Word on the street is that Google is axing the Nexus project moving forward, as far as smartphones go, and is instead planning on launching a pair of HTC-manufactured, Pixel-branded handsets later this year.
There have been a gluttony of leaks and rumors regarding both the Pixel and Pixel XL at this point, but one area of interest that has been largely left off the platter up to this point is expected price points. According to a report from Android Police, the base model of the Pixel, the smaller of the two handsets, will be priced at $649. It is believed that device will boast 32GB of built-in storage.
However, there’s no word on how many variants of either handset there will be, or how much those will cost if they do exist. There is also no word on how much the Pixel XL will cost, but with expectations it will feature a bigger and sharper display, it stands to reason that it will cost some amount of money more than the Pixel.
Google is also rumored to be planning to make financing available for both devices later this year, but how it will work, and where it will be available, remains a mystery. It is believed that financing for a new Pixel phone will be available without being tied to Project Fi, though.
And finally, Android Police has come into possession for a never-before-seen ad for a Nest product, which, unceremoniously, showcases what looks like a Pixel smartphone. The device in the video shows similarities to earlier leaks and renders of the upcoming handset, but obviously there’s no way to tell if it’s the real thing just yet. You can see the ad below.[via Android Police (1); (2)]