It seems like the happy days of getting a competitively-priced Pixel smartphone will soon be a thing of the past. Google will launch the Pixel 8 series phones in October, but they might come with a bad sticker price surprise.
Now, what we are about to discuss is the pricing structure for European markets, and they may – or may not – be on par with the asking price of the Pixel 8 duo in the U.S. It would depend on how aggressively Google wants to protect its frugal market share at home with attractive pricing, and how eager it is to expand its overseas hawking stalls.
Oh, and we now have official renders of the
Disclaimers aside, Dealabs Magazine claims to have got its hands on the EU-wide pricing of the Google Pixel 8 and its Pro variant. It says the
Even if one goes with the currency parity formula, a $799 asking price for the
Frequent price cuts and deals made it an almost irresistible
Dealabs Magazine claims that the Pixel 8’s 256GB storage variant will go for 856 euros (roughly $915 based on existing conversion rates.) Even if Google hits the currency parity for this one, $850 for the
“It’s a great smartphone, and although not a huge upgrade over the Pixel 6, the price makes it highly desirable, considering the camera’s ability and the quality software installed,” says our review of the Pixel 7. It seems Google is willing to squander all the goodwill it amassed in the past couple of years. The Pixel 7 Pro wasn’t lauded as generously, but it’s still a bargain compared to Apple and Samsung flagships.
Talking about the Pro models, it looks like Google is finally entering the same luxe domain as Apple and Samsung. The leak claims a dreadful 1,099 euros (approximately $1,180) premium for the
Google will reportedly charge 1,299 euros (close to $1,390) for the top-tier 512GB model. Even without the currency conversion hit, asking $1,300 for the phone in the U.S. would be hard to swallow. For that premium, the general public gravitates towards the “Pro” iPhones or the “Ultra” Androids by Samsung with all their snazzy camera, stylus, and charging tricks in tow.
So far, the biggest upgrades we have heard about the
But at the end of the day, it’s all leaked information, so process it as such. Given Google’s sketchy track record with guarding the secrets of unreleased hardware – and the propensity to self-leak its own phones – we will certainly come across more meaty information ahead of the launch event that might also witness the public release of
Google raising the price of the
It’s just unfortunate that right when the Pixels started to feel like the shining star that was Nexus phones back in the day, Google apparently decided to jump into the big leagues where unpleasant sticker price is a recurring trope. Sigh!
But hey, at the very least, Google teased us with official renders of the
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