It’s the event season now! Soon after Apple released iPhone 7 line up, Google’s is planning for another big release this year. It’s the new Nexus device, Pixel. The Pixel d the Pixel XL have been rumored for launch on the 4th of October. The short url mentioned in the video description gets redirected to madeby.google.com. You can subscribe for device updates on that page.
As the Nexus lineup is completed, it’s time to come up with something new. It doesn’t take much to join the dots here — This is phone hardware that is coming in from Google, aka the new Pixel phones that will be launched instead of Nexus phones this year. Google will be hosting the event on 4th October at 9am in San Francisco, and going by all the clues so far, the Pixel will be marketed as the first phones to be heavily influenced by Google.
Pixel devices made an appearance in a Nest advertisement aired in the Netherlands.
The phone that is used in the ad matches the renders of the device and the leaked front assembly. It is not clear which of the two Pixel phones is shown here, but seeing that both the Pixel are essentially the same design in different dimensions, that should not be a surprise.
The Pixel devices, both of them, had a few live images leaked. The phones are showed off side by side, and you can make out the metallic body of the devices along with the half-glass backs.
The last bit of information is related to the crucial, selling points of the device: the price. AndroidPolice mentions the pricing of the smaller, 5″ Pixel could begin at $649. This price is speculated for the 32GB variant of the smallest of the two devices, meaning that higher memory options (if they exist) and the larger 5.5″ Pixel XL will cost upwards of this price. The Google Daydream View headset is speculated to be at $80, but things could change closer to launch.
The source mentions that the Pixel will have financing options available from Google, and they won’t require Fi, although it is unknown for which markets these financing options will be offered. Additional warranty and accidental damage coverage options will also be available for the phones, rumored at $99 for the Pixel and $119 for the Pixel XL. The phones are likely to be sold via the Google Store, and interestingly, Verizon is rumored to be an exclusive retail partner for selling the Pixels in physical stores in the States.
AndroidPolice does give it a lower confidence rating than it did with the renders that they released. So the pricing can change till the official announcement is made by Google.
The Pixel devices are a new territory for Google in more than a few ways. While the pricing is hard to digest, and the design would come off as uninspired, we are still speculating at best at what are parts of a bigger picture. Perhaps there is a grand scheme of things that is only privy to Google right now, or perhaps Google truly does not know what it is doing this year. We will have to wait till the 4th of October to find out.