Google Pixel Phone: Specs, price & availability in the Philippines

Google Pixel Phone: Specs, price & availability in the Philippines

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I've been using a Nexus 4 for more than 2 years now. It has proven to be one solid piece of hardware and waiting for it to die has become frustrating. :) Google announcing the Pixel marks the end of my trusty old Nexus 4.

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Overview

The Pixel and Pixel XL are products of Google finally trying to gain a better foothold on the smartphone market. It also signals a new era for Android with the arrival of the Google Assistant, the search giant's own brand of intelligent companion deeply tied to Google's vast knowledge graph. The battle of AIs has begun -- Microsoft's Cortana, Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa.

On can only guess how usable the phone will be. Initial impressions by tech insiders are mostly positive. For us in the Philippines, the questions remain. When will the Google Pixel be available in the Philippines? How much will it cost?

Specifications

The Pixel comes in two sizes, 5- and 5.5-inch. Unlike other manufacturers, however, there isn't that big of a difference between the two other than the display size & density and the battery. The rest of the hardware (camera, processor, storage, etc.) are exactly the same.

  • OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Display: 5-inch and 5.5-inch
  • Processor: Snapdragon 821; MSM8996 pro AB Quad Core 2+2 Kryo 2.15GHz / 1.6GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32 or 128GB
  • Camera: 12MP f2.0 and 8MP front-facing camera
  • USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack

For more details on the specifications of this Google smartphone, click here.

Price

With such high specs and promises, I wasn't surprised to hear the price. The unlock base model (32GB, 5-inch) is priced at $649. I was hoping for a Nexus price.

How much will it be in the Philippines? It will be sold for around PHP 40,000, in the first few months of release. Kimstore and other online shops might offer B-stocks (refurbished) within a year of release for a cheaper price. But there's a really slim chance that it will ever go down to below 25K.

Availability

One thing I'm sure of, it won't be available until next year. It's been years since I last saw a Nexus phone being offered by either Smart or Globe. So I have little hope of seeing the Pixel phones sold by these telcos.

Online retailers (Kimstore, Widget City, etc.) will definitely offer it sometime next year.