Google's Pixel 3 XL is an incredible bargain for a limited time (new and unlocked)0
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Of course, the jumbo-sized "pure Google" veteran is no longer available for a whopping $899 and up, but while we wouldn't go so far as to deem it the best sub-$400 smartphone in 2021, there's definitely a case to be made for a purchase at well under 300 bucks.
We're talking brand-new, unused, unopened, and undamaged units here, sold with unlocked support for all major (and minor) US carriers today only for as little as $214.99. This is not some shady eBay deal either, mind you, coming from Amazon-owned Woot instead, which can hook you up with a 6-month manufacturer warranty, as well as free standard shipping... if you're a Prime member.
While 215 bucks will predictably get you an entry-level 64GB Pixel 3 XL configuration (with no microSD card slot), you need to pay just $40 more to upgrade the internal storage space to a far more generous 128 gigs. Unfortunately, both variants come with a fairly modest 4GB RAM on deck, but for what it's worth, Google has made every (software) effort to prevent that hardware limitation from completely ruining your user experience.
Pixel 3 XL (just like its smaller brother) has a guaranteed Android 12 update on the way in the fall, which is not what we can say about many other budget-friendly handsets today.Speaking of software, it's certainly worth pointing out that the
This should help you more easily look past that ghastly notch, especially when also taking the high-end screen resolution, powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, and surprisingly capable (to this day) single 12MP rear-facing camera into consideration. The Pixel 3 XL is no 2021 flagship killer, but at $214.99 and up, it can definitely trump the vast majority of "modern" mid-rangers in terms of bang for your buck.