Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL price and release date: our expectations

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL price and release date: our expectations
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are two of the most hotly-anticipated phones of 2018. Ever since Google put the Nexus brand out to pasture, the Pixel name has become the next 'dear' of pure Android aficionados, but what's more, it's become... mainstream. Nexus devices were primarily enjoyed and bought by tech-savvy folks, while Pixel phones, with their colorful designs and amazing cameras, have managed to capture the fancy of the average smartphone user, all the while retaining the best trait of the Nexus family — an absolutely pure Android experience with quick and regular updates.

So, it's not hard to see why people are getting excited over the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but the question on everyone's mind are, when are the new Pixels coming out and how much are they going to cost? We can't say that these questions can be answered with 100 percent certainty at this point, but looking back at the launches of the first two generations of Pixel phones, we can make an educated guess.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL release date

The original Pixel phones were announced on October 4, 2016, at the Made By Google event, and launched later in the same month – 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 next year, and launched later that same month – October 19 this time around, which again was the second-to-last Thursday of the month. So, going from there, it would be relatively safe to assume that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will again be announced on October 4, and launch on the second-to-last Thursday of the month, which this year is October 18.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Price

Google has maintained similar pricing between the first and second generations of Pixel phones, so we are expecting the third generation models to carry a similar price tag to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. The Pixel 2 starts at $649 for the 64GB version, while the Pixel 2 XL starts at $849. Having said this, however, and taking into account the recent price hikes in the top-end smartphone market, we wouldn't be surprised if the third-gen of Pixel phones was slightly more expensive than their predecessors. We're not talking Samsung Galaxy or iPhone-style of pricing here (i.e. breaking the $1000 barrier with a base model), but the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL may still be priced a bit higher than the second generation.

The original Pixel XL started at $770 for the base, 32GB version, while the Pixel 2 XL bumped both values to $849 and 64GB, respectively. The Pixel 3 XL is likely to come in versions with 64GB and 128GB of onboard storage, but due to some hardware changes, such as the alleged dual-front-facing cameras, it may still fetch a higher price tag. We can't say if it would cost $50 or $100 more, but we are expecting the XL model to be more expensive than last year's. Maybe even the regular Pixel 3.

So, are you excited for the next generation of Pixel phones? Would you buy one if it ends up being $100 more than last year's models? Tell us in the comments below!


Related phones

Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh
Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh



1. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

That notch hurts my eyes... I really hope that's not the real design because I'm considering switching to the pixel, and finally leaving Samsung.


Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

It will have the notch on both of them.

39. tuminatr

Posts: 1143; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I read somewhere that you will be able to turn off the notch, guess we will see

5. Abdbaas

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

I'm in the exact same situation. The reason why I got every galaxy phone since the s6 is that the pixel phones are really not appealing design wise. And it's a shame. Bring a very nice design Google and I'll jump on the wagon

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Good, don't buy them then.

14. DasGebuesch

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

I bet they gonna have this feature with the blackbar too.

16. Badmonkey

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

Amazing how stupid the US consumer has become??? Complains about phone designs right after 98% of them are covered up with a case. Where is natural selection when you need it?

34. kiko007

Posts: 7505; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Good luck covering the front of your phone with a case. Maybe you are another prospect for natural selection... ever thought of that?

25. Taletotell

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

The black bar hides most of it and the pixel 1's features have been very impressive. I'm sure you could get over it if the phone is amazing enough.

26. BNSFguy

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

Make the switch. You will not regret it. I had plenty of Samsungs, including the S8, but sold it because I couldn't stand the "bloatware" and their assistant "Bixby" (button). When I got the Pixel 2XL, I was blown away at how much faster and smoother Android ran. I loved not having all those damm Samsung apps. The battery life on the Pixel compared to the Samsung's was night and day. I will never buy any other phone unless it's pure Android. Try the Google phone. You'll be amazed compared to Samsung.

30. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You're so full of s**t. Just by reading your comment I highly doubt you had a Samsung at all. I also had the S8, currently using S9+, and all those Samsung apps could be completely UNINSTALLED...If I used every drop of juicy the battery had, I was easily able to pull a full 24 hours off a single charge. After using Bixby, it's been more useful than google assistant. Pixel is a good device put you people who swear by pure android can be quite ridiculous and talk out of your asses.

42. TMach unregistered

For the record, you cannot uninstall Samsung apps only disable them, believe me I tried...from a S9+ user!

35. mickrussom

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

i have a pixel 2, iphone x and nexus 5x. the notch isnt a big deal and android p will have ways to black out the rest of the notch if you hate it. i enjoy the nexus 5x more than the iphone x, ive had disappearing photos issues and even with all the google apps installed android 8.1 creams ios in every way. the pixel 2 is a dream phone. and google's photo storage (high res for free on pixel) is a dream. apple has fallen way behind.

41. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 113; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

After a Samsung I chose the p20 pro with a notch. I hoped I would get used to it and I did in a blink of an eye. You can hide it more or less but after awhile I didn't even bother with that. So don't worry too much about the notch however the apps seems a little confused about that especially messenger always jumps the screen I guess because of the ui needs to align . Anyway after a Samsung the Huawei is so freekin' fast. I usually like Sammy's phones but the way touchwiz got lagging is killing me.

2. Lukino

Posts: 31; Member since: May 04, 2018

Higher and Higher prices, but it's business. It's our fault (customers), we are willing to pay so much for phones.

38. tuminatr

Posts: 1143; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

its because we can make the payments and do not want a contract. But in all honesty the device payments are basically the same thing as a contract

6. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Majority of users. Don't care about a notch or not. But only. One camera no Google no. Don't care about xl version though.

43. TMach unregistered

So you have dual cameras but they take poorer pictures than a phone with a single camera...the P2XL still takes some of the best pics around and is generally considered to have the best camera.

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Another day, another article spawning a comment section filled with crying notch-haters.

11. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

Yes, probably from people who never try to use a phone with a notch for a week. Haters just for the pleasure to be a hater.

20. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Would you buy a TV with a cut out at the top? How about a car with a windshield that's cut out at the top? To each his own her own, don't put people down because we want a full screen

33. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The problem with notch whiners, as shown in your comment, is the ignorance to know that the notch doesn’t cut down into the screen, it goes up into the bezel.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I'm excited to see what the new pixels will bring to the table. Hope Google has some surprises in store for us!

9. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

You guys are really making the notch feels like it is the end of the world, probably this wild voices are coming from people who actually don't have one phone with it. It is NOT that bad. I have the Oneplus 6 and I like it a lot! Most of the time you don't even realize that it is there and there's some guilty pleasure while scrolling thru the settings and pages.

10. LFCRodrigues

Posts: 63; Member since: May 09, 2014

By the way, I am selling my S8+ because I love my OnePlus 6 (and there's a little crack on my S8+ screen) and I never was bothered by the notch. I kind have this guilty pleasure, so move on guys. Buy one and give it a try, don't be a hater without even try using it for al week

12. torr310

Posts: 1675; Member since: Oct 27, 2011


15. Pharmcarl

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

No. I love the original Pixel XL. 2 years old and just got a new battery. Good for another 2 years.

18. wabajak13

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

You're right. Cancel the Pixel 3 Google! He just got a new battery, we don't need a new phone anymore!

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yeah see the pixel cosmetic looks and price kill it for me as a former Nexus user for years. They got too umm, metro looking I guess. Hiring HTC engineers I think ruined it but that's just my opinion.

19. wabajak13

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

If they just remade the 6P with more screen to body ratio, new internals and actually quality tested batteries.....gosh that was a sexy phone

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