Google Pixel 9 Pro XL rumored release date, price speculation, specs and more

Google Pixel 8 Pro held in hand.
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Google Pixel 9 Pro XL: Latest news

Updated July 12
• The Pixel 9 Pro XL appears in a hands-on video a month before its scheduled launch.
• Google could switch to an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for the Pixel 9 phones.
Potential AI features of the Pixel 9 models have surfaced.
• A Made by Google event in Mountain View is planned for August 13

The Google Pixel 9 Pro XL sounds like a familiar phone with an unfamiliar name. After a few years of one standard and one Pro Pixel each year, Google may now move to a dual Pro line-up, with the XL acting as the continuation of previous Pros while the new, non-XL model offers similar specs in a smaller body.

While there are currently no big rumored features differentiating the Pixel 9 Pro XL from the Pixel 9 Pro, we have to assume the larger frame of the XL will make it Google's top model, with the largest display and best battery performance. This would also make it Google's challenger for the upcoming iPhone 16 Pro Max and already available Galaxy S24 Ultra, putting a lot of weight on its shoulders.

We're about to get a good look at Google's next phones — the company has already set a date for its annual hardware event, and it's happening much earlier than usual. Expect the pace of Pixel 9 Pro XL leaks to pick up in the next few weeks — we'll keep a running list of them here.

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL at a glance

  • The Pixel 9 Pro XL should be made official at an August launch event.
  • It should be the largest of the three standard Pixel 9 models at 6.7 inches
  • You'll likely get a choice of four colors — Obsidian, Porcelain, Hazel and Rose
  • The cameras likely won't be changing, but the chip could be a new Tensor G4 model paired with 16GB RAM
  • Expect Android 15 on the inside, and likely lots more AI-powered features

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL: Rumored release date and price

Now that Google has officially sent out invites to an August 13 Made by Google event in Mountain View, it looks likely that's when we'll get a formal introduction to the next flagship Pixel phone. What's really interesting here is that the event has been moved up from its usual October time frame. In addition to seeing the latest Pixel devices, the event will be a showcase for best of Google AI and its Android software.

Knowing that it's a much earlier announcement than previous years, we could see the Pixel 9 Pro XL on sale as early as the end of August, seeing that it's typically released soon after its announcement.

Google Pixel 9 teaser

(Image credit: Google)

Google is already teasing the new phones with a short video posted at its online store. You won't see much in the video, though it does look like a pair of phones — we'd assume the larger is the Pixel 9 Pro XL.

As for the price, Google could put its first Pro XL model at a $999 starting price like the Pixel 8 Pro. But perhaps Google will make it more expensive to give the smaller Pixel 9 Pro breathing room, while still undercutting rivals from Apple and Samsung, which tend to start at $1,200.

For what it's worth, a rumor warning of price hikes for some Pixel 9 models based on the phone's potential cost in Europe suggests the Pixel 9 Pro XL will start at €1,199, or €100 more than the rumored price for the Pixel 9 Pro. That would seem to suggest a price over the $1,000 threshold is likely in the U.S.

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL: Design and display

As you might guess from the XL part of this phone's name, the Pixel 9 Pro XL is expected to be the largest member of the Pixel 9 family. However it won't be any larger than the Pixel 8 Pro, expected to measure 6.7 inches across. The Pixel 9 Pro meanwhile will be a 6.1-inch device according to the rumors, apply the existing range-topping Pixel title to a smaller, but still powerful device. 

This change may seem out of the blue, but this was something that leakers began claiming all the way back in 2022. Plus the fact we're seeing case designs mirror these claims suggests that the accessory makers find this credible too.

And that may not be the end of the upheaval. These dual Pro Pixels could be joined by the phone we thought would be called the Pixel Fold 2, only with the name Pixel 9 Pro Fold.

Alleged Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro leaked images posted by rozetked

(Image credit: Rozetked)

To give yourself a better idea of how this will all work, here are some renders that show the Pixel 9 XL off, as well as some real-life dummy images. The good old Pixel camera bar is still visible in these images, as are the round corners that Google adopted with the Pixel 8 series and Pixel 8a. However, the sides seem to be completely flat like an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, rather than curved as on all previous Pixels. You can also get a glimpse of a phone that could be the Pixel 9 Pro XL in a hands-on video that appeared online.

