According to the rates provided by the firm, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro premium smartphone series will cost between 15–21% more in India than in other nations. The Pixel 7 is now available for pre-order on the e-commerce website Flipkart for Rs 59,999 (USD 729.36) and the Pixel 7 Pro is available for Rs 84,999 (USD 1033.27). From October 13, the devices would be accessible.
Google Pixel 7 Series is Expensive
Google said in a statement claimed that it is Priced at an MRP of Rs 59,999 for the Pixel 7 and Rs 84,999 for the Pixel 7 Pro, both devices are equipped with Android 13 out of the box and are powered by Google’s next-generation Tensor G2 processor. Starting on October 13, both gadgets will be on sale. Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro were released by the company for global pricing of USD 599 and USD 899, respectively.
A Google spokeswoman responded when asked why the Pixel series costs more in certain countries than others: “We base local pricing on a variety of elements, such as regional taxes and customs fees. We think the cost accurately reflects the exceptional quality of our premium phones, the top-tier hardware specifications, and the industry-leading AI software experience.”
Google hasn’t revealed where it manufactures its mobile devices. Based on a test utilizing a typical Pixel user’s battery usage profile, which includes a mix of call, data, standby, and use of other functions, Google claims that the Pixel has all-day battery life.
With the use of speech recognition technology included in the Pixel 7 series, users will be able to read audio messages as soon as they are received on Google’s Messages app. The premium segment of the market valued at more than USD 500, accounted for 6% of the market in India in the second quarter of 2022, growing at an annual rate of 83%, according to market research firm IDC.
Pricing is a Significant Factor
Faisal Kawoosa, the chief analyst at TechArc, stated that whether or not phones are manufactured in India, businesses still need to produce them for the country, and pricing is a significant factor in this.
Kawoosa said that to make a splash and generate sufficient demand to produce phones there in the future, the Google Pixel should have been priced appropriately for the Indian market. The affordability of 5G will determine how widely it may be used. He asserted that Google must aggressively pursue Pixel and make significant efforts to increase its recognition and visibility.
According to Kawoosa, if Google executes this strategy properly, Pixel will face intense competition in the high-end Android market with Samsung and OnePlus. During the most recent holiday season, the premium smartphone market has experienced tremendous growth.
During the eight-day festive season sale, which ended on September 30, e-commerce company Flipkart saw a 70% increase in sales of luxury mobile phones. Over 44% of consumers of premium mobile phones came from Tier-2 and Tier-3 towns, and premium mobile phones costing Rs 20,000 and higher made up approximately 50% of all mobile sales.
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