It looks like Google has managed to sort out some of its supply chain issues surrounding the Pixel. At least that’s the impression we have after the company announced that it would be releasing the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in Singapore as part of a second wave of markets.
The original Pixel was notoriously difficult to obtain; being sold only in the US and selected parts of Europe. That hasn’t entirely changed as the Pixel 2 will initially be available in the US, UK, Germany, India, Canada, and Australia. However, the surprising thing is that it will also be released in Italy, Spain, and Singapore. Expanding the number of countries where Google feels comfortable selling phones.
Singapore is a particularly interesting market for Malaysians. The proximity may mean that grey market importers may be tempted to bring units across the border. Meaning that we may have easier access to the phone. Something that would greatly improve our current Pixel-less situation.
Singtel has already opened pre-orders for the Pixel 2 XL; which is curiously the only variant of the phone listed on the Singaporean Google Store. There’s no telling what is happening there, but it could just be a listing issue. Or it could have something to do with two different manufacturers handling the production of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
There’s currently no release date on when the Pixel 2 will be arriving in Singapore, only that it will happen at some point this year. That said, we don’t expect the Pixel supply issue to improve by leaps and bounds; meaning that it may still be difficult to find a store that sells them down south.