Google Pixel and Pixel XL price and release date

The speculation is over, and the rumors were true - Google indeed killed the Nexus line with the announcement of the new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, entirely #madebygoogle. Well, it looks like HTC may have had the speculated input, but we digress. The phones are powered by the newest and powerful Snapdragon 821, have 5" 1080p and 5.5" 1440p displays, 4 GB of RAM, 12 MP cameras, and good-size batteries. 

So far so good, but the phones are set apart by Google as shipping with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, being poster kids for the Daydream VR platform, and offering free unlimited storage for your photos and vids in original resolution, including 4K footage.

How much for these puppies, and when will they be available? Well, they are available for pre-order today in the US, U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia, and on the 13th in some markets like India, while the release date is October 20. Verizon will be carrying them exclusively when it comes to US carriers. 

Prices start from $649, or $27 a month, how about that? Of course, Pixel will be offered unlocked on the Google Store, too, and it also works with Google's Project Fi network. The Pixel with 128 GB of onboard storage is $749, while $769 will net you the larger Pixel XL with 32 GB, and the XL with 128 GB is $869. The blue version seems to be only for the US, bummer.

Phone32 GB128 GB
Google Pixel$649$749
Google Pixel XL$769$869


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Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)

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58 Comments

1. bonsly16

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Exclusive through Verizon in the U.S.??? What the hell is this malarkey?

6. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Just buy it unlocked from Google store or from other retailers

37. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Probably cause Verizon wants to ruin it with their crapps.

53. Subie

Posts: 2370; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Not to mention the big check mark they'll want to stamp on it.

2. Harambe unregistered

I'm guessing that the pixel XL 128GB will cost in the neighbourhood of 800$. Suddenly pricing of the iPhone doesn't look so bad.

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I read from another site that the Pixel XL is $769 for 32 GB, $869 for 128 GB. That matches the iPhone 7 Plus exactly in price.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not only does the Pixel XL spank the iPhone 7 in the camera department, but they have better displays, much faster sensors (gyroscope, and accelerometer). Support Vulkan graphics APIs, and bring Daydream VR. The Pixel's out class the iPhone 7 especially when it comes to new technologies.

28. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

that last time i checked. google vr games are mostly garbage. sorry i ain't paying $800 for freemium games

51. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Daydream VR is not google VR... Here what Daydream VR can do :https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/introducing-bullet-train-new-vr-experience

29. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

How do you know it has better display? You are going by resolution, right? Specs is not everything. The iPhone has better display than many phone with higher resolution.

36. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

New technology isn't necessarily a good thing... Take... Er... Atom Bombs for example... I'd rather stick with good ol' dynamite... (Hiccup) G'Day!

41. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You're a few decades behind the times there buddy.

39. Harambe unregistered

I'm an android user, but your comment is just wrong. Better display: yes. But no color management in android means it will display the wrong colors most of the time( unless you enable sRGB mode which is a really dull gamut). much faster sensors: any proof for that? vulkan: that will take a few years to mature. metal is already mature. Daydream VR: Sorry, but these are penTile matrix displays and hence it will look really bad on these. Even full RGB QHD displays don't look that good on VR. And iPhones have much higher performance and storage. Both phones have something going for it. But seeing that google is not taking advantage of the hardware on these phones in the OS is just breaking my heart.

40. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: Not only does the Pixel XL spank the iPhone 7 in the camera department, but they have better displays, much faster sensors (gyroscope, and accelerometer). Support Vulkan graphics APIs, and bring Daydream VR. Yes... But even with all that in the resume... It still can't spank a tiny little something... Something called... iOS... Now spank this...! G'Day!

46. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You forgot to put, In my opinion. There. I fixed it for you.

43. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You may be right about the camera, but I'm pretty sure the iPhone 7 Plus still beats the Snapdragon 821 in terms of processing power and graphics power. The 821 offers just a 10% increase in processing power over the 820, which would still put it behind the A10 Fusion of the iPhone 7. And I think it uses the same GPU as the 820.

52. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

the GPU in the SD820 beat the one in the A10 in some test and other A10 beat it. they are about same speed. So if they increased the performance of the GPU in the SD821 its will beat it. as for CPU well you are right there but my old moto x play can play all games whitout lag so we dont really need more cpu we need more GPU.

58. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Are you sure you don't mean the Adreno 530 beats the A9 GPU in some tests? Because the tests I'm looking at don't seem to show that the A10 Fusion GPU is beaten by the Adreno 530: http://i0.wp.com/www.techgrapple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Graphic-BenchMark.jpg

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It says right in the article that the XL 128GB is $869.

32. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Aye... And with iPhone you get #BraggingRights With a Nexus (Or Pixel from now on) you get... #Geek #Nerd I know what I'd rather have...! Yes, an... Never mind... G'Day!

35. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

That is their mistake to deal with. HTC did the same thing; it try to compete with the iPhone and Galaxy devices. I think $549 and $649 would had worked to their benefit. Just have to wait until the holidays and watch the prices plunge a bit.

3. md227a

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Why make it exclusive to vzw, why!

4. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Only order phones unlocked from google. No doubt verizon will try and ad some useless junk on it.

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

y buy the this when i can buy the original version,iphone 7

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Cause it has much better camera than iphone 7, amoled screen, probably better battery, quick charge.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Somehow I doubt this will have better battery life with Google's bloat on it. My Nexus 6 can barely get through a day with a much larger cell than my former 6S+ (which got me two days easily). Screen is a wash though.

17. Kumar123 unregistered

Those "bloat" will get better with times. I bet Pixel will get much better time thanks to SD821, 6P has the worst SoC ever so it's no wonder it has bad battery life. Though I doubt any phone can beat iPhone 6s plus/ 7 plus battery life, they are the best in terms of battery life if they use updated amoled screen they will should have very good battery life.

38. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Amoled doesn't go hand in hand with bright colours, specially white... And the iOS10 was EXTREMELY white and bright the last time I checked... Perhaps iOS11...? In any case, they ought to stick with the low, sub 400PPI resolution for the sake of 'juice'... I don't mind a low resolution screen... And... I mind a poor battery life... Oh well, G'Day!

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Why is it that on the Pixel it's Google's bloat but on the iPhone it's not Apple's bloat?

42. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because iPhone bloat doesn't run your battery dry. Take a look at your battery settings right now. How much you wanna bet "Google Play Services" is at or bear the top of the usage list?

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