Yes and this was the plan all along...
Google makes this phones so no one buys them. Except for people that would read an article about Google not making phones to be successful.
These are "model'" devices, Google wants to influence the design/development/features of hardware as it is paramount for the success of Android (and other services).
They are the phones for developers, effectively the reference platform, so an application that runs on Pixel should run on all androids.
And people who would read HYS about Google not making phones to be sold.
And that is it.