Google Pixel 9: Estimated specs, rumored price & more

Anurag Singh
Pixel 8 Pro

Confused if you should wait for the Pixel 9 or get the Pixel 8? Here’s what you need to know to make a decision.

Google’s Pixel 8 brought more upgrades than any other Google phone in recent years. Both the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro feature a new Tensor G3 chip, a brighter display, and a new design. Google has also promised seven years of major Android updates.

The standard Pixel 8 offers more value for the money. It costs much less than its Pro sibling yet offers almost the same features. The smartphone also gets a reliable camera setup and an IP68 rating. However, Google might take things to a new level with the Pixel 9 series.

The new Pixels are likely to launch earlier than last year, and this time we might not just see two phones. Google may also announce a new Pixel 9 Pro XL and Pixel 9 Pro Fold. This guide only covers the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro.

Release window estimate

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Google might unveil the Pixel 9 and 9 Pro on August 13 during the Made by Google event. The company hasn’t specifically mentioned the Pixel 9 launch, but the invite for the Made by Google event reads: “You’re invited to an in-person Made by Google event where we’ll showcase the best of Google AI, Android software, and the Pixel portfolio of devices.”

The search giant has always launched the Pixels in October, but it seems to be hurrying things a bit this year.

Price speculation

Google maintained consistent pricing for Pixel phones until the Pixel 8 series. In a departure from the trend since 2021, the company raised the prices of its phones in the United States for the first time.

Before, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 were priced at $599, while the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 7 Pro came in at $899. However, the Google Pixel 8 now costs $699 for the 128GB storage trim, and the Pixel 8 Pro’s 128GB variant is priced at $999.

Google could stick with these prices for the upcoming Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro; however, there aren’t any concrete leaks that provide a clearer idea about their pricing.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

Design and display

Although it may not be apparent at first sight, the Pixel 8 brings a revised design. It’s still looking much like last year’s models but with rounder corners, matte-textured metal side rails, and glossy back glass. This may change with the Pixel 9, though.

According to a Rozetked report, Google will make significant changes to the Pixel 9 and 9 Pro’s design. The visor-like camera bar, which has become an identity of the modern Pixels, will be gone. It might be replaced with a rounded look that mirrors the camera cutout’s pill-shaped design.

The smartphones could get flat edges all around just like the iPhones. The Pixel 9 series could retain the OLED panels, which Google calls Super Actua display. However, Google could make changes in their screen sizes.

The Pixel 9 and 9 Pro could be identical in size, but the vanilla Pixel 9, with a 6.24-inch screen, has larger bezels than the 6.34-inch Pro. Both phones are expected to have a 120Hz refresh rate.

Expected camera setup

Cameras are a big deal on Pixel smartphones, and it looks like the upcoming Pixel 9 phones are set to bring some serious improvements. Rozetked claims the Pixel 9 will retain the dual camera setup, featuring a main camera and an ultrawide lens. However, the Pixel 9 Pro will get three cameras, each with a 50MP sensor and offering 0.5x, 1x, and 5x zoom.

Pixel 8

Rumored specs

The Pixel 9 series is set to introduce some clear hardware upgrades. Firstly, the chipset is getting a boost. Rumors indicate that the new smartphones will run on the Tensor G4, codenamed “redondo.” The chipset is said to be built on a 4nm process.

This might suggest the upcoming Pixels will be more powerful and efficient, but we won’t be expecting any earth-shattering changes. Alongside a better chipset, the Pixel 9 series might also pack more RAM and onboard storage.

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Unsurprisingly, the Pixel 9 phones might also get an AI boost. The Information reports Google is developing a new AI assistant called “Pixie” that will be exclusive to Pixel devices. Pixie is expected to be powered by Google’s latest AI model, Gemini.

The report suggests that Pixie will debut initially on the Pixel 9, with Google aiming to eventually extend its features to lower-end phones and devices like its watch. The smartphones are likely to run Android 15 out of the box.

Pixel 9 might have solid upgrades in store

The Pixel 8 series shows that Google is a serious player in the smartphone game, and we anticipate the Pixel 9 will only improve the search giant’s standing. Although most details about the upcoming phones are still unknown, leaks and rumors are expected to surface soon, shedding light on their specifications.