USA! Pixel 2 prices abroad make America smile, much like the iPhones'
by Daniel Petrov / Oct 20, 2017, 6:59 AM
Right after the new Pixels were introduced, Google pulled an Apple, and slashed the price of the 2016 crop by a hundred. Thus, the basic Google Pixel can now be had for $549 directly from the Google Store, while its larger sibling, the Pixel XL, will set you back $669. You still need to add that hundred if you want the larger, 128 GB storage versions, but the trend is clear, and Google will probably be doing this with each new Pixel iteration - you know, like that other competitor down south from Mountain View does.
Google is now gunning for the $1000 club, tooNow, whether the new Pixel 2 is worth its starting $649, and the Pixel 2 XL the $749 Google is now asking, is a matter of personal choice, but if you want a more affordable Pixel, Google has you covered. Since it is mimicking Apple's sales strategy here, we were curious to check whether it is also following another pricing trick from the trendsetters over at Cupertino - adjusting the tag of overseas Store units upwards to offset any currency exchange fluctuations, or foreign customs' duty charges, resulting in iPhones that are much more expensive abroad than in the US.
Needless to say, that's the case with the new Pixels, too, as you can see in the table below, for the horror of German or Australian fans, who will have Google's phones offered locally, but at a price for the Google Pixel 2 that pierces through the $1000 barrier in USD equivalent. Sign of the times.
Below, we are adding some similar calculations that we did when the iPhone X was introduced just for giggles, and to illustrate how Google is following the same playbook when it comes to overseas sales, which seems to be "as much as the local market can bear." The Italians are obviously able to bear a lot, as they have the most expensive Pixels or iPhones of them all, so the pricing might have something to do with local taxes, duties and regulations, too, rather than simply corporate greed.
Apparently, Google is aiming as high as the best of them with its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 handsets, though it has some catching up to do in terms of distribution and wider global availability, compared to, say Apple, Samsung, or even Huawei.
- Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 2700 mAh
Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 17, 2017
There is a very simple solution to this problem: just don't buy this trash phones anyway and go for better phones from Samsung or Xiaomi or LG. Google and Apple just don't worth it and both of their flagships don't have headphone jack anyway so I won't bother even considering buying them.
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 7:25 AM 4
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What about mkbhd and rest of the professional reviewers giving pixel and iPhone a pass no matter how crap it is.
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 7:43 AM 0
Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 29, 2015
First you do have your own opinion and preferences. Most reviewers have there's. I myself bought the pixel 2 because I like having direct access to the person in charge of software. She with Microsoft I only want surface hardware. Apples only advantage is they are the only ones to make Apple products.
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 8:27 AM 1
Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014
The iPhone and the Pixel are good phones. No question about it. That's why they get all the hype from the reviewers. They are expensive tho. I wouldn't say Samsung, Xiaomi or LG are necessarily better, but they offer phones at lower prices (not so much Samsung) that perform just as good.
posted on Oct 22, 2017, 1:08 PM 0
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Take 20% off the U.K. price as we include tax and the US don’t. Also the pound is very weak atm so prices are going up to prepare for it.
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 8:08 AM 0
I am so glad I went with Note 8 over Pixel devices this year.. they seem to be having so many issues at the moment. Smaller Pixel 2 is making ticking noises for people when the screens on, XL 2 display issues out the ass, etc
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 8:30 AM 4
I went with the better phone, the Note 8, and I also got $150 off from the current Best Buy deal for Verizon and ATT Note 8... so win/win vs Pixel XL 2 for me.. now I have SD card expansion, IP68 rating and a headphone jack still, best display out there, 2GB more RAM and for cheaper than what I would of got XL 2 for Shame cause I was really looking forward to the Pixel XL 2 this year... it's design when compared to Note 8 or even V30, looks a generation behind... and just hearing all these display issues with the XL 2 screen, threw me off big time. Note 8 looks so much better in person in hand between the two
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 9:21 AM 1
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As European you really should boycott those companies. It seems that Europeans have to subsidize the US customers and falling profits in their home markets. But thanks to US neoliberalism we have the same low wages in (Western) Europe and so we should stop it.
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 10:10 AM 0
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why pay so much when u got Note 8, OP5 and Nokia?
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 12:51 PM 0
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Note 8 is just as expensive ? ?
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 2:54 PM 0
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Well, I'm sure glad to know that I'll have to pay $80 USD more here in Canada than people in the US...
posted on Oct 20, 2017, 10:57 PM 0
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