Not much was left to the imagination after a series of leaks, renders and even hands-on reviews of Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones popped up online much earlier than the official launch. Perhaps this is the first time that we have seen such a deluge of leaks around an upcoming smartphone. Google finally launched the Pixel 3 and the 3XL at an event in New York, putting a rest to the rumours. In this segment, let us take a look at how the new Pixel 3 compares with its predecessor, the Pixel 2, and the new features and capabilities it brings to the table.
Google Pixel 3 Vs Pixel 2: what’s similar
Google has managed to cram in a larger display on the Pixel 3 without altering the body size. This has been made possible due to the edge-to-edge display and slimmer bezels. The Pixel 2 features a 5-inch display while the new Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch display, without much difference in overall size. Most of us had qualms with the wide bezels on the Pixel 2 and now that has been taken care of on the Pixel 3. We expected Google to offer higher storage variants for Pixel 3, but that didn’t happen and the phone comes in the same 64GB and 128GB storage options as before.
As expected the Pixel 3 doesn’t sport a headphone jack and you need to rely on USB-C for your music and charging needs. That being said, Google can hook you up with an adapter that will allow you to use conventional 3.5mm headphones.
Google Pixel 3 Vs Pixel 2: what’s new
The new Pixel 3 manages to offer a plethora of new features as opposed to the Pixel 2. To begin with, the Pixel 3 comes equipped with a bigger 5.5-inch display and the device looks sleeker thanks to the glass back and the thinner bezels. As mentioned earlier, the bigger display fits into the same size, so as far as ergonomics are concerned, the Pixel 3 should have no issues whatsoever. Google claims to have improved the vibration motor in the Pixel 3 as opposed to the one in the Pixel 2.
Under the hood, the Pixel 3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC as opposed to Snapdragon 835 on the Pixel 2. Another new addition come in the form of dual lens setup for the front. Despite sticking with a single unit lens at the back, the Pixel 3 sports a dual lens setup at the front. The new selfie setup includes an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with a 97-degree field of view. As it goes without saying, the wide-angle lens should help users in capturing better group selfies.
The Pixel lineup is well known for its software trickery that brings the best out of its camera units. Google has introduced an interesting night shot mode. The company claims that this is one of the best low-light modes on a smartphone camera and has compared the low light picture with the one taken on the iPhone XS. Moving on, the Top Shot camera feature will take a burst of HDR photos and helps you cherry pick the best.
The Pixel 3 also comes equipped with a 2,915mAh battery as opposed to the 2,700mAh unit on the Pixel 2. Other novelties include a glass back that helps facilitate wireless charging. It is also worth mentioning that Google has announced a wireless charger called the Pixel Stand. This supports charging of up to 10W and is compatible with all the devices that adhere to the Qi wireless charging standard.