Google’s latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL went up for pre-orders in India from October 26. Flipkart is offering various discounts on the smartphones to lure customers, but Jio is also not far behind. Jio is offering benefits worth Rs 35,000 for buyers who pre-order the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones from their website.
There is not much difference between Jio and Flipkart’s offers, except that Jio is offering one year of complimentary Jio-Pixel Plan on both the Pixel 2 smartphones. The plan offers free local and STD voice calling, unlimited 4G data (capped at 750GB), unlimited national SMS and free subscription to Jio apps for a year.
Apart from the Pixel-Jio offer, Jio is offering a Rs 8,000 cashback to people buying the smartphones using an HDFC credit card. Customers pre-ordering the Pixel 2 smartphones will also get the Sennheiser CX 7.00BT Bluetooth earphones priced at Rs 11,990 at Rs 1. Buyers will also receive an additional Rs 5,000 off on exchanging their old mobile phone for the Pixel 2 series smartphone.
Jio is also offering 70 percent buyback on the maximum retail price of the iPhone X. Apple’s iPhone X is up for pre-orders in India and the device is expected to be available in extremely limited quantities. To be eligible for the offer, buyer needs to subscribe to Jio’s services and perform either a recharge of Rs 799 or above for a period of 12 consecutive months starting from the date of activation of IMEI number of the iPhone X, or perform a one time yearly recharge of Rs 99,99. Customer needs to return the phone within the Assured Buyback Period to avail the offer. You can read more about the offer and its terms in detail here.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the second-generation flagship smartphones 'Made by Google'. The Pixel 2 will start shipping on November 1, while the Pixel 2 XL will be available starting November 15. The Google Pixel 2 is manufactured by HTC, while LG is building the Pixel 2 XL.
As the Pixel 2 series phones hit the market, many users have reported of issues with the phones. Some of the Pixel 2 XL smartphones are apparently showing a screen burn-in issue on their pOLED display along, and poor colour representation. Some users have also reported of hearing a faint clicking sound on some Pixel 2 devices.
Google has responded to the aforementioned concerns saying that the screen burn-in issue is “in line with that of other premium smartphones” and normal. The company said day-to-day user experience of the Pixel 2 XL should not be affected. Regarding the colour representation issue, the company said that they will be introducing a new saturated mode, which will apparently produce more vibrant colours that many users like.
Google further identifies that the clicking sound issue on the Pixel 2 is due to a problem with NFC on the smartphone. Turning it off is a temporary fix for now as the company says it will soon issue a software update to fix this issue.