Google is working on a budget Pixel smartphone for select markets

Google is working on a mid-range Pixel for emerging markets like India and Pakistan, according to a new report.

The Economic Times has obtained information claiming that Big G is developing a budget Pixel smartphone, which is expected to debut in India sometime in July or August, to rival the likes of the Honor 9 Lite, Huawei P Smart and Xiaomi Mi A1.

The outlet was unable to uncover details pertaining to the handset’s specifications, though if we had to hazard a guess we’d say it’s armed with at least a 5-inch AMOLED screen, 3GB of RAM and the same 12.2MP camera as the standard Pixel 2.

Here’s what’s interesting: the report, aside from noting that Google is also looking to bring the Google Home and PixelBook to India, claims it’s looking to expand its retail footprint in the region to help it compete with Apple, Microsoft and Samsung.

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“Their hardware distributor Redington will expand brick-and-mortar distribution reach,” reports The Economic Times. “Google will also do in-store branding and signage, and set up exclusive zones with specially designed fixtures like Apple.”

What are the key details to take away from the report? It’s simple – for Apple fans, at least. Google is building an iPhone SE competitor that will be sold in an Apple Store-like retail establishment alongside HomePod and MacBook competitors.

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