Apparently, Google is planning on designing a Pixel phone aimed primarily for the mid-range market, exclusively in India. The Economic Times cited an unnamed executive for this report. The report also says that Google might unveil this anytime later this summer or during the months of July, August.
This move would allow stock Android and high-quality phones to reach the mid-range market which is now possible only through either Android One or the Android Go programs. With the current Pixel phones going for more than $500 at present, the affordability that Google’s Nexus devices offered is no more there. With Google making in-house hardware and software the price has significantly gone up. It would be great to see the tech company make a smartphone that’s under $400. This would also allow it to tap into the mid-range market which enjoys the maximum sale in India.
The mid-range Pixel might sport a chipset from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400-600 range, or even better, the 700-series, although that would mean a huge waiting time, close to a release at the end of this year or the start of next. If not the 700, the 630/660 would make a great choice. Plus, it will have the latest Android Operating system, Android 9.0 aka “P” in this case. Google has not talked about or given any details regarding this phone officially, so we will have to wait until the tech behemoth decides to reveal its plans.