The arrival of a new model such as Google Pixel 3 implies looking back and checking the progress made by the manufacturer over the previous generation, in this case the Google Pixel 2. How has Google’s smartphone changed? Aesthetically, a couple of photos are enough to prove it. However, what about the differences between Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 2 on a technical level? The following comparison takes us out of doubt.
The novelties of a new model are those that can encourage us to buy it. The decision can be simpler or more complex depending on which smartphone to replace. If the new Google Pixel 3 is on your radar of options to renew mobile in the coming months, the following comparison with the differences between Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 2 may be of great help, either because You want to buy a Google Pixel or because you want to renew one generation for another.
Google Pixel 3 VS Google Pixel 2: design, size and weight
The first point to stand out from the comparison is, obviously, what came before our eyes, the design . In this section, Google apparently has not implemented major improvements . And is that the design of the casing does not present major changes compared to the aesthetics of Google Pixel 2. However, the glass used in the latest model offers a more careful finish with glass Gorilla Glass 5 and a hybrid coating with aluminum.
Also, Google introduces colors such as white, black and a rose that the firm labels as “almost pink”.
Regarding the dimensions and weight , the new Google Pixel 3 does not present drastic changes, given that the measurements are 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 millimeters versus 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 millimeters of the Pixel 2. In turn, the weight of the Pixel 3 is 148 grams compared to the 143 grams of the previous generation.
Pixel 3 screen
Closely related to the design of the new Google Pixel, but also with the experience of using the phone, the Pixel 3 screen is positioned. Google has decided to apply a new aspect ratio 18: 9 to lengthen the display and apply the concept of screen without frames with a screen ratio close to 80% compared to just over 68% in the previous generation.
Here we appreciate the first big difference of the comparison between Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 2 . Not only is there a change in the aspect ratio, but the panel is also different since there is an update of AMOLED technology to flexible OLED . In fact, DisplayMate already advances that the panel used by the North Americans is consolidated as the best in the market.
Also, the size rises significantly without influencing the dimensions of the smartphone. We went from a 5-inch FHD screen of Pixel 2 to 5.5 inches of Pixel 3 , with FHD + panel. That slight difference in the resolutions – as shown in the table – allows maintaining the density of points.
With regard to the technologies used, the great innovations offered by the Pixel 3 display versus Pixel 2 refer to the HDR and the Always on display function.
|Data||Google Pixel 3||Google Pixel 2|
|Screen type||5.5-inch HDR P-OLED / Gorilla Glass 5||5-inch AMOLED / Gorilla Glass 5|
|Resolution||FHD + (2,160 x 1,080 pixels) / 443ppp / 18: 9||FHD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) / 441ppp / 16: 9 /|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon [email protected] / Adreno 630||Qualcomm Snapdragon [email protected] / Adreno 540|
|Internal memory||64 GB / 128 GB||64 GB / 128 GB|
|Rear camera||12.2 mpx (f / 1.8) and 1.4 microns||12.2 mpx (f / 1.8) and 1.4 microns|
|Frontal camera||8 mpx (f / 1.8) + 8 mpx (f / 2.2)||8 mpx (f2.4)|
|Connectivity||4G Gigabit / WiFi ac Dual Band / Bluetooth 5.0 / GPS / NFC /||4G Gigabit / WiFi ac Dual Band / Bluetooth 5.0 / GPS / NFC /|
|Battery||LiPo 2,915 mAh / Quick Charge and wireless charging||LiPo 2,700 mAh / Quick Charge|
|Dimensions||145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 millimeters||145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 millimeters|
|Weight||148 grams||143 grams|
|OS||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
|Price||From 849 euros||–|
Processor, memory and RAM
If we take a look at the technical specifications of both models, we appreciate how there are significant changes inside the new model, at least as far as the processor is concerned. And is that the Pixel 3 comes equipped with the all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 , although lowered with a maximum frequency of 2.5 GHz.
Not only will there be a difference in the performance of both models in favor of the latter, but Google updates the chip with the introduction of the security module Titan M. While Pixel 2 also included the same hardware security solution last year, the big G has polished this point with more specific features. Thus, the processor provides greater security, at the same time greater capacity to process the tasks related to artificial intelligence, very present in the software of the firm, Android 9 Pie .
The central processing unit will also accommodate a third chip, the Pixel Visual Core . However, at the moment Google has not offered such precise details to know if this chip includes improvements in performance level, as well as new associated functions. Last year, he debuted at Pixel 2 with improvement work in the field of photography.
As far as internal memory and RAM are concerned, both Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 share the same configuration, with versions of 64 and 128 GB , without room for micro SD cards and 4 GB RAM .
Pixel Camera 3
At this point it is necessary to start with an appreciation. This first comparison focuses on the hardware section, assessing the improvements in this regard. However, in later articles we will face this point in a practical way to compare the photographic results and the improvements achieved by the Pixel 3.
Undoubtedly, highly anticipated information given the weight of the Pixel 2 camera in the sector, which has dominated with a clear difference over the last year despite the great progress of its opponents.
Stuck fully in the specifications of the rear camera of Pixel 3 , we appreciate how the configuration varies only in some points. For example, the sensor is, according to the time of specifications provided by the manufacturer, the same with resolution of 12.2 megapixels and a pixel size of 1.4 microns . There is also Dual Pixel technology with phase detection. However, the Pixel 3 loses the laser focusing system , although it gains spectrum and flicker sensors .
Together with these sensors, the Pixel 3 camera maintains software stabilization, electronic stabilization, but adds to the group of lenses the optical stabilization system . So, at this point there may be a difference that is noticeable in the photographic results. In any case, the maximum aperture of the lens is maintained with a value f / 1.8 , but not the amplitude, of 76 degrees in the new model.
The tone of the comparison between Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 2 changes when we face the front camera . In fact, at this point the new model introduces a big change by embracing a solution of dual 8-megapixel front camera .
One of them makes the function of wide angle with a lens of 97 degrees and aperture f / 2.2 while the second behaves as the main lens with aperture f / 1.8 and angular of 75 degrees.
Thus, the front camera of Pixel 2 remains in technical inferiority, a situation that will be enhanced with the help of software.
In the section of connections, both Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 are very competitive. Both have dual band ac WiFi connection with 2X2 MIMO technology, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS assisted (the Pixel 3 supports Galileo), or eSIM . The only difference is part of the 4G connectivity, with the Pixel 3 offering faster download speed on the Net.
The battery of the Pixel 3 grows in size, up to 2,915 mAh . However, to assess how good is the improvement offered by the difference in charge compared to Pixel 2 – with 2,700 mAh – it will be necessary to make a specific comparison that tells us if the increase in the size of the screen does not affect the autonomy times , that despite the fact that the hardware of the Pixel 3 is supposed to improve in energy efficiency.
Both have fast charging technology , although the new model adopts Qi wireless charging .
The official announcement of Pixel 3 has allowed us to know commercial information such as its price in Spain. This time the compact model will be distributed in our country and will do it at an amount of 849 euros in its 64 GB version.
In this sense, the Pixel 2 part with inequality since to buy it we have to resort to alternative ways as distributors. Amazon, for example, allows you to purchase the 64 GB version for around 670 euros .
So, the purchase of a model or another depending on the price can be decided depending on the ease we have to access Pixel 2 or future offers that can be detected on the Internet.