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Google might launch a cheaper Pixel handset

Google Pixel XL Android smartphone to get a much cheaper sibling
Google Pixel XL
The cheaper Google phone is expected to launch later this year and is known as Pixel 2B for now. Sadly, the rumors do not say anything about its specs and features, so it might even hit the market as an Android One device.

The rumors claiming that Google is currently working on an improved Pixel handset come as no surprise since some features must be added as soon as possible to keep these devices in the game. For example, Google needs a waterproof handset as soon as possible. On the other hand, the more interesting rumors claim that a cheaper Pixel device is in the works as well.

According to an inside source who spoke to 9to5Google, the tech giant is also testing internally a few prototypes of a device that is currently known as Pixel 2B. This new smartphone is expected to arrive next to the high-end Pixel 2 or shortly after it. Supposed to feature less powerful hardware and to retail for a lower price, this handset is also destined to target different markets.

In the end, it looks like Google aims to bring the Google Phone to emerging markets and the Pixel 2B "will be significantly cheaper" than its high-end sibling. Sadly, there are no detailed specs to talk about at this stage, so we should wait for the next batch of leaks to surface.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-27 (Update: 2017-01-27)