Disappointing Google Pixel 4 leak suggests it'll cost more than Pixel 3

Disappointing Google Pixel 4 leak suggests it'll cost more than Pixel 3
Leaked Pixel 4 hands-on photo

Samsung and Huawei raised their prices upon the fairly recent arrival of the Galaxy Note 10+ and Mate 30 Pro. Now, one important bit of information courtesy of leaker Evan Blass suggests Google could soon follow suit.

Higher prices in Canada and no extra storage


In Canada, the Silicon Valley-based internet giant is reportedly planning a rather noticeable price hike that’ll see the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL retail at CAD 1049.95 and CAD 1199.95 respectively. For reference, last year’s Pixel 3 could be purchased for CAD 999 at launch while the XL model cost CAD 1129. 

This move does directly contradict earlier rumors which indicated Google would either maintain or lower its flagship prices this year but it could ultimately be justified by the extra storage that’s been reported countless times. However, it appears this isn’t happening either. 

The Google Pixel 4 series will once again ship with 64GB of base storage, per the information received by Blass. Models with 128GB are apparently in the works but they’ll cost significantly more – the 128GB Pixel 4 will set customers back CAD 1199.95 in Canada and the XL version should be available for CAD 1359.95. To make matters worse, this pricing strategy means Google is now charging more for extra storage. Last year the company charged CAD 130 extra for the 128GB variants but this year the equivalent Pixel 4 model will cost CAD 150 extra. The 128GB Pixel 4 XL, on the other hand, adds CAD 160 to the price.

How much will the Pixel 4 cost in the US and Europe?


The official Pixel 4 series pricing for the US market hasn’t yet leaked but some simple math can give us a pretty good idea about what the final retail price points will be. That’s because Google’s Canadian prices are typically between $40 and $50 cheaper than US ones when converted directly.

Using this logic, the entry-level Pixel 4 model with 64GB of storage will likely retail at $829 while the 128GB version could cost $949, up from the $799 and $899 price points of the Pixel 3. If you’re on the lookout for the Pixel 4 XL, it may start at $949 and rise to $1,059 for the model with extra internal storage. This doesn't compare too favorably to the $899 and $999 prices of the Pixel 3 XL.

Pricing for Europe is a bit more complicated to calculate because each market has slightly different taxes, but retail price points of around €879 and €999 for the 64GB Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL models respectively seem pretty plausible. The 128GB variants may cost €999 and €1,109 on average.

Google Pixel 4 series announcement and what to expect


The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will go official next week on Tuesday, October 15. Pre-orders for the smartphones are expected to commence the same day once the introduction event has ended and should precede shipments on Friday, October 25.

In terms of what the premium devices will offer, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 paired with 6GB of RAM is to be expected alongside stock Android 10. The latter will integrate the next-generation Google Assistant which was recently caught on video and several other features including native Dark Mode. Also part of the Pixel 4 package is a Project Soli radar that’ll enable a variety of air gestures paired with a 3D facial recognition system that’ll rival the iPhone 11 and Mate 30 Pro’s alternatives. 

Accompanying the flagships on Google’s big day is rumored to be a new Nest Mini speaker that’ll succeed the current-gen Home Mini and a Pixelbook Go Chromebook.

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Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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43 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1718; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No finger print sensor but other tech that makes the phone cost more, no thanks, just give me finger print sensor & cheaper phone.

4. DBozz

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

The make cheaper phones but never give us at cheaper price. They fixed their competition is iphone every year only in pricing. That f**king 64gb base storage for that price is unforgivable! They are fucking lazy even to put latest iteration of 855 processor even its made available for 4 months since!

29. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I really do want the Pixel 4, 128 GB variant, but it's now to the point where it simply costs too much. I bought my Pixel 2 128GB out of need as my Nexus 6P was dying after 2 to 3 hours of zero use. My Pixel 2 on the other hand, is still running like a champ so I cannot justify the purchase, Besides, I make my final payment on my phone next week, and I am looking forward to my $25 Google Fi phone bill again.

32. Oculus

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

OnePlus 7 pro !!

2. Cat97

Posts: 1929; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Google really doesn't want to sell their phones due to a big number of hardware issues that comes with every iteration (I had most Nexus phones are they all had hardware issues which persisted up to Pixel 3 XL), they probably have another agenda, they only want to be perceived as "also" a hardware company for the investors, but have no interest in selling phones. I mean, really, if Google seriously wants to charge Apple prices for half-assed hardware with no real effort for innovation aside from camera software, they are purely delusional.

11. tuminatr

Posts: 1142; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I hear people who don't own the pixel phones making this argument. However I have owned the Nexus 6 and all the versions xl versions of the pixel. Software and hardware problems on these devices are seriously over reported. Now will I buy a Pixel 4 xl, yes but I will wait until they offer a discount.

13. toukale

Posts: 645; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Really, Google just lost a class-action lawsuit regarding the Nexus 6, just because your device was not one of the affected does not mean they did not have issues. Everyone of those users is eligible to get $400, that is a lot of money. The Nexus 6 had tons of issues from the get-go.

22. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Don't forget the class-action lawsuit for the Pixel XL...Recently i have a friend that owns the Pixel 3a XL and he went back to the Galaxy S10+ after 3 weeks of owning it. He said the signal and coverage was terrible on it

39. tuminatr

Posts: 1142; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Ok for what you are both saying to prove the pixel phones are poor quality they would need to have a significanly higher rate of class action lawsuits than any other manufacturer. I don't have the data but my guess is they are average maybe better off than Samsung, lg, apple and HTC

27. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Nexus phones had issues? Just the Nexus 6P and 5X. I used the Nexus 5 daily with no hardware issues, until we upgraded it to the Nexus 6, which is still used now. Of course the batteries on both are terrible, but the phones had 0 hardware failures that weren't caused by the user. In total, had 2 Nexus 6's and and 3 Nexus 5's (over 5 years, sold the old ones) and none had hardware issues. Had 2 Nexus 5X's and 1 Nexus 6P. Had 3 bootloop issues on the Nexus 5X, nothing on the 6P (yes, sent both 5x's to LG, got them fixed, and 3 weeks later one of the fixed ones failed again, and LG fixed that again, then sold both of them.)

45. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Nexus 5 had issues with camera not opening all the time. Only legit nexus device that i still actually use (although limited) is the OG nexus tablet

40. handsomparis

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

I agree but also wonder how do apple get away with it heck or even Samsung this year has not been innovative for any manufacture in my opinion the only thing that has improve is camera quality that nothing else so in my opinion I think google has every right to price it that price since other companies are getting away with it to

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely not a good look for Google. Charging more for less is what so many people complained about Apple doing when they removed the fingerprint sensor and just had FaceID. People also complained about Apple having the base model with only 64 gigs of storage, and here Google is doing the same thing. Then there are those that use Pixels that complained about others not having a headphone jack and expandable storage. And the Pixel 4 series will lack both. I hope everyone that bashed Apple and other OEM’s for these omissions and low base storage keeps that same energy and lets Google have it the same way. Launching a smartphone line with issue after issue for 3 flagship generations with run of the hardware while only putting in work to innovate with the camera software (jury is still out on the gestures of the Pixel 4 line), and now removing so many things that others have been bashed for doing while raising the price is backwards thinking on the part of Google. I swear, it really seems like Google is making an “Android iPhone” in a lot of aspects, as opposed to trying to make the best Android phone that they can make. Just my thoughts on the matter.

12. tuminatr

Posts: 1142; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

On thing to keep in mind is most people need the storage capacity for photos. Infact check your memory manager and see how much you are using. With the pixel Google includes free cloud storage I have the 128gb version have a ton of photos and apps And still have 89 gb free. I was thinking of getting the 64gb version to save some money when I upgrade to the p4 xl

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm referring to the hypocrisy. We can't blast Apple for having the base model at 64 gigs and for it being expensive and give Google a pass for the very same thing. Apple offers cloud storage for photos (albeit at a steeper price for the same amount that Google does). If people only blasted Apple for not matching Google in that retrospect, then fine. But that was not the case. Fair is fair.

19. DGRAY

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Well said.

37. tuminatr

Posts: 1142; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I was not blasting apple, but a 64gb iPhone would be a bigger deal than a 64gb pixel for the reason I mentioned. If both phons have 40gb of photos the iPhone would store them locally and backup through icloud. The pixel would store thumbnails on the device using a gig or two the full quality photos would be backed up to the cloud through Google photos for free.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never said you blasted Apple. But others have. And you can remove photos locally stored on the iPhone and leave them in the cloud.

23. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

That cloud storage is only good for photos and that's it. What about apps, games, files and music? And not include an SD card slot is one reason why i left both them and oneplus

38. tuminatr

Posts: 1142; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

You are correct mostly, however you can backup your music to Google play just like Google photos. As for apps the average size of an Android app is 11.5mb It would take approximately 5600 apps to fill the 64gb phone.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Why would anyone get this over the One Plus is beyond me.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Camera will be great but beyond that I don’t know.....faster updates

8. inFla

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

They need faster updates to correct all the bugs.

14. toukale

Posts: 645; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Then what does that say about the other devices, since Google is the one providing them the software they are using. You do not need to put Google down to say good things about the other players, not when those players are using Google software to sell their products. I can't understand folks who say things like this, those players are not using their own thing. Apple is the only one who can say crap like this since they are using their own software.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can hold Google accountable for the lack of QC for their software on Pixels. It's always full of bugs, much like Apple with iOS, especially if you use Pixels and iOS devices. Potential buyers can hold them accountable as well, many smartphone users that may want to switch to an iPhone or a Pixel, as the issues are most likely what keeps them away. Any OEM can also be held accountable by the consumer for offering less for a higher price, as it's their right to do so.

28. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Cameras....that's it. No other reason lol

7. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I usually buy the Pixel once pre-orders open but if those prices are correct I'll wait until black Friday to see if there's any deals.

49. photo3

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Got my 3xl for 699 last year during Black Friday. Ordered it and received it 3 days later.

15. Methlab

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 19, 2019

You said it, it's disappointing !

20. photo3

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Think we will have to see if this is true. If it is then they are putting to much stock into photos and the assistant. The phone is lacking a wide angle lense, a large battery, a 855+, better storage options and is on the low side of ram especially this late in the year. They should come out in February or March, then they would seem a bit more competitive hardware wise.

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