As expected, the Pixel 7a has generated a lot of interest — Google’s attractively priced flagship already has plenty of buyers lining up. Some feel it’s too expensive, but Pixel prices won’t stay at MSRP for long.
For example, the Pixel 7 occasionally periodically drops to roughly the same price as the 7a in some places. Prices fluctuate a lot, so you’ll have to wait, but the 7’s slightly better hardware is worth it.
Now, a lot of people plan to buy a Pixel 7 for the price of the 7a for that. That could still happen before the 7 is discontinued, which could happen around the Pixel 8 launch. The price of the Pixel 7a will drop by then.
One thing Google really needs to do is get Pixel phones into more markets. We know the company doesn’t have much retail experience, but it leaves a lot of potential sales open right now.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Google Pixel Fold was deemed too expensive. $1 is 800 a lot, even for the US market, which is the only market you can really fold right now. Enthusiastic reviews could boost the appeal of Google’s first foldable, but it’s never going to top the sales charts.
It’s not intentional, but it’s an important product Google owns. If foldable devices are the future, Google (as the main developer of Android) needs first-party hardware in that category.