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Google announced a bunch of products at its Made by Google event on Tuesday, but the biggest highlight of the show were the shiny new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The new Pixel phones look different from their predecessors and pack more powerful specs. But are they worth upgrading if you own a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL? Or are they worth their increased price tags? Let’s dive into a detailed Google Pixel 3 vs Pixel 2 comparison to see what has changed and whether you should upgrade.
Google Pixel 3 vs Pixel 2: Design and display
Google has managed to pack bigger screens on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL compared to their predecessors without noticeably increasing the overall form factor. The new Pixel 3 packs a 5.5-inch display compared to 5-inch on last year’s Pixel 2. The Pixel 3 XL gets a 6.3-inch screen, a modest jump from 6-inch on the Pixel 2 XL.
The new models have slimmer bezels compared to their predecessors. The Pixel 3 XL also sports a display cutout at the top to expand the screen area, though it still has a thick chin at the bottom to accommodate the speaker. Google claims the front-firing speakers on the latest models are about 40% louder than last year’s Pixel phones.
The back panel of new phones is made out of glass to facilitate wireless charging. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the first Google phones to facilitate wireless charging. However, they retain the dual-tone design of their predecessors. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL use both matte and glossy surfaces on the back to offer you a better grip while also enabling wireless charging.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come in Clearly White, Just Black, and a new Not Pink color options. In contrast, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched in Just Black, Clearly White, Slightly Blue, and Black & White colors.
Google Pixel 3 vs Pixel 2: Hardware specs
A lot has changed on the new phones but RAM and storage options remain the same: 4GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. Also, just like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the latest offerings lack the 3.5mm headphone jack. Google ditched the audio jack in favor of the USB Type-C port last year.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, the same processor that runs most of the flagship Android phones released this year. The Snapdragon 845 is far more powerful and energy efficient than Snapdragon 835 inside last year’s Pixel phones.
Google’s new Pixel handsets offer wireless charging at up to 10 watts. You may have to buy a separate charger if you want to take advantage of the technology. The company has launched its own $79 Pixel Stand wireless charger that allows you to listen to music and check photos while the device is charging.
The Pixel 3 packs a 2,915mAh battery which is roughly 8% larger …read more