While these may not be the most expensive smartphones in the market, Google’s very own Pixel 3 has had significant price increase compared to its predecessors, raising eyebrows of Android users as it supposedly comes with specs that are reportedly offered by other brands for a lower price.
Prices of Pixel 3 and 3 XL are reportedly pegged at $799 and $899, respectively.
As it is, Google Pixel 3’s prices are a bit pricier than iPhone XR, which are pegged at $749 for its 64GB and $799 for 128GB or even OnePlus 6 that carries a price tag of $529 for 64GB and $579 for 128GB.
Still, tech blog The Verge said it is not all about the specs, citing hardware improvements such as nicer and bigger screens, improved rear and front cameras, and a bigger battery.
For one, it introduced a Group Selfie Cam, that allows manual zooming out with a wide-angle lens that captures “184 percent more of the scene than the iPhone XS” according to The Verge.
“If you’re looking for the best camera on a smartphone, the Google Pixel 3 touts some machine-learning software that makes its 12.2MP snapper better than the raw specs would have you believe,” TechRadar said in its early verdict.
Android Authority has the same observation on the Pixel 3 as far as the camera is concerned.
“The wide-angle camera allowed for super wide selfies, and you’re able to zoom in and out while in selfie mode. You can use selfie portrait mode at any focal length, and it was able to detect faces even when there were 2 faces at various depths,” Android Authority said.
There are, however, no big updates as far as early reviews are concerned.
Meanwhile, CNet has cast doubts on Google’s ability to protect users from data breach, citing the recent revelation that a bug has leaked at least half a million account information. Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware chief, has reportedly said during the Pixel 3 launch that they are “committed to the security of our users.”
“The launch comes amid an uptick of criticism over the company’s data collection practices and, thanks to Facebook, increasing consumer scrutiny over how customer information is being used,” CNet said.