In a potential design change to the Pixel lineup, all Pixel 9 phones including the XL version are tipped to use ultrasonic fingerprint sensors instead of the optical sensors found in the Pixel 8. Optical sensors can sometimes be finicky about recognizing a fingerprint, whereas ultrasonic sensors are generally more reliable.

Color-wise, the Pixel 9 Pro XL should come in the same black, white, pink and green options that will be offered on the Pixel 9 Pro. However, that leak suggests the two Pros could get slightly different wallpapers, so you don't mistake one for the other if you can't judge their size.

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL: Cameras

There are no fundamental camera changes rumored just yet for the Pixel 9 Pro XL. So we can assume we'll get the same 50MP main, 48MP ultrawide, 48MP 5x telephoto camera and 10.5MP selfie camera that we saw in the Pixel 8 Pro.

Pixel 9 render

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One unusual rumor suggests Google could give the Pixel 9 Pro XL a variable aperture for its main camera (via MySmartPrice). This is a rarely-seen feature on smartphones, which is why we're a little skeptical of it still, but it would be a big deal for photography as it would allow greater control over image brightness.

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL: Performance and specs

Going by Google's naming system up to now, we're expecting a Tensor G4 chip to power the latest Pixel models. This could be noticeably faster than the Pixel 8's Tensor G3 thanks to new Samsung tech, but it's also been tipped to be a small upgrade generally.

One benchmark result that claims to be for the Pixel 9 Pro XL suggests that as well as higher performance, there will be 16GB of RAM on board, up from the Pixel 8 Pro's 12. This could prove an excellent upgrade for the phone's on-device AI features in particular.

Currently, there's no news on the storage or battery size of the Pixel 9 Pro XL. But we'd expect it, by being the largest model, to have the best available capacities of all Pixel 9s.

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL: AI and special features

With Google having gone all-in on AI features in the last year or so, we already expected Google to introduce even more for the Pixel 9 series. And it sounds as if we could specifically see AI abilities like upgraded automated replies, text-to-image converting and greater on-device processing capabilities.

AI count

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There could also be a new Pixel AI assistant (via The Information), which may be a development of the Gemini assistant version we saw at Google I/O 2024. Plus, as a Pixel 8 signature feature, we hope to see further development of Circle to Search for the Pixel 9 series.

Another report tips three new AI features to find their way to the Pixel 9 series. Add Me is reportedly a tool for tweaking group photos, while Studio sounds like it will be used to help you tap into generative for creating things. A Pixel Screenshot tool supposed can search through the content included in screenshots stored on your Pixel.

On the hardware side, we may see the Pixel 9 Pro XL adopt an "Adaptive Touch" feature for its display. This would make it easier for the phone to read your inputs even when there's a screen protector or rain drops in the way. 

The Pixel 9 series should be the first line of phones to launch with Android 15, Google's latest version of the OS. Hopefully it'll be offered with at least seven years of updates like the Pixel 8 series, although if Google wanted to offer an even longer software support window, we wouldn't be mad.

Google Pixel 9 Pro XL: Outlook

There are already plenty of reasons to be interested in the Pixel 9 Pro XL. Even though it could be overshadowed in its family by a new smaller Pro and a refreshed foldable, it could end up the most popular model of the bunch, and Google's best attempt at taking down Apple and Google in 2024/2025.

Pixel 9 Pro renders

(Image credit: OnLeaks / MySmartPrice)

A lot of the excitement for the Pixel 9 Pro XL is likely to come from its AI features, which haven't been heavily tipped yet. But expected iterative upgrades to its chipset and underlying software, plus we hope some more camera and display refinements, should give it an all-important edge too.

For more, have a read of our Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro hubs to get the lowdown on Google's other rumored upcoming phones. Or take a look at our Pixel 9 Pro vs Pixel 8 Pro face-off to see how these rumored upgrades might fare against the current top Pixel.

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Richard Priday
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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.