Forget Pixel 7a — the Pixel 8 is down to an all-time low price of $399 without a trade-in

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We’re always raving about the incredible value of the Pixel 7a, mainly because of its affordable $499 cost. It’s no wonder why it makes our best cheap phones list, but the newer Pixel 8 powered by Google AI is one worth looking at right now thanks to a deal that actually brings its price to less than the Pixel 7a.

Normally, the Pixel 8 fetches for $699 when it’s not on sale — and currently $549 directly through Google. But Mint Mobile’s offer for the Pixel 8 gives the prized phone its all-time lowest price at $399. Best of all, it doesn’t require a trade-in that many other wireless carriers and retailers require. And to sweeten the deal, Mint Mobile’s adding an additional free 6 months of service when you select any one of its 6-month cell phone plans. This is one of the best Pixel 8 deals we've seen yet.

Google Pixel 8: was $699 now $399 @ Mint MobilePrice check: $549 @ Amazon | $549 @ Best Buy

Google Pixel 8: was $699 now $399 @ Mint Mobile
This AI phone is packed with handy features that save you time, like Magic Editor to fix photos and Best Take. Google's Pixel 8 also features an incredible dual camera system that takes excellent photos, while its vanilla Android experience means it'll get updates much faster than most other Android phone.
Price check: $549 @ Amazon | $549 @ Best Buy

Google Pixel 8 Pro: was $999 now $720 @ Mint

Google Pixel 8 Pro: was $999 now $720 @ Mint
The Pixel 8 Pro is also on sale at Mint. It features a 6.7-inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, Tensor G3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. You also get a 50MP main, 48MP ultrawide, and 48MP telephoto (5x zoom) lenses. There's also a 10.5MP front camera. In our Pixel 8 Pro review, we said it's a big leap for AI with a smarter, more human sounding Google Assistant at the helm.

Prices for Mint Mobile’s cell phone plans range from $90 for a 5GB plan for 6 months, all the way to $180 for an unlimited plan. Whichever plan you end up choosing, this Pixel 8 bundle offer will automatically tack on an additional 6-months of service for free. Meaning, the $90 you pay for the 5GB plan is good for 12 months. That comes out to about $7.50 per month just for the service, which is undeniably one of the best cheap cell phone plans you can get.

One of the biggest trends this year centers around artificial intelligence features that power some of the best phones out there. Even though it technically launched last fall, the Pixel 8 remains to be an AI phone to beat with its intuitive set of Google AI-assisted features — such as Magic Editor, Best Take, and Google Assistant’s ability to take phone calls for you with Call Screen.

Outside of its handy set of AI features, the Pixel 8 is a skilled camera phone capable of capturing excellent photos with its dual camera system consisting of a 50MP main wide camera and 12MP ultrawide. Its compact design is a lot more manageable too, while its brighter screen is a significant improvement over its predecessor in the Pixel 7.

The craziest part about this Pixel 8 deal from Mint Mobile is that it still costs less than what you’d pay for the Pixel 7a — and it comes with the service as well. You only have one color to choose from, Obsidian, but a Pixel 8 case can easily spice up its look.

Google Pixel 8: was $699 now $549 @ Amazon

Google Pixel 8: was $699 now $549 @ Amazon
If you'd prefer to buy the phone unlocked, you can grab the Google Pixel 8 with $150 off the normal asking price at Amazon. Enjoy all new AI camera and editing features, the bright Actua display and a whopping 7 years of official support. In addition, the Pixel 8 Pro is on sale for $799 at Amazon ($200 off.)

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John’s a senior editor covering phones for Tom’s Guide. He’s no stranger in this area having covered mobile phones and gadgets since 2008 when he started his career. On top of his editor duties, he’s a seasoned videographer being in front and behind the camera producing YouTube videos. Previously, he held editor roles with PhoneArena, Android Authority, Digital Trends, and SPY. Outside of tech, he enjoys producing mini documentaries and fun social clips for small businesses, enjoying the beach life at the Jersey Shore, and recently becoming a first time homeowner.

  • dosmastrify
    admin said:
    Mint Mobile has the Google Pixel 8 down to its all-time lowest price without the need for a trade in. At $399 for the phone itself, it's cheaper than the Pixel 7a.

    Forget Pixel 7a — the Pixel 8 is down to an all-time low price of $399 without a trade-in : Read more
    Have to sign up for mint though. It's 399 but strings attached

    A bigger story IMHO is the buyback prices Google was offering have doubled since October.
    They offered 150 for s21plus in Oct, 330 a couple weeks ago
  • crx5
    Is the phone locked? If yes, would that be unlocked after 12mo service or if I terminate that?