Google is all set to launch its”lower-priced” smartphone year, according to a media report.
The smartphone is very likely to be a part of this rumoured Pixel 3 Lite-Series that is expected to debut as the poor smartphone range next to the Pixel 3 family that was launched last year. The new Google phone is said to be priced lower than the iPhone XR that begins at $749 (Rs. 76,900 in India), which will make its cost lower than the Pixel 3 which begins at $799 (Rs. 71,000 in India). Aside from the brand new smartphone, Google is also reported to expand its own hardware lineup by introducing a smartwatch to take on the likes of Apple Watch.
The new Google phone is going to be the company’s first non-premium model aimed at price-sensitive customers, reports Nikkei Asian Review, citing people familiar with the evolution. The new phone, which will be very likely to function as rumoured Pixel 3 Lite, is said to be majorly designed for the emerging markets like India. Therefore, it is speculated to come at a price lower than not just the Pixel 3 versions but also the iPhone XR that has been launched since the very affordable 2018 iPhone model this past year.
If we proceed with the past reports, Google will attract two new models cheaper than the Pixel 3 range, known as the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. The Pixel 3 Lite is rumoured to come using a Snapdragon 670 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. What’s more, the phone might have a 5.5-inch display. The Pixel 3 XL Lite, on the other hand, is very likely to come with a Snapdragon 710 SoC and game a 6-inch screen.
The launch date of the cheaper Google smartphone has not been shown yet. Some previous reports remarked that the new phone could come in Spring 2019, although a recent rumour indicated that the launch could happen sometime following Google I/O 2019.
The report from the Nikkei Asian Review also mentions that Google does have plans to bring a new premium telephone in its own Pixel household this past year. This might be the successor to the Pixel 3 versions that came last year.
Alongside the new phones, Google is allegedly set to bring a selection of new devices this season, such as smart speakers, wearables, and internet cameras. It’s also stated that over the last two years, the search giant has hired different hardware engineers and supply chain specialists from Apple. Additionally, the company brought 2,000 engineers from HTC back in 2017.
In the assortment of new devices, Google is said to have a new security camera which could carry the Nest brand. What’s more, it’s said to bring a brand new smartwatch to undertake the Apple Watch. The business has already been spotted looking for a VP to lead its wearables group that could majorly work on the smartwatch.
Foxconn unit FIH Mobile, which will be a contract manufacturer for its Pixel versions, is said to have increased production lines unique to the Google devices. It is also reported that while Quanta majorly manufactures Google’s Home speaker range, iPad maker Compal Electronics can be in discussions to start making smart speakers to the business.