Is Google’s decision to cap Pixel 7 Pro storage at 256GB a big step backward for the company’s plans?
Both Apple and Samsung offer smartwatches, tablets, and true wireless earbuds designed to work with their phones. Google is doing the same thing and it started by making the build and feel of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro more in line with the iPhone. The Pixel Watch will be unveiled on October 6th along with the new Pixel 7 phones. The Pixel Buds Pro have been released (and it does feature Active Noise Cancellation), and next year Pixel fans get the Pixel Tablet and possibly the Pixel Tablet Pro.
The Pixel 4 series has a face recognition technologically similar to Apple’s Face ID
But if you’re looking for a sign or a clue-if you will-that something is amiss, the storage rumor for the upcoming handsets is a big one. Sure, most Pixel users probably don’t come close to using enough storage to justify the extra expense of purchasing the Pixel 6 Pro with 512GB of storage even if they take a fair amount of photos, a strong possibility with a phone that is known for its outstanding photo capabilities.
There were other features on the Pixel 4 series including the use of Motion Sense which promised the moon but delivered a rain cloud. Using the Soli radar system, Motion Sense allows a user to skip music tracks, dismiss phone calls and stop alarms with the wave of a hand. But at the time, the potential was there for more exciting Motion Sense uses. We might never know.
Google must have been so disappointed by sales of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL that the Pixel 5 was a completely different experience. It uses a Snapdragon 765G mid-range chipset, and Face Unlock was gone, replaced by the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which was back. The device came with 8GB of RAM and only 128GB of storage. It seemed like Google didn’t know exactly what the Pixel line was all about at this point.
Would you consider the removal of a 512 GB storage tier for the Pixel 7 Pro to be a disappointment?
Here, Google is removing a storage option for the Pixel 7 Pro and the message it sends is more important than the actual deed. Google is saying, hey there isn’t anything that you can use your Pixel 7 Pro for that will require you to spend extra on 512GB of storage. The company should be offering 512GB of storage anyway because there will be people who are willing to spend for the max amount of storage they can buy just to show everyone that they have that kind of money.