Looks like a good news for gadget freaks as the official unveiling of Google’s next Android smartphones dubbed as the Pixel and Pixel XL is just around the corner.
If rumor mill is to be believed, the purported Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones (formerly known as Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin respectively), are likely to hit the store shelves soon, in fact reports claim that there is less than a month left before the rumored devices make their much awaited appearance.
However, before the supposed launch, new details regarding Google’s next-gen flagship smartphone have leaked. According to a new report, the HTC-built Google Pixel XL will be priced at $649, although it’s not clear if that price is for the 128 GB or 32 GB storage configuration.
David Ruddock, managing editor of Android Police, spilled a few tidbits about the phones on his Twitter account, saying that Google is about to “go big or go home” with the new phones. Ruddock said that Google could “do with Pixel what they have so long hesitated to: take the gloves off and compete with Android partners,” which means that the new phones will likely give even the highly sought-after Samsung Galaxy phones a run for their money. He also says there will not be a 64GB variant this year.
Ruddock added that Google intends to partner with Verizon to sell the Pixel phones, which is a huge step as they will have retail presence at a carrier store. The Pixel phones are said to have exclusive Google support, exclusive software features, and exclusive financing options. Furthermore, the Pixels will be the first U.S. devices with Snapdragon 821 central processing units (CPUs). “No one else is using it,” said Ruddock.
If we look at Google’s current pricing structure for the Nexus 6P, which the Pixel XL is expected to replace, the 32 GB variant sold for $499, while the 64 GB model was priced at $549 and the 128 GB storage option carried a $649 price tag. Ruddock did not say anything about pricing for the Pixel phone, but chances are it will be cheaper than the XL
The Google Pixel XL is expected to boast a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 4 GB of RAM. The handset is believed to pack in a 13 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front-facing snapper.
What are your thoughts about the pricing? Are ou willing to pay the extra bucks if the Pixel phones are brought in direct competition with other flagships?