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Pixel XL price tipped, could be Google’s most expensive phone yet

by Jacob Kleinman | September 12, 2016September 12, 2016 6:30 am EST

Google is expected to launch its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones early next month. We still don’t know how much the devices will cost, but a recent leak suggests this could be the company’s most expensive mobile lineup so far.

Over the weekend, a single price for the higher-end Pixel XL was tipped by Android Police managing editor David Ruddock. The device will apparently be available for $649, but it’s unclear how much storage that will get you. The Android phone will allegedly only come in two storage options (32GB or 128GB), and it may also pack a pricey Snapdragon 821 processor.

If Google charges $649 for the 128GB Pixel XL, that would bring it in line with last year’s Nexus 6P, which started at $499 but maxed out at $649 for the same amount of storage. However, the company could potentially charge $649 for the cheaper 32GB option and still be competitive with flagship devices from companies like Samsung and Apple.

Ruddock also notes that Google could offer the Pixel XL and cheaper Pixel with device financing. That would be a first for the company (aside from some offers through Project Fi). In the past, it’s sold new Nexus devices at extremely competitive prices and charged the full amount upfront. This year, it apparently plans to challenge other smartphones directly and may even partner with Verizon to get a presence in stores.

Google is expected to unveil the Pixel and Pixel XL and an event on October 4 with pre-orders opening later that day. We’re a little less than a month from an official look at the device, but stay tuned as the leaks continue to roll in over the next few weeks.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...