Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL price and release date: our expectations

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL price and release date: our expectations
The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are shaping up as two of the most interesting phones of 2019, even if not for all the right reasons. As with previous generations, the Pixel 4 has been extensively leaked months ahead of its official release, but this time around, Google has also joined in on the fun by releasing what looks like an official render of the phone. The teased design, alongside rumors that the phone is going to have a sizable top bezel, have stirred some controversy online.

On the other hand, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are exciting as a showcase for Android Q and a wave of new software innovations, especially in the camera department. And speaking of that, the Pixel 4 is going to have two cameras, instead of just one. This may not sound all that impressive nowadays, what with all the quad and penta-camera phones around, but seeing as how well previous generations of Pixel phones fared with just a single camera, adding a second one to the equation may further improve pictures, and especially portraits.

But for all we know about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, there’s still some questions left, like when to expect them and at what price. Today, we are going to try to answer both.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL expected release date

The OG Pixel phones were announced on October 4, 2016, at the Made By Google event, and launched later that same month – on October 20, to be exact, which was the second-to-last Thursday of the month. The second generation of Pixels was unveiled on October 4 the following year, and launched later on October 19, which again was the second-to-last Thursday of the month. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were revealed on October 9 2018, and launched in the US on Thursday, October 18. The rest of the world got them on November 1, the first Thursday of the month.

Going from this, we’d wager a guess that the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will be announced at this year’s Made By Google event, in early October, and launch in the US on October 24, which is the second-to-last Thursday of the month.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL expected price

Google has been incrementally hiking the prices of Pixel phones over the years. The base models of the OG Pixel and Pixel XL had an initial MSRP of around $650 and $769, respectively. The second generation maintained the price for the small model, but the XL got its price tag bumped to $849. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were priced at $799 and $899 upon release, respectively.

This amounts to an average price increase of around $50 per year, so it would be logical to assume that Google will add another $50 on top—possibly more for the Pixel 4 XL— bringing the price of the bigger model closer to the $1000 threshold.

Of course, Google will also have to take into account the very well-priced iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S10e, which will have been subject to multiple discounts by the time the Pixel 4 launches. Google already has an affordable contender in the face of the Pixel 3a, but considering how well-rounded Apple’s and Samsung’s affordable flagships are, the 64GB version of the Pixel 4 XL shouldn’t break the $1000 mark.

Related phones

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



1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1258; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Can't wait!!

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would Google be worried over the iPhone XR, especially when it's hardware is inferior to Google's Pixel 3? Nevermind the up and coming Pixel 4. The XR has lower water resistance, less ram, a crappy low resolution LCD display that can't even show a full HD video or movie without downscaling it. No HDR support for its display. No faster charger or accompanying cable in the box. No audio dongle in the box. It's camera is worse than the Pixels. To this day no iPhone can do split screen multitasking. There is no comparison.

2. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Night actually return to Pixel BUT the prices need to drop by at least £50. I'm much more interested in Pixel Watch & Pixel buds 2 if they actual exist??

4. irakliv

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It betrays logic that one the World’s most valuable company insists on releasing flagship products with such an ugly design. Horrified, I keep staring at the sad-alien-pig face of the alleged Pixel phone and replay this question on loop in my head: did Google really found it too difficult to slightly rearrange flash and camera lens or what the heck is going on here?

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Give me a wide camera, stereo recording, no notch on the nonXL version, Pixel Visual Core, decent battery and you got my money. It's fairly simple for me - I don't care for portraits, night shots, stereo speakers, Qi etc. I am willing to sacrifice a lot for my new personal phone ... but what remains must be pretty much perfect. My new "work" phone will most likely be older Note or Mi Max 4 - so that way I will satisfy my hunger for the big and loud device.

6. Poptart2828

Posts: 498; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Everything releasing now a days for the North American market is just plain boring. Felt like this for years now

7. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Cmon October

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Huawei Mate to Google Pixel to iPhone XI. Who comes out the winner of the square module? In overall sales? the iPhone will win by a large margin. In camera performance...? TBD....

9. sebstin

Posts: 195; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Why cant they release with 3 different sizes?.. 5.3", 5.7" and 6.3" ...

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'll be more interested in the Pixel 4a. Looks like the 3a series has been really popular. I know I'm loving mine.

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