How Much Should the Upcoming Affordable Pixel Cost? [Poll]
Considering the base models for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cost $649.99 and $849.99, respectively, it is no secret that Google is competing with the upper spectrum of devices in terms of pricing. While some readers would conclude that Apple’s iPhone lineup is nothing more than expensive garbage, it should be noted that the iPhone 8 Plus is actually cheaper than the Pixel 2 XL for the base storage model (the iPhone 8, however, is more expensive than the Pixel 2 for the same storage).
We can all agree that Google is not going to be dialing the price for the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, but what it can do is release another model that will cater to different markets as well as customers who have need for a device that costs less, gets the same stock Android treatment while giving them fewer compromises to complain about. That is the affordable Pixel smartphone that has been making the waves.
Just yesterday, it was reported that Google is working on a mobile device that is going to be powered by the Snapdragon 710. Qualcomm officially announced the 10nm SoC a while back and though it is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 845, the performance and efficiency it brings trumps the Snapdragon 660 quite comprehensively, becoming a suitable silicon for the upcoming Pixel.
To put into perspective, let us take a look at the pricing differences of devices powered by the Snapdragon 845 and Snapdragon 710. Take a look at Xiaomi, who recently the announced its Mi 8 series. Obviously, Xiaomi has a much different business model when it comes to pricing than Google’s but to give you a small idea, the base models of the Mi 8 (running a Snapdragon 845) and Mi 8 SE (running a Snapdragon 710) cost $421, and $281, respectively. That is a difference of $140.
For example, if the Pixel 3’s base model costs $650 and if you subtract $140 from the total, you’ll get a price of $510. Knowing Google’s pricing strategy, the tech giant could aim to launch the affordable Pixel for $500, but that would not make it an affordable prospect for customers in emerging markets due to currency conversions, duty charges, and other additional costs.
However, we believe a price of $400-$450 would be just right for the Pixel. Once again, this is not the confirmed price of the smartphone but we are giving you a brief idea of what we believe is a suitable price. Keep in mind that our previous report mentioned that this particular variant is expected to get launched in various different markets so that Google will be able to increase its presence just like Apple has worldwide.
Besides, you will be getting the same timely software and security updates from a device that costs less, features less bloatware and commands only slightly less horsepower in comparison to a device that is fueled by a Snapdragon 845. What do you think the price of the cheaper Pixel is going to be? Tell us in the poll.