images of Google Pixel 3

Google is almost set to introduce new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. While we already talked about the stunning piece Google is working on to surprises all of us this year, the latest images of Google Pixel 3 by Steve Hemmerstoffer, who enjoys a great track record of reliable first-hand information in the industry, indicate that Google has done some impressive job with the upcoming Google Pixel 3 range.

Steve, in conjunction with MySmartPrice, has released few high resolutions, 360-degree rendered images of Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL after obtaining official factory CADs. The released images of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 Plus indicate few major design changes many have found it quite surprising.

Images of Google Pixel 3 Indicate Radical Design Change

The most important noticeable change is the display size of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – which most of us may fail to notice. Google has fit a bigger display without increasing the overall size of the device. Bezel-less edge to edge display in Google Pixel 3 has allowed Google to fit a bigger display size to cater to premium segment users who appreciate 5-inch or bigger display more than the devices sporting comparatively smaller display. It makes Google Pixel 3 look almost identical to its predecessor in terms of size.

  • Pixel 2 – 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm
  • Pixel 3 – 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm
  • Pixel 2 XL – 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
  • Pixel 3 XL – 158 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm

However, to create a differentiation Google has made Pixel 3 available with 18: 9, while Pixel 3 XL will come with 19:9 ratio. The latter one is designed to compete directly with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X which offers 18.5:9 and 19.5:9 aspect ratio, respectively. Just to put things in perspective, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, released last year, offers 16:9 and 18:9 aspect ratio, respectively.

The big design change is the position of SIM tray. Unlike most of the smartphones currently available in the market, Google has decided to adjust SIM tray next to Type-C charging port in the device. While it’s immediately unclear the reason behind the major design change, it’s expected that Google wants to make the device thinner than its predecessors. Despite shrinking it, Google may not let go its dual-speakers in front.

Despite all the improvements and radical design changes Google Pixel 3 may end up disappointing many. The biggest disappointment could be the absence of rear dual-camera in Google Pixel 3 or Google Pixel 3 XL. Though Google Pixel 2 smartphones sport dual-front camera and Google will continue to offer the same in Google Pixel 3 series as well, the absence of rear dual-camera may result in many potential buyers turning their back to Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL.

Another new design change which is not being appreciated by many is the glass body at back. The glass body at back definitely makes the device look stunning but also makes it more fragile.

Both, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a direct competition with Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9. With the new design changes and improved body finish, Google is expected to increase the price as well to stay competitive in the segment dominated by Apple and Samsung. On the other hand, it may have to face a tough competition as Apple is expected to reduce the price of iPhone X with the launch of iPhone X Plus scheduled to be launched in the next quarter.

It would be interesting to see how Google places its bets to make Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 Plus win customers and capture the market, especially when much-lucrative iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – both with rear dual-camera – would be available at a comparatively lower price.