Google has released the expensive Pixel 2 to match up the standards of Samsung and Apple. It has nothing special than Pixel 1 which is currently available for ₹40,000. Google should have known that there are some few reasons why people buy flagships. They prefer the best hardware which the mid-range phones can’t have. The hardware should last for at least some three to four years. Another crucial decision maker is the looks of the device. People do want to show-off their brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone X device. Be it, a startup guy or a high-level manager, owning a flagship device is considered as a sign of progress, at least here in India.
Google is a great smartphone brand and its users are relieved about the latest software update. The Pixel 2 is a major disappointment is the looks and the pricing division. Similar devices from the factories of LG and the OnePlus with the similar hardwares are available in the price range of ₹30,000 to 40,000. Though the Pixel 2 boasts the best hardware, Google itself cannot claim that this is the best that they can do for the price tag of ₹61,000. Companies like Samsung, Apple, LG and OnePlus go through a lot of market hunting to produce the best smartphone of the year.
Let’s take a look at the specifications of Google Pixel 2.
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Display – 5.0 inch AMOLED FHD display with Gorilla Glass 5
Camera – 12 megapixel OIS rear camera. 8-megapixel front camera
Battery – 2700 Mah
ROM/RAM – 64Gb and 4GB
OS – Android O.
Ratings – IP67 dust and waterproof rating.
Bluetooth – 5.0
Volte – Yes.
No 3.5 mm jack. although it is packed with Type C to 3.5mm jack cable.
At the launch of Google’s Pixel 2 phone in San Francisco, CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged smartphone features were “levelling off” and said it was hard to develop exciting new products based on hardware alone. Google said it is in a transition from a “mobile-first” company to an “AI-first” business. The machine-learning part of artificial intelligence is one of Google’s strengths. Neural machine translation now understands 96 languages and does 2 billion translations per day.
A demonstration that best illustrated the power of the new integrated Google was a live translation featuring a woman speaking Swedish — while wearing wireless Google Pixel Buds headphones — to a person holding a Google Pixel phone and speaking English.
As TechAlter pointed out, Google shouldn’t be selling hardware. It is a direct competition to Samsung and LG and the HTC who themselves use Google software. The Android OS is developed by Google but being an open-sourced software, other OEMs have the liberty to make the most out of Android. Samsung created TouchWiz and OnePlus created ColourOS. Google, the key developer of Android OS is selling Custom Android OS for the cost of Rs. 61,000. Custom OS is no luxury which users expect after paying a hefty price. We are of an opinion that Google Pixel 2 pricing of $649 in the US is a big marketing failure. The India pricing of ₹61,000 is just horrendous. It is better to save around 30,ooo rupees and buy a better looking phone with the same processor.