Expect budget, premium Pixels, new smartwatch and more from Google in 2019

Donna Miller
February 14, 2019

Apart from an affordable phone, Google is expected to launch its regular Pixel series later this year. The base Pixel 3 model had an MSRP of $799 and this cheaper model (dubbed Pixel 3 Lite)is expected to retail below the $749 MSRP of the iPhone XR. Also, the "smartwatch [that will] compete with the Apple Watch" will likely be called the Pixel Watch, considering what Google has done with the Pixel brand so far. The final tally shows that the Google Pixel 3 XL is the clear victor, with 34 percent of responders selecting it as their choice. Thanks to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review, we now have an early look at what to expect from Google in 2019.

According to the most recent report from reliable Android Police, the budget Pixel 3 range will launch in the United States sometime "this spring". Android Police believes Google will take the wraps off a new Google Home Hub smart display with a larger screen - potentially closer to the 10-inch display seen on the rival Amazon Echo Show. It's also been a while since the original Google Home was released, and Nikkei pegs it as getting an improved refresh - though I'd still love to see a water-resistant unit for the bathroom. After all, the search company has announced a new Google Home every year since 2016. However, it failed to materialise during the launch. Pricing information isn't yet concrete but the expectation is that Google will undercut Apple's iPhone XR by a significant margin. It will be the company's first wearable device which has already been delayed due to some reasons a year ago. Now there is a report that it will be released this year alongside a host of other new Googley hardware.

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In order to realize its "hardware dream", Google is still digging the corner of Apple employees to expand cooperation with Asian suppliers.

Finally, Strategy Analytics declared the Pixel 3 in particular is "starting to resonate" with USA customers that are "searching for something new, such as eSIM connectivity or AI". We'll keep you updated with all of the latest whispers when we hear of them.

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