Google Pixel XL to launch for $649 in the US?

The official unveiling of Google's next Android smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL (previously known as Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin respectively), is inching closer and closer. As the rumor mill has it, there is no more than a month left before the “ex-Nexus” devices enter the limelight, and it seems like we are learning new and interesting tid-bits about them almost every day. Just recently, we found out that the Pixel and Pixel XL will likely be the first Snapdragon 821 phones to hit the US, and now we have a rumor regarding the XL's pricing in the States.

According to David Ruddock of Android Police, the Google Pixel XL will be priced at $649 at launch, although it is not clear which version will cost that. We have our fingers crossed for the 128 GB model, though! Ruddock also says that Google will offer some sort of device financing for the new phones as well, but not much is known about it at this point. No word currently on pricing for the Google Pixel, but we would bet on it being cheaper than the XL.



For reference, last year's 5.7” Nexus 6P launched in the US starting at $499 for the 32 GB model, $549 for the 64 GB model, and $649 for the 128 GB model, while the 5.2” Nexus 5X was priced at $379 for the 16 GB version, and $429 for the 32 GB version. Having said this, it wouldn't be too surprising if Google maintains a similar pricing model for this year's phones. For further reference, the iPhone 7 is priced at $649 for the 32 GB model, $749 for the 128 GB one, and $849 for the 256 GB version, while the iPhone 7 Plus is priced at $769, $869, and $969 for the three storage options respectively. Selling the 128 GB Google Pixel XL at $649 would make it both competitive against Apple's new offerings and comparable to what customers have come to expect with last year's Nexus devices.

What do you think about this rumored price? Would you pick up a 128 GB Pixel XL for $649? If you're having a hard time deciding, check out our rumor review for the Pixel and Pixel XL for more information on the upcoming Google-branded smartphones.

source: David Ruddock (Twitter)

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31 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hopefully this finally means no compromises I've been so annoyed the Nexus phones have had some many hardware issues e.g. Nexus 5, poor battery and camera Nexus 6, poor battery, camera, display Nexus 6P, average battery, poor build quality, no OIS Its still $100+ less than the Note7 and iPhone 7 Plus, so would gladly pay a little more if those are fixed

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Nexus 5...? Poor battery and camera...? Oops, wait... (No darling... He didn't mean it... Come-on Nexy... Stop vibrating... Who is a good Phone? Who is a good Phone? You're...! You're...! Better... Atta boy...!) You just scared the living daylights out of my Nexus 5... He doesn't have poor camera, mate... And the battery issue is not THAT big of an issue... Probably SD800 to blame... So... What EXACTLY do you mean, mate?

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dont worry, I love my Nexus 5, my best value purchase ever, no doubt I mean compared to the $650+ iPhone and Galaxy at the time For $350 in 2013 The Nexus 5 had easily the best camera (especially with age, it got noticeable better and faster every update) and good battery life But I dont care about price I just want the best UX and hardware Hence my sort of silly comparison with the higher priced iPhone and Galaxy I'd like no compromises

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Edit: BTW sorry, poor was too extreme Its still competitive several with other flagships of 2013 Although, IIRC the iPhone and Galaxy were on another level back then

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

How does the Nexus 6P have poor build quality? This is the best phone I've ever owned and the build quality is amazing. As for the battery, it's a large capacity battery at 3450 mAh, the only issue people are having with it is a bug with the 7.0 release of the OS and that's easily remedied with a software update. As for OIS... Sure, I could go for that.

10. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I hated my 6p. Apart from the size and width feeling all wrong in my hand, the screen colors were horrible. There were 1000s of posts on xda about it. Google denied knowing anything about it, so I sent it back for a refund. Didn't like the design or build quality myself

13. iWinAndroBerry unregistered

I agree with the build quality being poor on the Nexus 6P. I accidentally dropped my 6P on carpet flooring and it has a dent as a result.

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Maybe poor is an exaggeration but there's definitely issues with build quality and battery life E.g. Bending issues (even if unrealistic), screens have lower QC standards than the Note5, the 810 being the 810 The Nexus 6P is still the best ever Nexus But there were still compromises E.g. more I didn't mention earlier are eMMC storage (not UFS or NVMe), average DAC, no wireless charging

19. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

The Nexus 6 has a poor battery? I guess I don't see 2 days of battery life being "poor".

31. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Since the carriers are involved I'm being the 32GB is $649.

2. TerryTerius unregistered

I wonder if they will have an all black version. I don't usually go for dark devices, but I would in this case.

20. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

That black area around the camera/nearly half of the entire rear of the device is horrendous and looks even worse than the black area across the top of the 6P. I too would go for the black version if they offered it.

25. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I agree. It looks awful. Oddly enough, I like the black bar across the 6P.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Who cares how much a Nexy (Or Pixely from now?) costs...? Google will soon offering HUGE discounts within an year... And that's when you poach the Nexy...! Oh well... G'Day!

6. losersmurf29

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

After the note 7 fiasco this phone will have better chance to win the market. Good wished for the Pixel XL.

9. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

say no to pixel

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Oneplus is the new Nexus, no bloatware, software update guaranteed and low cost Pixel price is a jokes

14. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Don't compare cost of making phones between China and International..... By the way, which brand can get fastest update and newest security patches, everyone knows.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7165; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The OnePlus has a forked version of Android. It's not Google's, it's OnePlus version of Android. With their twists on Google's version of what Android should be. So please stop comparing a Google Nexus/Pixel device to OnePlus.

12. shaanig

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

So andriod daddy is coming we should always stick to google for vanilla experience rather than bloated miui touchwhiz etc.

16. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

MIUI is ok for me, not bloated on global ROM.

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I really want the Nexus/Pixel devices this year to be worth a look, but I have a strong suspicion I'll be going with the OnePlus 3 this year. I have the OnePlus X right now, and I love it. Really reminds me of my Nexus 5. Hopefully, this price is the top tier version of the XL. Base model Pixel needs to be at most $400, otherwise it's a non-starter.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I might sell my S7 Edge and get the 128 Pixel XL. I miss stock rom

24. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Rebel, how is the battery life on your edge? What SOT do you get?

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It depends a bit, when I use it continuously I'm getting around 5-6 hours. When it's spread over the entire day, around 4-5. Granted I do have a bit too many apps installed (more than I actually need). And I've been running a modified rom, but I am going back to Samsung's stock rom soon

29. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

That's pretty good, right around what I get with my Nexus 6P. You're gonna love stock. Nexus phones are great. In fact, you might want to try the 6P. I think it's still a top 5 phone. Outstanding performance. I had an S7 edge a while ago, but wanted stock.

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I bought a Nexus 5X I use for work and running Dirty Unicorns on it, so close to stock. And I admit, I love the 5X more than the S7 Edge. Samsungs screen is absolutely more stunning, the camera top notch, but I love stockrom more. So I might end up selling the S7 Edge or giving it to my dad (currently rocking an LG G2 with DU)

22. htcisthebest

Posts: 435; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

While this looks much better than the iPhone 7 duo, I think its design is still very uninspiring and unpremium. If they charge 649 for the base version XL I won't buy it.

23. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Waiting on the official details of this phone. I've got a $200 gift card that i will put towards the pruchase of a new phone. Hopefully this is the one it will go to. If not, the card and my money will continue to collect dust.

27. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

It's too bad HTC is making it. This new crop of Nexus or Pixel or whatever it's going to be called is awful. The Nexus 6P was a nice looking phone and felt premium in the hand. This phone looks generic with too much bezel!!!!!!

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