Google has a straightforward, yet subtle, explanation behind its anticipated push into the midrange smartphone market: there's too much competition in the high-end one.
Google is expected to show off its cheaper Pixel 3a and 3a XL on the first day of its I/O developer conference next month, The Verge reported on Monday. However, turning to previous rumours, the Pixel 3a XL will pack a Snapdragon 710 chipset so the Pixel 3a will likely have a lesser SoC.
As for the benchmark scores, the Google Pixel 3a managed to score 1,625 points in the single-core test and 5,206 points in the multi-core test.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai also commented on Pixel's dipping sales.
The next pair of Google Pixel smartphones appeared this morning in official listings before launch - before even Google announced their existence. So, while the Pixel phones failed to rake in as many sales as Google was expecting, it's safe to assume that other products such as Google Home speakers and Chromecast devices did well enough to make up for it. One analyst transparently pondered on the call whether the Pixel line was illustrative of Microsoft's failed smartphone business. "Really, just help us understand how that hardware business is important to Google and how you are thinking about it long-term?". "But I do think, especially since the ecosystem is constantly pushing it forward, I continue to be excited about the innovation speed".
Google's parent company Alphabet also reported its slowest year-on-year revenue growth at 17% compared to 26% in the same quarter last year.
The latest fiscal results were lower than expected and according to the CFO of the United States giant, this is due in part to lower sales of products in the Pixel range and partly to greater investments in advertising.