RIP cheap Nexuses: Google Pixel could start at $650; Pixel XL even costlier

RIP cheap Nexuses: Google Pixel could start at $650; Pixel XL even costlier
It's that time of the year when Google's Nexus Pixel rumors reach full throttle. The HTC-manufactured handset duo is expected to be announced over the next few weeks, and we've seen plenty of leaked specs and renders of both Pixel variants by now. Previously, it had been speculated that the larger, Pixel XL model would launch for $649, with the standard Pixel likely to run in slightly cheaper. Now, though, it's being suggested that the smaller Pixel will arrive at the $649 price point, with the Pixel XL set to cost even more. 

Android Police cites a 'trusted source' in noting of the Pixel's rumored $649 starting price point. Seemingly, this figure relates to the entry-level variant of the handset with 32 GB of storage or thereabouts. It's just a rumor for now, but if there's any truth in these suppositions, we could be in for a major price hike on the current Nexus handsets. 

The same blog recently inferred that the Pixel XL would hit the market at around $650, which would have meant a sub-$600 price point for the Pixel at the very least. If this latest tip-off carries any weight, though, it could be that Google will instead place the Pixel range into the ballpark of the recognized premium phones of the market. The 32 GB iPhone 7 for example, costs $649, while the Galaxy S7 is at a similar bracket. If what we're hearing now is correct, the days of cheap, Google-branded handsets could be well and truly numbered.

As a refresher, the Nexus 5X was available at launch for $379 with 16 GB of storage and $429 for 32 GB real estate. Where the 5X is weaker than the larger Nexus 6P in most regards, though, the Pixel is expected to carry a similar array of internal hardware as the Pixel XL phablet. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820/821 could power both upcoming Pixel flavors, while we expect each to include at least 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage as a bare minimum. 

Still, if the Pixel is going to cost upward of $649 with a ~5-inch display, the Pixel XL will surely exceed the $700 mark. If the Pixel and Pixel XL are mostly alike internally but for the size differences, then the gulf in price between the two should not be that large. If the Pixel is to start at $649, it's not unreasonable to suggest that the entry-level Pixel XL could hit retail at around $749.

Given that Google's Nexus range has been famed for delivering a pure, powerful Android experience for a price consistently lower than many comparable handsets, it looks like Pixel could depart from outgoing Nexus in more than just the branding. If the Pixel duo lives up to the Galaxies and iPhones of this world in terms of performance and build, then there's no reason why Google should not charge as such. But those accustomed to Nexus prices may feel a little bemused by the Big G's sudden change of tack. 

As noted, these are rumors, so we're treating them as such for now — with a fair dose of salt. Still, if the Pixel's starting price is to be a few hundred bucks more than that of the Nexus 5X, quite a few prospective buyers would be priced out of the market. 

The source of the report does indicate that financing for the Pixel handsets will be available directly from Google, though no specific details have yet emerged in this regard. Both versions will apparently reach the Google Store, though. 

What do you make of this? Let us know in the comments. 


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69 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

DOA...expect less than a thousand sales...google think they are apple and microsoft

7. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

2016 isn't the year for Oems and for upgrades . slight updates, #gates #pricetier #etcetc... 2017 better be a repeat of 2014.. the year that was worth as far as tech advances is concerned

33. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well maybe for iFans, but this year has been a great year for Android devices. HTC 10, OP3, GS7, etc. are all so much better than their predecessors. Now Pixel phones are coming out and if they can sell crap like iPhone 7/+ for 650/750 then Google is allowed to sell these for that price. For that matter, if they one up the Nexus 5x/6P this year, then these will likely be the best phones of 2016.

59. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

If the news is right then RIP Nexus....

64. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Honestly, I dont see why everyone's complaining The OP3 already offers a great successor to the Nexus 5X No point of Google competiting with OP and making a cheaper flagship with compromises I want Google to go all out and compete with the Note7 and iPhone 7 Plus

10. Derekjeter

Posts: 1527; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Dude NEXUS is the only phone that's worth getting right now.

15. Unordinary unregistered

$650 is definitely worth it for what Google offers. Id pay $800 for an unbloated PoS Android device anyday.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm confused. Youre saying you're willing to pay $800 for a PoS Android. So if i take some poop and use a Sharpe to write Android on it, you woukd give me $800. I dont understand, what about Android is so bad. If it's that bad why are you even buying it in the first place anf willing to spend $800.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Dude........just STFU. At this point I don't even think you try to make sense anymore -_-.

31. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Techie and "sense" don't mix together really well.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wise words from a decent man :)............

35. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

He or she is a Samsung nut through and through.

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

But still, saying "Id pay $800 for an unbloated PoS Android device anyday" doesn't say much about him if he'll pay $800 for what he terms a POS.

46. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm confused.......who said what?

48. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

your troll friend Unordinary did. Comment #15

50. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

None of what he said made much sense either.....now I'm really confused......

53. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah me too, I don't know what's inside those troll heads.

49. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Unordinary said what I quoted in post 15. Techie expressed the same thing I did, and you said he didn't make any sense. All I was saying is, when Unordinary said he'd pay $800 for a POS Android, I questioned why anyone would pay $800 for something they think is a POS. Btw, there are little sentences to the right of the posting time that shows what comment they were replying to, it's not that hard to follow.

51. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This entire debate is stupid honestly....... who would pay for a PoS? Why are we questioning any of this? Why couldn't Techie just say that instead of......whatever that is? I don't get forums.........-_-.

61. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't know what you were reading, but the first and last sentences of Techie's post was almost the exact same message as what I wrote. The middle sentences of his post was sarcasm. I'm not saying he's always coherent, but there's no sense beating on him when he actually is. All I'm saying.

54. Unordinary unregistered

Sorry, just got home from work. I don't remember what I was trying to type, but PoS was definitely an auto correct or typo. ID PAY 800 BUCKS FOR AN UNBOLTED ANDROID DEVICE AS GOOD AS GOOGLES NEXUS DEVICES ANY DAY :D !!

60. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What's an unbolted device? Does it mean you have to assemble it yourself? Sorry, couldn't resist when you had a typo trying to explain a typo. ;-)

68. Unordinary unregistered

OMFG lmao. Im off the f**kin wall today with typos. FFS.

69. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It happens.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think so too. If a lot of people shy away from it that just makes it easier for me to buy it on launch day.

27. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Oneplus is the new Nexus not this pixel sh*t, 6gb RAM with just $400

34. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I bought the OnePlus 3 when it launched and then a month later I was back to using my 6P. I'm looking forward to purchasing the Pixel phone.

39. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What caused the switch back. Isn't the OnePlus 3 superior to Nexus 6P?

47. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 3 is a hit or miss for me while I have no problems with the 6P's scanner. I like the display, sound and camera on the 6P better and the 6P seems smoother and I get better battery life. The only thing better on the OnePlus 3 in my opinion is the speed of the device and it's more customizable than the 6P.

42. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

This isn't the Kin we're talking about here. Less than a thousand sales? That's as stupid as the people saying Apple will be gone in a couple years. From what I understand of the Pixel phones, they're supposed to more of a premium device than the Nexus line. If that's the case, why the hell can't they get the same prices as other premium devices, especially if this is the only way to get stock Android with fast updates? Everyone said they wanted Google to release a device similar to the iPhone, now when they do and charge the same price, everyone's up in arms. And for the sake price as a base iPhone, you get a larger screen in what is most likely the same physical footprint. But why not wait for the release to see what's really going on before bashing them with only assumptions and speculation?

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