Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL India Launch Starting at Rs 71000
India Price & Launch Date
Finally, Google has taken the wraps off the new Pixel phones and these are more expensive than ever. Two years back when Google first launched the Pixel series, I wrote an article Google is becoming Apple With New Pixel Smartphones and with new Pixel phone price this year brings these closer to iPhone strategy.
In India, both the mobiles are exclusive to Flipkart and pre-orders are starting from 11th October, while phones will start shipping from 1st November.
The Pixel 3 (64 GB) costs Rs. 71,000 and the 128 GB version is available for Rs. 80,000 and the Pixel 3 XL 64 GB costs Rs. 83,000 and the 128 GB version is available for Rs. 92,000.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched for Rs. 61,000 and Rs. 72,000, new phones are expensive by Rs. 10,000. In fact, these are the most expensive Android phones ever, even more, expensive than the Samsung Note 9.
Both the phones will be available in 3 color choices – just black, Clearly white and not pink.
Let’s have a quick look at the new Google phones.
Launch Event – Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Yesterday Google live streamed the Launch event from the US and there were 100s of attendees at the venue. Google launched 3 new devices – Pixel phones, Google Home Hub and a Pixel Tablet.
Google spokeswomen spoke at length about the Pixel 3 cameras and the new software features that the company has added.
However, it was strange that they skipped all the necessary details about the hardware. Probably, Google wanted to emphasize too much on the camera on any phone.
However, there was no mention of DXO mark scores which we have seen in last years presentations.
I think the presentation from Google was a disaster. Apart from Pixel phone cameras, they failed to touch on any new features in detail.
Also, I was surprised that Google CEO, Sundar Pichai was not present at such an important event.
Besides, they spent much more time on the Home Hub which will have a fraction of sales in comparison to the phones.
Besides, there was a huge focus on the camera features and AI capabilities as the Pixel phones come with a single rear camera instead of 2-3 cameras used by the rivals.
Google never mentioned the processor or ram or even the battery details which are crucial for most Android buyers.
Specs and Details – Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3
Design and Display
The bigger of the two siblings, Google Pixel 3 XL, have an iPhone-style notch covering the top of its display. But it is deep and large.
The reason that Google is using a large notch is the presence of Dual camera set up at the front. Whatever may be the reason, but the notch is big and ugly on the Pixel 3 XL and we can already see a huge number of fans annoyed by this decision.
On the other hand, the regular Google Pixel 3 looks familiar to the predecessor Pixel 2 XL and doesn’t come with the notch design.
Also, both the phones now come with the Glass back that offers more premium looks and feel. Also, the back panel is a 2 tone design with bottom half having a matte finish.
Notably, the Pixel 3 comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio whereas the Pixel 3 XL has an 18.5:9.
Further, the Pixel 3 comes with a smaller display with 5.5 Inch screen while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3 Inch display.
The Pixel 3 offers an FHD+ flexible OLED display with 443 ppi while the XL version comes with a QHD+ display with an OLED panel at 523 ppi.
Also, both the displays have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and HDR support. The display panel on the new pixel phones is significantly better this year in comparison to previous year.
Also, both the mobiles are slightly heavy in comparison to the last year models due to the use of glass back covers.
Performance & Battery
Under the hood, we get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor and there is just 4 GB Ram. We know that the next-gen Qualcomm Processor will come in March and will launch with the new Samsung Galaxy S10.
The SD 845 is no match for the Apple A12 and the 4 GB ram also seems low. Considering that if I buy the Pixel phone and use it for the next 2-3 years, the 4 GB ram is going to look way less in 2020 when most mid-range phones will offer 6 to 8 GB ram.
The phone runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie from Google and has stock Android experience. The Pixel 3 has a 2915 mAH capacity battery while the Pixel 3 XL comes with a slightly bigger battery with 3430 mAH capacity.
Both devices come with an 18 Watts Fast Charger and can charge rapidly, also there is USB Type C Port and no 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Google is providing pixel buds with USB Type C Port in the box and an adapter as well.
Similar to the last year phones these also come with the Edge Sense technology. Moreover, this year the new phones come with IP 68 rating, making these waterproof and dustproof.
Additionally, there is a Qi Wireless charging and Dual Front firing stereo speakers to ensure that you have a good listening experience.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Camera
Let’s talk about the cameras which are the highlight feature for the new Google phones. At the back, there is a single 12.2 Megapixel camera which comes with 1.4-micron pixel size and has a f/1.8 aperture.
It comes with OIS + EIS support and can record 4K videos at 30 FPS.
At the front, there are two cameras both come with 8 Megapixel lens. One of the cameras is a wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 107-degree focal length while the other telephoto camera comes with 77-degree focal length and has a f/1.8 aperture.
There is a pixel visual core, dedicated chip, that helps the camera to have magical powers to enhance the imaging experience.
There is a special feature called Top Shot that allows you to pick the best shot from a selection of images taken by the camera.
The camera takes burst shots and later allows you to pick manually or automatically suggests the best shot from the images using machine learning.
Also, there is night sight which improves the night imaging capabilities of the pixel phones. There are some additional features such as a better digital zoom and selective coloring similar to what we have seen on Moto phones.
Additionally, the pixel phones are much better at taking group selfies with the wide front camera in comparison to last gen phones.
Google has not mentioned anything about the face unlock technology on the new Pixel phones, nor does the official website share any details.
Are the New Google Phones Better than Rivals Apple and Samsung?
It is likely that these new pixel phones are made by Foxconn. Unlike the previous Pixel models, which were made as a collaboration between Google and HTC (except Pixel 2 XL), this is going to be a different scenario.
From the very beginning, Pixel phones don’t come with dazzling hardware. The primary focus of Google with its Pixel series is fast and fluid pure Android OS with timely updates.
The second highlight feature for these phones is the camera which Google says is one of the best in the industry, thanks to the HDR+ and AI.
Can it Beat the Best Camera Phones?
Google so far is sticking to the single camera module while rivals like Huawei (P20 PRO), LG (V40) are relying on a triple camera setup to improve imaging.
More physical cameras allow you to click great shots with the relevant lens. On the other hand, Google is relying more on the software features to offer some unique camera capabilities.
I will share more about the cameras in the upcoming update to this article in a couple of days.
So, What Do you think about the new Pixel phones, share with me in the comments below?
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