Google's Pixel, Pixel XL don't come cheap

Third-party retailers are selling the phones at a premium.
Third-party retailers are selling the phones at a premium.PHOTO: GOOGLE

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are probably at the top of any techie's wish list this Christmas.

However, be prepared to fork out a pretty penny for a unit. As the phones are not officially available in Singapore, third-party retailers have been selling the phones at a premium.

While in the US, the cheapest configuration goes for US$649 ($902), prices on Lazada start from $1,149. For that price, users will get the 32GB Pixel.

All Pixel phones come with stock Android 7.1, as well as Google Assistant built-in. The also all run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, and have 4GB of RAM.


Both the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have the same 12.3-megapixel camera, which has been widely reviewed as one of the best cameras on the market right now.

The two models differ primarily in screen size and battery. While the Pixel has a 5-inch full HD display (441 ppi), the Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch quad HD screen (534 ppi).

The Pixel also comes with a smaller battery, at 2,770 mAh for 23 hours of talk time, while the Pixel XL comes with a battery of 3,450 mAh for 32 hours of talk time.

Lisabel Ting


PROCESSOR: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz, 64-bit Quad-Core)


CAMERA: 12.3-megapixel, f/2.0 with phase detection autofocus and laser detection autofocus (rear); 8-megapixel (front)

MEMORY: 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 128GB of storage


PRICE: From US$649 (S$918)

DISPLAY: 5-inch full HD

BATTERY: 2,770 mAh


PRICE: From US$769 (S$1,088)

DISPLAY: 5.5-inch quad HD

BATTERY: 3,450 mAh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2016, with the headline 'Google's Pixel, Pixel XL don't come cheap'. Print Edition | Subscribe