Thursday , March 22 2018

Meet the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL

We’re here in Sydney at Google’s #MadeByGoogle launch event for the Pixel and Pixel XL phones, and we thought we’d do a quick introduction to what we’ve seen. Jason’s the more photogenic of us at 5am, so he’s up on the video.

Take a look, and we look forward to bringing you some more detailed hands-on videos later this morning from Duncan, who’s over in San Francisco at the Google event.

We will have review devices soon, so expect a thorough Ausdroiding once they arrive.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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3 Comments on "Meet the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL"

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Ausdroid Reader

So, Google us charging AU$1419 for the XL 128gb which is roughly $1080 if you convert to USD. If you go to the US store, it’s $869. Australia tax? Why do we get overcharged by so much just because we live in Australia?

Ausdroid Reader

In a nushell; Logistics, smaller market, certifications.

It costs them money to bring it here, to certify it just for our market, and to support it in Australia. Because we’re only max 25m people, there’s less likelihood they’ll actually make those costs back if they charged a direct conversion plus GST.
Thats just in a nutshell. And yes, it’s a hard nut to swallow.

Ausdroid Reader

But almost $300 extra? If this was another product, it would be called a rort.

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