Due to things, Apple (AAPL) and Samsung's flagship phones are not likely to be related to hardware in the next generation Pixel devices of Alphabet / Google (GOOGL).
On the other hand, the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL should, like Pixel 2 and 2 XL in front of them, be differentiated in terms of software. And if Google, which allegedly plans to uncover its newest pixels on October 9, also launches a larger number of carrier partners this time, it should allow Pixel sales to grow a little more in a flatlining smartphone market.
Much like Pixel 2 and 2 XL, Pixel 3 and 3 XL are expected to have almost identical features outside the display and battery size. Photo leaks indicate that the devices will have iPhone X-like top notch and (like Apple and Samsung's flagship, but unlike previous pixels) have glassbacks instead of aluminum.
Glassbacks make it easier to support wireless charging, a feature that (judges by a leaked video) Google will support this time. In addition, third party pins will be shipped with a pair of wired headsets that have a button to launch Google Assistant. As usual, Google's phones are powered by a flagship Qualcomm (QCOM) processor (in this case Snapdragon 845).
In particular, although Pixel 3 and 3 XL allegedly have two front cameras that are said to enable a "Super Selfie" feature, they are expected to have only one rear camera. In this regard, the phones are quite unknown at a time when two rear cameras have become the standard of advanced phones, and some OEMs have even launched the phones with three rear cameras.
To be fair, with the help of machine learning algorithms and proprietary image processing chips known as Visual Core, Google did a very good job with Pixel 2's only rear-view camera, which reviews make clear. And some examples of images claimed to be taken by a Pixel 3 XL indicate that little will change that front this year. Nonetheless, by not having a second rear camera, Google can not do things like dedicating a camera to wide-angle images or supporting optical zoom.
Pixel 3 also shows that it is a bit short in some other hardware areas. Google has once again expected to use LG's OLED panels for its monitors instead of Samsung, used by both Apple and Samsung's flagship, generally considered best in the class. Photo leaks indicate that the phone's top notch is larger than iPhone X's and also has a significant bottom edge. And while Samsung put a giant 4000mAh battery inside the Galaxy Note 9, the Pixel 3 XL has a 3,430mAh battery, which would be a bit smaller than Pixel 2 XL.
But these hardware restrictions may not necessarily be agreement-Breakers for Pixel fans who have come to love their software feature set. This feature set contains a streamlined user interface that contrasts with the more inflated user interfaces on some competing Android phones, quick access to Android updates and a great camera app.
It is also worth remembering that Pixel sales have so far been hindered by a fairly limited selection of distribution partners in the United States and elsewhere. Although Pixel 2 and 2 XL work on the networks of all the top 4 US carriers, only Verizon (VZ) phones sell through their physical and electronic stores. In the UK, EE is the only operator to do it.
With Samsung having made relatively incremental updates to its Galaxy S and Note lines this year, just adding some more large transport partners may be enough for Pixel 3 and 3 XL to fulfill its predecessors meaninglessly. Although an unspectacular hardware feature set and a beaten, advanced smartphone market prevent the phones from seeing it as a "blockbuster" sales.
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