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Google Pixel 3 vs Pixel 2 vs Pixel series: How Google phones evolved in last two years?

11 October 2018 5

After a long streak of rumors and leaks, Google finally took the stage to wrap off the cover from the much-anticipated flagships Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both the devices were in rumors from the past few weeks and we have new leaks almost on daily basis. Now both the flagships are up for pre-orders, everyone is keen to know what kind of new goodies latest Pixel 3 lineup is bringing on board to lure customers. It is important to mention that being the latest premium phones the Pixel 3 series will have to face stiff competition from Apple's latest flagships as well as other premium phones in the market.

However, before competing against the other OEMs premium phones, the Pixel 3 lineup will have to prove its worth in front of older Pixel 2 series and original Pixel phone buyers. There are many customers who own the first gen of Pixel phones and now they are planning to upgrade to the latest Pixel 3 series. Like always we will put the latest phone against its predecessors on the basis of hardware specs sheet to know better the real differences and similarities.

Today we will put the latest Pixel 3 series in head-to-head comparisons against the last year's Pixel 2 and original Pixel phones. We are hopeful this will help you a better understanding of what's changed in the last two years. Undoubtedly with the Pixel phones, Google sets a new bar for camera king and from last two years pixels beating all others with its software prowess. Without any further ado, let's find out how the latest Pixel 3 series are different from the predecessors in terms of display, design, hardware, camera, battery, software, and price. Starting with the design. ​

76.7 x 158 x 7.9 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
76.2 x 157.5 x 7.6 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
75.7 x 154.7 x 8.6 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9 mm
5.5 inches - 2160x1080 px
69.7 x 145.7 x 7.8 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
69.5 x 143.8 x 8.6 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
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The original Pixel and Pixel XL phones have similar design language, the only difference was in size. Google also opted glass and metal sandwich design, however, the finish was way different than any other phone in the market. Unlike most of the phones, it has only a small portion of glass on the rear top. We can account it one-third of the total rear. The remaining two portions were made up of metal.

The glass portion features the circular fingerprint scanner in the center and a single rear snapper on the top left side. The metal portion has an antenna strip on the bottom and Google's G branding in the center. Both the devices have significant bezels around the display but still, both have on-screen navigation buttons. Both have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port for connectivity, however, lacks any resistance against water and dust. Both have single bottom firing speakers.

The Pixel 2 series didn't bring any significant change in terms of design. The prominent improvements are antenna lines were not visible. The glass portion only has a rear camera and LED flashlight whereas fingerprint scanner was moved to the metal portion. The G branding remains the same as the first-gen.

Unlike the Pixel series, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have different front-facing design apart from size difference. The Pixel 2 retains the traditional thick bezels design with 16:9 display whereas the Pixel 2 XL features a bezel-less design with 2:1 display. Both the Pixel 2 phones have dual front-facing speakers on top and bottom bezels. Both are IP67 certified which provides resistance up to 1-meter deep water. Both have USB-C port but lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack. Another new feature introduced with the Pixel 2 phones was squeezable frame AKA Active Edge which activates Google Assistant on squeezing frame.

This year once again the Pixel 3 series are taking the design cues from the last year phones. The Pixel 3 XL has the trendy notch design whereas the Pixel 3 has the bezel-less design like the Pixel 2 XL. Another good thing is both the devices have full glass rear, however, it has two tones finish with different textures. The top portion featuring rear camera and flashlight comes with glossy finish whereas the bottom portion has a matte finish. Both the devices are waterproof and also lacks 3.5mm headphone jack.

Specs Dimensions Weight
Pixel 3 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm 148g
Pixel 3 XL 158 X 76.7 X 7.9mm 184g
Pixel 2 145.7 X 69.7 X 7.8mm 143g
Pixel 2XL 157.9 X 76.7 X 7.9mm 175g
Pixel 143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3mm 143g
Pixel XL 154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3mm 168g


The Pixel and Pixel 2 both have 5-inches display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Both the devices aspect ratio are 16:9 and the pixels density is 441 pixels-per-inch. Despite being entry-level models both have OLED display panel. So you don't have to worry about deep black and colors accuracy.

The Pixel XL was featuring a 5.5-inches display with 16:9 aspect ratio. The OLED display screen resolution was Quad HD and the pixels density was 534 pixels-per-inch. With the Pixel 2 XL, Google stepped up their game by introducing bezel-less design. The Pixel 2 XL features a 6.0-inches display with an aspect ratio of 2:1. The OLED display features QuadHD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and pixels density of 534 pixels-per-inch. Despite the fact, the Pixel 2 XL has a larger display but still, it retains similar pixels density like the Pixel XL.

This year Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 that's why Google fits 0.5 larger display in the same compact body like the predecessors.

The Pixel 3 XL sports a 6.3-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution. Due to notch design, its aspect ratio is 18.5:9. This year we have seen many OEMs adopted the trendy notch design so it's no surprise to see the notch on the Pixel 3 XL. It also supports HDR like most of the latest premium phones. The display panel on both the devices is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.


