That handset now costs £559, while the larger-screened Pixel 2 XL will set you back £629.
Google is said to launch the mid-range Pixel smartphone in price sensitive markets around July-August. The technical characteristics are still unknown. After all, India has been one of the most important emerging markets in the smartphone industry, and Samsung and Apple have been quick to recognise this with aggressive in-store branding and retail exclusive zones all over the country.
One of the retailers in the trade meet also said that Google isn't planning to be overly aggressive in defeating rivals like Apple, Amazon, etc, but they do plan to increase their retail presence and increase product availability through their partners. Among the most important products from the company will be the smart speakers namely Google Home, Google Home Mini that will compete with Amazon Echo speakers.
It's unclear whether Google plans to bring its cheaper Pixels worldwide, or if it'll be limited to India.
Google introduced its Google Home smart speaker back in October 2016 and the Home Mini was introduced in October a year ago.
The Google Home was launched in 2016 for $129 as Google's first smart speaker. They are expected to arrive with support for Hindi and 12 other regional languages. There were also fixes in the Android runtime and system framework that prevent attackers from bypassing user interaction requirements to gain privileged access to a remote device.
The Google Pixel 3 concept images, included below, suggest the phone will ship with a number of features that could certainly make it a major contender in this upcoming generation of high-end flagships.
Google's largest competitor is already retailing the original Echo, Echo Plus, and the Echo Dot in the country since previous year.