Pixel 9 release date: what to expect

As rumors about the Pixel 9 surface regularly, we have received questions about the release date. If you’re interested in Google’s Pixel 9, let us help you set expectations regarding its release date.

In recent months, we’ve been hearing about Google’s plans for the Pixel series in 2024. The company is expected to announce a new Pixel 8a at Google I/O in mid-May and will also debut new Pixel 9 flagships later this year.

Pixel 9 rumors have outlined numerous changes, but the biggest change could be the addition of a third model, currently called the Pixel 9 Pro XL.

It will reportedly have a large 6.7-inch screen, making it a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max. It’s an intriguing change, and one that Android users looking for a new smartphone might want to wait for.

We haven’t heard anything definitive about the Pixel 9 release date yet, but Google is predictable and we know when the announcement should happen.

Assuming Google doesn’t change its standard launch protocol, the Pixel 9 won’t arrive anytime soon.

Using previous Pixel launches as a guide, we can determine a possible announcement date and release date for the Pixel 9 series. There is a clear pattern.

Pixel 9 announcement

This is when Google launched its last two Pixel flagship smartphones:

  • Pixel 8 and 8 Pro: October 4
  • Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: October 6

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, the company’s 2021 flagships, were confirmed on October 19 during Google’s Pixel Fall Event.

So unless Google deviates, we should see a Pixel 9 announcement land in October, a few weeks after Apple announces its new iPhone 16 series.

Pixel 9 release date

If Google announces the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, and Pixel 9 Pro XL in early October as we expect, consumers can expect the devices to hit shelves a few days after the announcement.

Google released the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro on October 12 after a pre-order period. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were released on October 13.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were also released about a week after confirmation.

We’ll let you know if we hear anything different, but as of now, customers can expect the Pixel 9 series to launch sometime in mid-October. Plan accordingly.