Theo Thimou, clarkhoward.com
Google has announced its much-anticipated new smartphone, but the price point may scare buyers away.
A look at Google Pixel
First, let’s go over some of the selling points of the newly announced Pixel and Pixel XL.
Both have a battery that will charge for seven hours of use in just 15 minutes. Both have the highest rated smartphone camera ever, featuring 12.3-megapixel resolution with large 1.55-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture.
They also offer unlimited storage for all your photos and videos. Plus, these phones are the first ever to have Google Assistant built right in. That means you’ll always have a friendly chatbot at the tip of your fingers to help you with everything from playing your favorite music, bringing up your favorite pictures or booking a reservation at your favorite restaurant.
In addition, the Pixels run a specialized version of Android so you’ll be ready to take advantage of Google’s Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform as that ramps up.
As for the price? These phones start at $649.
“The sweet spot in the smartphone market is on $200 or under phones,” Clark says. “Google is really putting out a flagship phone with the Pixel, but you won’t get a lot of buyers at this price point.”
As enticement to get you to preorder, Google is now offering a free VR headset.