Google’s Pixel lineup includes some of the best Android phones you can buy: Here’s how much they all cost, from the Pixel 3a to the Pixel 3 XL

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  • Google was slow to enter the smartphone game, but its superb Pixel phone sets the bar high.
  • The Pixel phones stand among the best Android devices you can buy.
  • Below, we break down the differences between all the Pixel smartphone models that are available to answer the question: How much does the Google Pixel cost?

Given that Google is the company behind Android – which is by far the most popular mobile operating system – it’s no surprise that the company also makes great Android smartphones. However, some of us do wonder why Google didn’t start making its own phones until 2016 when the first Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones finally dropped.

The Pixel was definitely a hit, and Google has continued to update its flagship mobile lineup since 2016. The most recent models are the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which were released in 2018 and are far and away two of the best flagship phones of that year. In May 2019, the budget-friendly Pixel 3a and 3a XL were revealed, and we expect the Pixel 4 will come out sometime in October.

Along with great build quality, the Pixel smartphones remain hugely popular thanks to their slick interfaces, solid hardware, and some of the best cameras you’re going to find on a phone. If you want the purest Android experience possible, the Pixel is the phone for you.

If you’re considering buying a Google Pixel smartphone, then read on: We’ve broken down the differences in features, hardware, and price between the models that are available online right now from various retailers.

Whether you’re a dedicated Android user or you’re an iPhone owner looking to make the switch, you’ll find what you’re looking for below.

Updated on 05/22/2019 by Lucas Coll: Added the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. Updated prices.

Keep scrolling to see how much every Google Pixel phone costs in 2019:


Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL price

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In May of this year, Google announced that it would be releasing an all-new addition to the Pixel lineup: the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. These mid-range devices come in at just over half the retail price of the Pixel 3 smartphones, with the Pixel 3a retailing for $400 and the 3a XL for $480. These new Pixels offer an alternative to the standard Pixel 3 or other flagships for budget-minded people who don’t want to shell out nearly a grand for a phone.

Although cheaper and with somewhat less powerful hardware, the Pixel 3a compares favorably to the Pixel 3 and follows a similar overall design. At first glance, the two phones look very much alike, but instead of the Pixel 3’s all-glass body, the Pixel 3a sports a plastic housing with an Asahi Dragontrail glass screen. The Pixel 3a has a 5.6-inch screen – slightly larger than the Pixel 3’s 5.5-inch screen – but the Pixel 3a XL is a little smaller than its counterpart, with a 6-inch screen instead of the 6.3-inch screen of the Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel 3 XL’s screen also has a more crisp 1440p Quad HD resolution, while the Pixel 3a XL packs a 1080p Full HD screen. The Pixel 3a devices retain the excellent rear cameras of their more expensive siblings, however, which is very nice to see at this price point. Both the Pixel 3a and 3a XL lack the wireless charging capabilities and IP water resistance rating of their more expensive cousins, but they do include 3.5mm wired headphone jacks, something Google (following Apple’s lead) declined to add to the Pixel 3 phones.

Since they’re more readily available than the rapidly disappearing Pixel 2, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL might be a better pick for buyers who are looking for a deal and who don’t want to spend flagship prices to get a Pixel 3. Like the Pixel flagships, the Pixel 3a is also compatible with both GSM and CDMA service providers so you can use it with any carrier that allows you to bring your own phone to its network.

*Note: The Pixel 3a and 3a XL have gone in and out of stock due to high demand.

Google Pixel 3a

Google Pixel 3a XL

*Prices may vary.


Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL price

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The Pixel phone entered its third generation in 2018, and although it’s a bit expensive, the Google Pixel 3 is simply a superb Android smartphone. It’s a fantastic choice for both Android fans and iPhone users who are looking to make the switch.

The Pixel 3 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and it doesn’t have to: What sells this phone is that it packs all the things we loved about the Pixel 2 – including the unrivaled cameras – in a nicely updated and super-polished package.

The Pixel 3’s improvements over Google’s second-generation smartphone were pretty much the same as the Pixel 2’s improvements over the original: It runs on a faster processor, the XL model boasts a slightly larger 6.3-inch screen thanks to greatly slimmed-down bezels, and the water- and dust-resistance were enhanced a bit.

Because they’re premium flagships, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with high price tags. You can expect to pay between $800 and $1,000 depending on size and configuration. There are only two storage options available: 64GB and 128GB. Most people will only need the 64GB version, thanks to Google Photos’ unlimited storage.

Also note that although Verizon is the only carrier that sells it directly, the Pixel 3 is compatible with both GSM and CDMA carriers. This means you can buy one unlocked and take it to any of the other main service providers.

Google Pixel 3

  • Amazon: $749 (originally $799.99) (64GB)
  • Best Buy: $800 (64GB), $900 (128GB)
  • Google: $599* (64GB), $699 (128GB)
  • Verizon: $800 (64GB), $900 (128GB)

Google Pixel 3 XL

  • Amazon: $699 (64GB), $799 (128GB)
  • Best Buy: $900 (64GB), $1,000 (128GB)
  • Google: $899 (64GB), $999 (128GB)
  • Verizon: $930 (64GB), $1,030 (128GB)

*Prices may vary.


Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL price

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After the successful launch of the original Pixel phone, Google introduced its second-generation flagship, the excellent Pixel 2, in October of 2017.

The standard Pixel 2 features the same 5-inch screen as its predecessor, while the Pixel 2 XL sported a beefed-up 6-inch screen (in contrast to the 5.5-inch screen on the first Pixel XL).

A few notable improvements that the Pixel 2 offered over the Pixel include a snappier processor and improved construction details, including Gorilla Glass 5 screens and superior water- and dust-resistance.

Despite being hardly long in the tooth, the Pixel 2 is getting hard to find. Google no longer offers it on their website, and Verizon is the single carrier selling Pixel phones directly. Also, the Pixel 2 XL is the only second-gen model available for purchase.

Nonetheless, if you can find it, the Google Pixel 2 is a fantastic phone, and you can still score one for a good price relative to the more recent – and considerably more expensive – Pixel 3.

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 XL

*Prices may vary.