Google 19 Mar
Google is said to be working on a couple of budget variants of the Pixel phone for some time. The idea behind these budget pixel devices is to capture the market of OnePlus like brands, which offer near stock android experience coupled with powerful hardware at a not so premium price bracket. Though the company has avoided talking about the existence of these devices, Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite or Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
However, recently Google’s SVP and Android Boss Hiroshi Lockheimer teased about an “unreleased phone” on Twitter. He mentioned that during his visit to HP’s office he used an unreleased phone to take some pictures however, stopped just short of sharing these images on social media.
I got to see Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard's office from the 60s yesterday, it was super cool! But...— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) March 30, 2019
I took pictures with an unreleased phone 📱📷🤐 so I probably shouldn't share them here. 😝
The offices looked like this ⬇️ https://t.co/fPE7um3gyv
The fact that he used the phone during his regular visit hints that he has been using the phone as a daily driver. These further hints that this mysterious device is launch ready. Notably, Google will be hosting its annual Google I/O event from May 7 to May 9 in Mountain View California.
It is speculated that these budget Pixel phones from Google may be unveiled during this event keeping the launch event separate from the flagship Pixel launch which happens around the end of the year. The rumored Pixel Lite devices are said to offer the same stock Android experience, however, may come with a plastic (polycarbonate) body, sans a flagship processor, lower capacity battery and maybe a downgraded camera too.
Tech 15 Mar
While there are rumours that these devices will start retailing approximately at $450 and may go all the way up to $550. If this price is at all true then it would be a very interesting battle at the mid-range premium devices.