Elon Musk’s Grok AI Lands in India, Pricier Than ChatGPT Plus

K. C. Sabreena Basheer 26 Dec, 2023
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Elon Musk’s xAI introduces Grok AI to India, expanding its reach to 46 other nations, as it competes with ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini AI. The chatbot is exclusive to X Premium+ subscribers, offering distinct modes and features at varying price points.

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Elon Musk launches Grok AI in India

Grok AI’s Indian Debut

Grok AI, a brainchild of Elon Musk’s xAI, has made its debut in India, captivating audiences with its advanced features. Available exclusively for X Premium+ subscribers, Grok AI comes in two modes—fun and regular, each catering to different preferences.

Pricing and Subscription Details

Subscribing to Grok AI from a smartphone in India costs Rs 2,299 per month or Rs 22,900 annually, surpassing the price of ChatGPT Plus. However, desktop users enjoy a more affordable rate of Rs 1,300 per month or Rs 13,600 per year. The early access program restricts Grok AI to the top-tier X subscription plan.

X Premium+ subscription offers a range of perks, enticing users with an ad-free experience, blue check verification, monetization opportunities, extended post creation, high-resolution video uploads, post-editing capabilities, background video playback, and video downloads.

Grok AI’s Superior Capabilities

Grok AI, equipped with 63.2 billion parameters, claims superiority over ChatGPT’s GPT-3.5 model. It stands out by accessing real-time data from X, providing more accurate responses to recent trends. Despite concerns about OpenAI’s code, xAI’s Chief Engineer Igor Babuschkin assures users that Grok is trained on vast internet data, minimizing any reliance on external code.

Also Read: Controversy Surrounds: Grok Uses OpenAI Code for Training

Grok AI more expensive than ChatGPT Plus in India

Global Expansion and Financial Strategy

Elon Musk’s xAI extends its reach to 46 countries, aiming to reduce reliance on advertising by promoting paid subscriptions. The recent launch of the Premium+ plan on Musk’s social media platform X, coupled with intentions to transform X into a “super app,” highlights a strategic shift toward a subscription-based revenue model. XAI’s filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $1 billion reflects ambitious financial goals.

Also Read: Elon Musk’s xAI Firm Faces Speculation Over Funding

Our Say

As Grok AI enters the Indian market, it brings a new dimension to AI-driven chatbots. While the pricing may raise eyebrows, the diverse features and the promise of real-time data access make it a formidable contender. Musk’s strategy to prioritize paid subscriptions aligns with evolving trends in social media, and the global expansion indicates a confident stride into the future.

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