The Pixel 5 is enjoying a warm welcome in the European countries it has launched in, early metrics suggest.
Pixel 5 retail price could have been $599 in the US, were it not for Verizon
Compared to the US, the Pixel 5 is more reasonably priced in rest of the markets, if you count out import duties and VAT.
In the US, we have Google and Verizon’s camaraderie to thank for the $699 price tag.
The Pixel 5 is $699 in the US and $799 in Canada. This isn’t Google being kind on the exchange rate. It’s because US buyers are spending an extra $100 for mmWave 5G and Canadians aren’t, simple as that.
Every phone with mmWave costs more, whether you use it or not. pic.twitter.com/V7LXAtP31P
— Daniel Bader (@journeydan) October 1, 2020
Even though Google is making a big deal out of the fact that it is not selling a $1,000 phone during the pandemic, a $599 retail tag would have made much more sense for the specs we are getting.
The addition of mmWave support is also presumably the reason why the phone will arrive in the US after in launches in other markets.