The latest offerings in the Google Pixel line-up deserve a record for the massive number of leaks that were posted on the internet before their eventual launch yesterday. At Google’s New York event, they finally announced the all new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The newest upgrades in the technology giant’s smartphone line-up are priced at $799, and $899 respectively.
The smaller of the two siblings, with the complementing lower price tag has a 5.5inch display with slim bezels. Strangely, Google has opted for dual front cameras, sitting besides the speaker grill on the top of the smartphone, but is still relying on AI for their primary camera post processing. The camera on the back is still a single one: A 12.2 MP dual-pixel setup. Inside, there is 4 GBs of RAM and a Snapdragon 845 processor which should make the smartphone a breeze to handle. All of that is powered by a 2915 mAh battery. As has become a rather stupid norm, the new Pixels also come without a headphone jack and in the box USB-C dongles (lots of them) to make up for the same. Android Pie comes out of the box and Google has promised 3 years of update.
For the larger variant, the device has the same specifications but the display size is increased to 6.3 inches. The slim bezel design is taken up a level ( or reduced to smithereens) with a rather large notch on the top. The battery is increased to 3,430 mAh. Both the devices offer 6-7 hours of usage on a 15 minute charge. This is, however, the theoretical value and might differ. We’ll have to wait and see.
Is it worth the buy?
Google is announcing several new features starting with the new Pixels. There is the smart compose option for Gmail, previously available on the web. There are a lot more AR stickers, top shot, super res zoom, and photo booth. Though all of that sounds impressive, we seriously doubt if it is worth the extra price tag. What’s more, the slight 0.8 inches of extra screen size in the XL variant that comes at a hundred extra bucks is notorious and downright outrageous, especially considering the fact that the insides remains the same. (This wasn’t the case with the good old Lumia line-up. The Lumia 950 XL variant came with two extra cores of processing power and liquid cooling.)
The Pixel 2 came with similar specs, albeit a lower Snapdragon 835 processor. The camera specifications were the same, as was the design. We seriously doubt that the slight increase in specifications, like the processor, or 200mAh extra battery size, or the fun AR stickers are worth the extra 150$ price tag. If you are a newbie to the Pixel line-up, you can go for the newer versions available starting from October 18. But those of you who are already on the Pixel 2, we recommend sticking with them until something better comes up.