Google has launched its flagship smartphone – Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, after a much anticipation. The Google Pixel 3 is priced at US$799 (US$150 more expensive than the Pixel 2), while the Pixel 3 XL is priced at US$899, which is US$50 pricier than the last year’s Pixel 2 XL.
What Google Pixels Offers? Pricing?
Well, Google has shown significant increases in prices, which many people are disappointed with, especially when OEMs like OnePlus is offering almost the same speced smartphone at a significantly low price. Do note, these aren’t the most expensive smartphones out there – Apple and Samsung go way higher.
Well, specs aren’t everything. The Pixel 3 features an amazing camera and much like any of the Pixel, it will get Android updates first. But again, it doesn’t justify the pricing especially when there are some areas where Google could have improved;
- Built-in storage: You’re still choosing between 64GB or 128GB of storage with the Pixel 3, which is the same as last year. The lack of 256GB or 512GB models or say the inability to expand the storage is saddening (c’mon Google, even Samsung and Apple does).
- 4GB RAM? That’s the same amount of memory last years Pixel 2 and 2 XL had. This comes when other Android smartphones come either on 6GB or 8GB RAM.
- No 4K 60FPS, NO 1080p 240FPS: Google baffles about the camera feature, but it is 2018, and Pixels lacks the 240FPS slo-mo videos and other related features, which does bother me.
- Smaller battery in Pixel 3 XL: The smaller model is getting a battery bump, while the bigger one is losing a bit of capacity. The Pixel 3 XL (3,430mAh) has a slightly smaller battery than the 2 XL which is 3,520mAh, What?
Here is the list of high-range and midrange devices will cost you, see where the Pixel 3 stands (high to low):
- iPhone XS Max: $1,099 64GB / $1,249 256GB / $1,449 512GB
- iPhone XS: $999 64GB / $1,149 256GB / $1,349 512GB
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9: $999 128GB / $1,249 512GB
- LG V40 ThinQ: $900 – $980 64GB
- Pixel 3 XL: $899 64GB / $999 128GB
- Pixel 3: $799 64GB / $899 128GB
- iPhone XR: $749 64GB / $799 128GB / $899 256GB
- LG G7: $749 64GB
- Samsung Galaxy S9: $719 64GB / $769 128GB / $839 256GB
- BlackBerry Key2: $649 64GB
- OnePlus 6: $529 64GB / $579 128GB / $629 256GB
- Essential Phone: $339 128GB
- Nokia 6.1: $269 32GB
- Moto G6: $249 32GB
Are the Pixel 3’s new features and improved hardware enough for you to upgrade? to some extend yes, but for the major part it won’t have trouble finding fans and willing buyers. What do you think? share us your thoughts in the comment section below.