We’re almost 2 weeks away from the rumoured Google Hardware event where we’re expecting Google to announce the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, along with a whole host of other great hardware. If you were hoping to pick up a Pixel or Pixel XL for less than flagship prices you might be in for a disappointment, with the smaller device rumoured to be priced at around $649 USD, which is about $860 AUD before any local costs and taxes.
We think it’s safe to assume that if the $649 USD price that Android Police has uncovered is indicative of pricing here, we won’t see the smaller Pixel phone in Australia for much less than $899 AUD. That price will be for the smaller storage variant, which will hopefully be at least 32 GB. The Pixel XL could easily sell for $999 or more depending on storage options.
Those prices are estimates based on rumoured US pricing, so you know find some salt, but we expect them to come in near those prices. This leaves little doubt that the Pixel and Pixel XL are going to be marketed as premium devices. Whilst they aren’t quite at the Note 7 pricing level of above $1300 they are definitely at the top of the pricing pack. Let’s hope the hardware, especially the camera, and software experience match those prices.
The Pixel pricing isn’t all that has leaked out, the pricing for Google’s new Daydream View VR headset has also been hinted to be around $80 USD, or about $110 AUD, before local costs. It’s unclear if that price includes the Daydream controller as well or if that is a separate purchase.
All and all if you’re wanting to get the biggest and best of what Google has to offer this year then we’d expect you’ll need to put aside over $1100 AUD, and that’s just for the Pixel XL and Daydream View, if you want the rumoured Google Android Wear watch, 7″ Tablet, 4K Chromecast/s and Google Home you might as well start saying ‘good buy’ to at least $2000 – $3000 AUD.
If you’ll excuse me I’m off to clean the house, make my wife’s lunch and wash her car, I may need some good will in the near future.
Let us know which Google devices you’re wanting and how much you’ll think they’ll cost.