- Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, Gorilla Glass 5
- Pixel 3 starts at Rs. 80,000, Pixel 3 XL starts at Rs. 140,000 in Pakistan
- Pixel 3 duo will be available in India from November 1
Google’s flagship smartphones are generally the last to arrive in the year, long after Samsung and Apple have revealed their hand. This can be both, a good and a bad thing. The good part is that it gives Google time to monitor the trends, gauge user reactions and feedback from what’s already in the market, so it can tweak and fine-tune the design and experience of its Pixel phones.
On the flip side, majority of buyers would have already pulled the trigger on their new phone, which leaves mainly Pixel loyalists or those undecided few hoping to snag a deal from the holiday season sales. Plus, before we know it, we’ll have MWC again, where new Android phones with newer hardware will be unveiled, putting the Pixels in a bit of tight spot.
n any case, Google seems to be sticking to its October launch schedule and right on cue, we now have the logically named Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. This duo replaces Google’s Pixel 2 (Review) and Pixel 2 XL (Review) phones, which had their share of shortcomings, to put it lightly, but managed excel in the camera department. The new series
Before we go ahead, let’s just say that most of the
The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL feel incredibly premium, even more so than last year’s offerings. One of the reasons for this is because Google has ditched the matte coating for the aluminium frame and has gone with a gloss finish for the sides and a glass back. Three quarters of the rear glass has a frosted coating, which gives it a nice texture and also adds some grip to what would have otherwise been, a very slippery surface.
The Pixel 3 is
The pOLED panel of the Pixel 2 XL was riddled with issues from the get-go but this time, things seem to be better, sort off. Both phones use “flexible OLED” panels and at a 100 percent brightness, the Pixel 3 seems to have crisper whites and is a tad brighter too. Both phones appear to have a slight
Both phones have a single SIM slot at the bottom, stereo speakers that get pretty loud and no headphone socket. There’s a new dual front camera system, which let’s you capture regular or wide-angle selfies and a bunch of new camera shooting modes. The Just Black colour on the Pixel 3 looks good but what really caught our attention was the Cleary White on the Pixel 3 XL.
Speaking of the Pixel 3 XL, it’s really hard to not talk about that notch, and boy, it’s a big one. We’ll reserve our verdict on this for now and see if it grows on us after using it for the next couple of days. It doesn’t seem like Google really had a choice with its design since fitting in two cameras and the earpiece would take up room. It could have ditched the notch all-together but then with Android Pie getting official software support for the notch, what sort of the example would that be setting? Given that Pixel phones have generally been the blueprints for getting the best out of Android, Google had to show the others how it’s done.
In terms of specifications, both run on the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, sport 4GB of RAM and non-expandable 64GB of internal storage. They are both IP68 certified, support wireless charging, and run on stock Android 9 Pie.
So, what’s all this going to cost you? Well, the Pixel 3 starts at Rs. 80,000 while the Pixel 3 XL color at Rs. 1,40,000. This is colors Rs. 10,000 bump in price compared to last year’s model, which was to be expected we guess. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for Google this year, considering how competing flagships from Samsung retail for much less these days. The Pixel phones have always been about the