The $522 refurbished Pixel 3 XL on Amazon is a stellar option if you want a top smartphone without paying top dollar

Clancy MorganGoogle Pixel 3 XL.

You can snag a refurbished version of Google’s latest $US900 Pixel 3 XL smartphone that was released just less than six months ago for $US522, $US378 less than the asking price for a brand-new device.

About the condition of the refurbished Pixel 3 XL, Amazon says:

This Certified Refurbished product has been tested and certified to work and look like new, with minimal to no signs of wear, by a specialised third-party seller approved by Amazon. The product is backed by a minimum 90-day warranty and may arrive in a generic brown or white box. Accessories may be generic and not directly from the manufacturer.

The refurbished Pixel 3 XL is sold under Amazon’s “Renewed” program that allows shoppers can find “pre-owned and refurbished products that are inspected and tested to work and look like new.”

I don’t have experience with Amazon’s Renewed program, so I can’t vouch for the quality and condition of the refurbished Pixel 3 XL. For what it’s worth, the seller of the refurbished Pixel 3 XL, called “itreplay,” specialises in used and refurbished devices and has a 95% rating.

The 64 GB version of the refurbished Pixel 3 XL is going for $US522, and there’s a 128 GB refurbished model going for $US600. At the time of writing, there was only one refurbished 128 GB Pixel 3 XL in stock, according to Amazon’s product page.

The Pixel 3 XL is a fantastic smartphone that comes with the best camera on any smartphone. It runs on 2018’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which is still a great performer, especially when paired with Google’s clean and simple version of Android. Most Android phone makers usually tweak Android with different aesthetics and features to differentiate themselves, but Google’s clean version of Android is among the best.

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