the UK via the EE network.
Rachael Roberts, Industrial Designer at Google, said: “Launching just in time for London Fashion Week, Pixel “Really Blue” is the bold and youthful sibling to the Quite Black and Very Silver colours. Our goal for Pixel was to create a simple and smart design in a beautifully crafted case and we hope “Really Blue” will appeal to the fun and stylish fashionistas among us.”
Check out our full Really Blue Pixel phone unboxing and hands-on video below, for our thoughts on this UK release.
When can I buy the Really Blue Pixel or Pixel XL phone in the UK, and how much?
If you’re tempted by the Really Blue Pixel phones you can pick them up on the EE network here in the UK. You can grab them either direct from EE or through the Carphone Warehouse, from February 24. The Really Blue model will be available on a choice of monthly contracts and you’ll get a free Daydream View VR headset with the phone.
Buyers take note, the Really Blue version is a limited edition, so when that stock is gone, you’ll have to rely on artificially inflated eBay offerings.
The Really Blue Pixel phone with 32GB of storage will be free on a £45.99 monthly EE contract. For that sum you’ll get unlimited UK minutes and texts, as well as a generous 7GB of data. You’ll also bag yourself a free Daydream View VR Headset and 10 BAFTA winning movies (see below).
The Really Blue Pixel XL phone with 32GB of storage will be free on a £50.99 monthly EE contract. For that sum you’ll enjoy unlimited UK minutes and texts, as well as a generous 7GB of data. You’ll also bag yourself a free Daydream View VR Headset and 10 BAFTA winning movies (see below).
Carphone Warehouse is charging £29.99 up-front for the Really Blue Pixel XL, if you stump up for a £55.99 per month contract. The cheapest available monthly contract is £40.99 per month, with a £119.99 up-front cost. You can pre-order now, with delivery expected by March 7.
What free movies do I get with the Really Blue Pixel and Pixel XL when I order through EE?
The movies you get download codes for are:
1. Les Miserables
2. Inglorious Basterds
3. Schindler’s List
4. Billy Elliot
5. In Bruges
6. The Theory of Everything
9. Shakespeare In Love
10. Anna Karenina
You can redeem these codes through the Google Play store, to enjoy on your shiny new Pixel (or any other Android streamer or device).
How can I order some jeans in that colour?
You really like that Really Blue hue eh? Well, the good news is that Google has teamed up with designer Christian Cowan to offer some slacks in that exact colour. These Really Blue Jeans pack a single pocket for your Pixel or Pixel XL phone, and are launching in time for the London Fashion Week. Nice.