NEW GOOGLE’S SMARTPHONE SETS TO HIT THE MARKET SOON BUT WITH A PREMIUM PRICE
Google Pixel 2 is set to be released later this year, Google’s Senior Vice President of Hardware, Rick Osterloh, confirmed this while speaking with Android Pit.
“There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it,” Osterloh said. “You can count on a successor this year, even if you don’t hear a date from me now.”
He also reaffirmed the Pixel will remain a premium device with a premium price, which means it likely won’t start at a price that’s lower than the current $650 for the 32GB Pixel (a 128GB version sells for $100 more). In other words, Google’s really done with selling premium phones at affordable prices, like it did for years with the Nexus devices.
As for what to expect from the Pixel 2… that’s still mostly unknown. The only clue we have is this report from January that claims Google’s working on several versions of the second-gen Pixel.
Whatever form the Pixel 2 takes on this year, it’ll have to be more than just high-end specs. Samsung and Apple are both expected to launch flagship phones with curved edge-to-edge screens that’ll make current phones look downright ugly. If Google wants to compete, it’ll need to really bring it with a killer design, too.