Google Pixel handset shown promise, but it’s seriously pricey.
The Google Pixel is a phone we really want to love, but we’ve not fallen head over heels for it just yet. The design and price are questionable – but there’s an awful lot of potential under the hood.
The Pixel takes over from 2015’s Nexus 5X as the smaller offering in Google’s lineup. The thing is, it hasn’t inherited its predecessor’s price point, with the new Pixel sporting a decidedly more premium tag.
It comes in two variants, 32GB and 128GB, with the smaller storage option costing you a lofty $649, £599, AU$1,079. Meanwhile the Google Pixel price for the 128GB model is a staggering $749, £699, AU$1,229, pitching it against the likes of the iPhone 7, Huawei P9, HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7.
The Google Pixel is a solid smartphone, but it takes a different direction to previous Nexus handsets. Its loftier price point means it’s now under real pressure to perform extremely well in all respects, and it remains to be seen if it can live up to its on-paper potential.
It’s a phone we really want to love – but we’ve not fallen head over heels for it just yet.
The design will likely divide people, and the increased price will certainly be a stumbling block for some, but the Pixel is a fast, slick, powerful smartphone which puts the best of Google in your palm. We can’t wait to put it properly through its paces – especially that camera.