Google has finally revealed the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G today, following months of leaks and rumors. Both phones are available for pre-order starting today, and while the pricing is the same no matter where you get them from, some stores offer bonuses and trade-in promotions that sweeten the deal.
Here are all the different places you can get Google's new phones from, with all the information you need to get the best deal.
Google's own online store is selling the Pixel 5 for $699, and the Pixel 4a 5G for $499, but only the Pixel 5 is available for pre-order right now. Both phones will be available from the Google Store in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Pixel 5 is offered in both Just Black and Sorta Sage, and the phone comes with three months of YouTube Premium, Google One (essentially 100GB cloud storage), and Stadia Pro. Google is also throwing in 150 Play Points, which can be used in some apps and games to redeem items.
You can also trade in an old phone after your Pixel 5 arrives to save some money. Below are the estimated trade-in values from Google's site, with each phone in working condition and no screen cracks. The range in value depends on the storage capacity and carrier, and Google also seems to be tweaking the prices based on unknown variables (perhaps region and/or account status). You'll get far more money selling your phone than trading it into Google, but Google's option does take less effort on your part.
- Apple iPhone XS Max: $256-288
- iPhone XS: $196-240
- iPhone XR: $180-192
- iPhone X: $170.40-182.40
- Samsung Galaxy S10+: $200-240
- Samsung Galaxy S10+: $88-188
- Samsung Galaxy S10: $176-188
- Samsung Galaxy S9+: $120
- Samsung Galaxy S9: $100
- Samsung Galaxy Note10+: $280-300
- Samsung Galaxy Note10: $240
- LG V50 ThinQ: $92
- LG G8 ThinQ: $64
- Google Pixel 4: $232-248
- Google Pixel 4 XL: $268-292
- Google Pixel 3a: $104
- Google Pixel 3a XL: $128
Finally, Google gives you the option of buying Preferred Care for $149 at checkout, which covers repairs from most accidental damage for a minimum of two years. More information about Preferred Care can be found here.
Amazon has listed the Pixel 5 for pre-order at the standard price of $699, with an estimated shipping date of October 29th (as of the time of writing). As with most other retailer listings, there's no mention of the three-month subscriptions for YouTube Premium, Google One, and other services. If those are important to you, you should buy from the Google Store.
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Do you only buy phones from stores that start with "best" and end with "buy"? Well, you're in luck, because Best Buy is selling the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G in both carrier-unlocked or Verizon-locked options. Pre-orders aren't live for the 4a 5G yet, but you can sign up to be notified when the phone becomes available. Just like with Amazon, there's no mention of the included subscriptions you'd get from the Google Store.
Verizon only appears to be selling the Pixel 5, for the standard price of $699.99 (or $29.16/mo for two years). If previous Pixel phones are any indication, the model sold by Verizon likely has a locked bootloader, so don't buy if you plan on rooting or modding.
The carrier's store doesn't mention any of the benefits you'd get from buying the Pixel from the Google Store, like free months of YouTube Premium and Stadia Pro, so if you want those, you should buy the Pixel from the Google Store and pick the Verizon model. However, the carrier does have a trade-in program that can take up to $550 off the price, if you have an eligible phone.
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AT&T announced today that it will sell the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, but pricing and availability information is not available yet. Whenever they do show up for sale, both phones will work on AT&T's 5G network.
T-Mobile is going a different route than most other stores and carriers — it will sell the Pixel 4a 5G, but not the Pixel 5. The carrier's website says, "while we don't have plans to carry the Google Pixel 5, we're working with Google to make sure it works great on our network." Unfortunately, just like AT&T, T-Mobile isn't taking pre-orders at this time.
Google's own prepaid carrier will sell the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, but just like with the Google Store, only the Pixel 5 is actually available to pre-order right now. The same Google Store benefits are also available when you buy the phones through Fi, including three months of YouTube Premium, Google One (essentially 100GB cloud storage), and Stadia Pro.
Google Fi gives you the option of sending in your old phone to get a discount on the Pixels. The values are similar to what you would get from the Google Store's trade-in program, so if you want to get anything close to market price for your old device, you're better off selling it yourself.
If you want another place to buy the Pixel 5 carrier-unlocked, B&H Photo is now taking pre-orders for the phone. However, the product description is currently blank, so it's not clear if B&H is offering the same included memberships as you'd get from Google Fi or the Google Store.
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US Cellular will sell the Pixel 5 for $23.30/mo for 30 months, and the Pixel 4a 5G for $16.63/mo for the same period. Pre-orders begin October 8th for the Pixel 5, and October 29th for the Pixel 4a 5G.
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