Google Pixel 2 XL gets $400 discount from Best Buy, but it’s only available today

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Google is now giving a discount on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to "loyal" Nexus owners, but if you aren't one of the lucky folks getting that offer, you can still get a nice deal on a new Pixel phone.

Best Buy is now offering $400 off the Pixel 2 XL. The savings comes in the form of $300 in bill credits and a $100 instant rebate.

To get this deal, you'll need to buy a Pixel 2 XL and activate it on Verizon with monthly installment payments.

Both the Just Black and Black and White versions of the Pixel 2 XL are eligible for this deal, and both are available in 64GB and 128GB capacities. After the $400 discount, the 64GB models will cost you $18.74 per month for 24 months, while the 128GB versions will cost $22.91 per month for 24 months.

The Pixel 2 XL is one of the best Android flagships on the market right now, offering a large display with slim bezels, solid performance, and a great camera. Plus, since it's a Google phone, the Pixel 2 XL will get OS updates before most other Android devices on the market.

This Best Buy deal is only available today, February 16, so you'll have to act fast if you want to take advantage of it.

New leak offers details on upcoming LG flagship, codenamed ‘Judy’

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Rumors say that LG is cooking up another version of the V30 with AI camera smarts for an MWC debut, but that doesn't mean that LG doesn't have a brand new flagship coming.

LG is currently working on a new flagship smartphone codenamed "Judy", says VentureBeat. The device is said to have an all-new design and a 6.1-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and Full Vision slim bezels.

Also of note about the Judy's display is that LG is reportedly using a new type of screen known as MLCD+. With an RGBW matrix that includes a white sub-pixel, the screen can allegedly achieve an 800-nit brightness while using 35 percent less power than regular IPS LCD screens.

Other specs said to be included with LG's Judy is a Snapdragon 845 processor, 64GB of built-in storage, 4GB of RAM, stereo speakers, HDR10, wireless charging, and an IP68 water and dust resistant body that can also stand up to impacts.

Like other recent LG flagships, the Judy is expected to have a dual rear camera setup. This phone will reportedly offer two 16MP cameras with f/1.6 lenses. LG is also said to be packing in its camera AI technologies into the Judy.

LG is said to be targeting a June debut for its new flagship device.

While some of these rumored features would be expected for a new LG flagship in 2018, like dual rear cameras and a Snapdragon 845, there are some interesting aspects of the Judy being rumored. That new battery-saving display sounds nice, and I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of new design LG has cooked up for its flagship.

New Halo Gray Essential Phone now available for pre-order with built-in Amazon Alexa

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Hot on the heels of the debut of three new Essential Phone colors, Essential has announced a fourth new version of its flagship Android smartphone.

The Essential Phone is getting a new Halo Gray color option. This device features a matte finish on both the titanium frame and the ceramic backside.

Also of note is that this Halo Gray Essential Phone is exclusive to Amazon, and as such, comes with the Amazon Alexa assistant installed. You can use Alexa to get answers to questions, control smart home devices, access Alexa skills, and more.

The Halo Gray Essential Phone is now available for pre-order from Amazon. Pricing is set at $449.99, and devices will begin shipping on February 21.

This is another nice-looking variant of the Essential Phone, offering a simply two-tone gray look with a matte finish that should give you some improved grip. If you like the look of this Essential Phone, you can hit up Amazon to pre-order one of your very own.

Google offering 20 percent discount on Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL to ‘loyal’ Nexus owners

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Google wants to help Nexus owners get a new Pixel phone.

Google is now emailing "loyal" Nexus owners to offer them a 20 percent discount on a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. "As a thanks for being a loyal Nexus owner, here's a 20% discount on any Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL," the email reads.

The discount is applied at checkout and is valid through February 28. This deal is only available using the "Shop now" link provided in the email, meaning that it's not a discount code that just anyone can use.

With this 20 percent discount, the Pixel 2 64GB will cost around $520 while the Pixel 2 XL 64GB will set you back around $680.

It's unclear exactly how Google is determining who a "loyal" Nexus owner is, but it seems likely that Google is sending it to customers who previously bought a Nexus device from the Google store. If that's you, keep an eye on your inbox for a nice discount on a new Pixel smartphone.

Verizon rolling out new $30 prepaid plan, cutting price on Prepaid Unlimited plan

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Verizon today announced that it's making some changes to its prepaid plans starting February 20.

First up, Verizon is rolling out a new prepaid smartphone plan. This plan is priced at $30 per month and includes unlimited talk and text as well as 500MB of data. It also includes the same features as other Verizon prepaid plans like Carryover Data and mobile hotspot.

On the other end of the plan spectrum, Verizon is lowering the price of its Prepaid Unlimited plan. Priced at $80 per month now, its price will drop to $75 per month next week.

Verizon is also adding mobile hotspot to its Prepaid Unlimited plan. The thing to keep in mind, though, is that this mobile hotspot is capped at 3G speeds, or around 600Kbps.

Finally, Verizon is bringing its Travel Pass feature to prepaid plans. This enables prepaid customers to use their talk, text, and data in Mexico and Canada. Pricing for this add-on is $5 per day, and you'll only be charged on the days that you actually use it.