There is a new twist in the story of rumors related to the existence of a budget smartphone from the Pixel team. The first report mentioning the rumor stated that Google team is working on a budget Pixel smartphone. But later, Google’s Rick Osterloh confirmed that Pixel will continue to be premium. And now, the same tipster has come forward to clarify the original rumor.
The new report claims that while Pixel team is indeed working on a budget smartphone, it will not necessarily be Pixel-branded. The tipster said that this budget smartphone will be aimed at emerging market and will not be coming to the United States. As for the branding, it can either be a part of the Android One program or something completely new.
Here is what the tipster told 9to5Google:
“You should interpret “Budget Pixel” as a device that is being developed by the same team working on the Pixel 2, that is aimed at being released in emerging markets. This could mean Android One, this could mean something entirely different. My knowledge of this device is that: a.) it’s being developed alongside the Pixel 2 and b.) will not be sold in the US (assuming that it leaves the prototype stages).”
As you can see that the existence of a new budget smartphone from Google is quite questionable at the moment. While Google has confirmed that Pixel will be a premium offering, the report of a budget smartphone aimed at emerging markets and under some other branding also makes sense. But we would still suggest you take all this with a pinch of salt for the time being.