Earlier today Google announced the hotly anticipated (and leaked) Pixel 4 series.
In a move that surprised almost everyone, both the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are cheaper than what the previous generation was at launch.
That being said, not everyone is going to want to buy one outright, and you don’t have to.
Here is every Pixel 4 and 4 XL plan you can get in Australia from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.
We've been waiting for months for this day. After wading through every possible leak imaginable the time has finally come. The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL have been announced for real. And as an added bonus, they're both cheaper than last year's counterparts. Here's everything Aussies need to know about the new range.Read more
But a bit about the new phones first.
The 4 starts at $1,049, with the XL starting at $1,279. For comparison, last year the 3 started at $1,199 and the 3 XL started at $1,349.
Google is placing a huge emphasis on the upgraded camera this year. While the main lens is still 12MP, the telephoto lens has been bumped up to 16MP.
On the front you’ll find 8MP again, but there is a wider range of field.
Night Sight, which was introduced in the Pixel 3, now includes astrophotography that is apparently capable of capturing the stars and even the Milky Way.
HDR+ has also gotten an upgrade with Live HDR+ which lets you mess with the likes of highlights and shadows in the view finder – so you can see how you picture is going to turn out even before you take it.
Under the hood you’ll find a new Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. Google sure does love that 128GB ceiling. Hopefully it will raise the roof to at least 256GB next year.
Here’s the rest of the main specs:
|Pixel 4||Pixel 4 XL|
|Operating System||Android 10||Android 10|
|Display||5.7-inch 1080p+ with 90Hz refresh rate||6.3-inch 1440p+ with 90Hz refresh rate|
|Body||68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm, 162 grams||75.1 x 160.4 x 8.2 mm, 193 grams|
|Camera||Rear: 12.2MP Æ’/1.7 main and 16MP Æ’/2.4 aperture telephoto with 4K video resolution. Front: 8MP with 1080p video resolution||Rear: 12.2MP Æ’/1.7 main and 16MP Æ’/2.4 aperture telephoto with 4K video resolution. Front: 8MP with 1080p video resolution|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855||Snapdragon 855|
|Memory/Storage||6GB RAM/64GB or 128GB storage||6GB RAM/64GB or 128GB storage|
|Battery||2,800mAH with 18W fast charging, wireless charging||3,700mAH with 18W fast charging, wireless charging|
|Colours||Clearly White, Just Black, Oh So Orange||Clearly White, Just Black, Oh So Orange|
|Price||$1,049 for 64GB, $1,199 for 128GB||$1,279 for 64GB, $1,429 for 128GB|
And now onto the plans, which are all available for pre-order today.
The cheapest Pixel 4 plan with Telstra is $79.13 for 15GB data on a 36 month plan. This is for the 64GB model.
Of course, this isn’t a lot of data and it’s a long time to be locked into a contract.
If you don’t mind the contract length, we’d recommend upgrading to the 60GB a month plan for $89.13 a month.
Or if you’d prefer a 24-month plan we would be looking at the $103.70 a month plan that comes with 60GB data.
The same goes for the Pixel 4 XL (64GB model), our pick is the 24-month 60GB plan, which will set you back $113.29.
Of course, if you’d prefer 128GB storage on your device it’s going to cost extra.
If you grab your Pixel through Telstra before January 13, you’ll get a bonus Google Nest Hub.
Telstra Pixel 4 64GB Plans (24 months)
Telstra Pixel 4 128GB Plans (24 months)
Telstra Pixel 4 XL 64GB Plans (24 months)
Telstra Pixel 4 XL 128GB Plans (24 months)
Telstra Pixel 4 64GB Plans (36 months)
Telstra Pixel 4 128GB Plans (36 months)
Telstra Pixel 4 XL 64GB Plans (36 months)
Telstra Pixel 4 XL 128GB Plans (36 months)
The cheapest Optus plan is the 64GB Pixel 4 which is $70 a month for 4GB data on a 36-month plan.
We definitely don’t recommend this.
Instead, consider the $93 a month 60GB plan, which only runs for 24-months.
Again, it will cost more to go for a 128GB Pixel 4 or any of the 4 XL models.
If you go with Optus before December 31, you’ll get a bonus Harman Kardon Citation One Speaker with Google Assistant.
Optus Pixel 4 64GB Plans (24 months)
Optus Pixel 4 128GB Plans (24 months)
Optus Pixel 4 XL 64GB Plans (24 months)
Optus Pixel 4 XL 128GB Plans (24 months)
Optus Pixel 4 64GB Plans (36 months)
Optus Pixel 4 128GB Plans (36 months)
Optus Pixel 4 XL 64GB Plans (36 months)
Optus Pixel 4 XL 128GB Plans (36 months)
The cheapest Pixel 4 you can get with Vodafone comes in at $64.13 a month for 5GB data on a 36-month contract. This is for the 65GB model.
For best value on a shorter contract we would recommend the $88.70 a month plan which comes with 30GB data on a 24-month contract. If you want to bump this up to an 128GB model it will set you back $94.95 a month.
We would also recommend the 30GB plan for the Google Pixel 4 XL (64GB model) which comes in at $98.29 on a 24-month contract.
All Vodafone prices may be slightly lower if you qualify for a loyalty discount.