The good thing is Google always bring similar camera setup on both Pixel and Pixel XL. Unlike Apple who brings new goodies exclusive to the premium models only. Both the Pixel phones have a 12.3MP sensor on the rear side. The aperture is f/2.0 and pixels size is 1.55µm. It features laser and phase detection autofocus. Up front, the selfie snapper is an 8MP module with f/2.4 aperture. It has fixed focus and pixels size is 1.4µm.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL retains similar camera setup like the predecessors. The rear sensor is 12.2MP with laser and phase detection autofocus. The pixels size is 1.4µm and aperture is f/1.8. The front-facing camera was exactly same like the predecessor. Google brings new software goodies with the Pixel 2 lineup instead of bringing new camera sensors. For instance, despite having a single sensor on the rear and front the Pixel 2 brings support for portrait mode shots with blurred background.

The Pixel 3 lineup also has a single camera on the rear side. The primary sensor remains 12.2MP with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4µm pixels. The single cameras still support portrait mode shots but now you can adjust depth manually. A Night Sight mode is introduced to enhance the capturing capabilities in low-light scenarios.

The front-facing selfie snappers on both the devices are dual 8MP modules. The primary sensor is a wide-angle module with f/2.2 aperture and 107 degrees field of view whereas the secondary sensor is a telephoto lens with f/1.8 aperture and FOV is 75-degrees.


Like the similar camera's setup, both the standard and phablet model has similar hardware under the hood. The Pixel and Pixel XL have the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chipset with 4GB RAM. The base variant has 32GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 128GB storage. Both the devices lack support for memory expansion via MicroSD.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset with 4GB RAM. The base variant has 64GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 128GB storage. Being the latest flagships the Pixel 3 lineup has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC with 4GB RAM and same storage variants like the predecessor.

With each passing year, Google brings the latest best hardware on board. So in terms of performance, you will get the latest best every year. Overall the Pixel phones are quite fast and smoother thanks to a stock version of Android OS.

Google claims the latest Pixel 3 series audio setup is 40% louder than the predecessor. The Pixel 2 was the first-pixel lineup phone with dual front-facing speakers. In terms of audio performance, Google is bringing significant improvements since the first version of Pixel phone.

Specs Pixel 3 XL Pixel 3 Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2 Pixel XL Pixel
Display 6.3-inches 5.5-inches 6-inches 5-inches 5.5-inches 5-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels 1080 x 1920 1440 x 2560 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 821 Snapdragon 821
Storage 64,128GB Non-Expandable 64,128GB Non-Expandable 64, 128GB Non-Expandable 64, 128GB Non-Expandable 32,64GB Non-Expandable 32,64GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12.2MP 12.2MP 12.2MP 12.2MP 12.3MP 12.3MP
Front camera Dual 8MP Dual 8MP 8MP 8MP 8MP 8MP
Battery 3,430mAh 2,915mAh 3,520mAh 2,700mAh 3,450mAh 2,770mAh
USB Type-C Type-C Type-C Type-C Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No No No Yes Yes
water resistance Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

The Pixel has a 2,770mAh battery cell whereas the larger variant Pixel XL has a 3,450mAh battery. Both the devices support quick charging. Google claims the devices can serve seven hours on just 15 minutes of charging.

In 2017, Google brought minor improvements in the battery section the standard Pixel 2 has 2,700mAh battery whereas the Pixel 2 XL has 3,520mAh battery. Both also support quick charging and 7 hours of battery life on 15 minutes charging. The Pixel 3 packs a 2,915mAh battery whereas the Pixel XL's battery is slightly smaller at 3,430mAh. It also supports quick charging and wireless charging thanks to glass rear.


The Pixel was pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.0 straight out of the box. The devices have few exclusive features including Pixel camera, launcher and first smartphone with Google Assistant. Since then the devices are receiving new updates pretty quickly and currently running on the Android Pie.

The Pixel 2 lineup was introduced with Android Oreo. Like the original Pixel phones, it also brings few exclusive features like the squeezable frame, improved Pixel launcher. The Pixel 2 series is also currently on the latest Android Pie.

Last but not the least the Pixel 3 is pre-installed with Android Pie. One of the new exclusive features for the Pixel 3 series is "Flip to Sssh" which automatically turns the device silent when it is put flat on the surface. Overall UI experience on all the devices is the same as all are running on the stock version of Android.


As far as pricing is a concern the Pixel and Pixel XL lineup is around $400 for the base model whereas the Pixel 2 base model with 64GB storage is around $500 whereas the Pixel 2 XL is around $650. The Pixel 3 with 64GB storage can be purchased at $799 whereas the 128GB model costs $899. The Pixel 3 XL base variant with 64GB storage can be grabbed at $899 whereas the top of the line model with 128GB storage costs $999. At the moment both the Pixel 3 phones are currently up for pre-orders via Google official store and Verizon.


The new Pixel phones are definitely better than the predecessors, however, not all aspects are appreciated by everyone. The notch implementation is under criticism from day one, Google's notch is significantly larger in terms of length. The Pixel and Pixel 2 doesn't bring any significant change in the design, however, the Pixel 2 XL has a 2:1 display. This year base model has a bezel-less design whereas the Pixel 3 XL has notch. Despite the fact, both have glass but still, the two-tone finish distinguish it from other premium phones with glass rear.

In the camera department, Google brings improvements with each new iteration and the chances are high the latest gen will be the best amongst all and even it could beat the P20 Pro who is currently ruling the camera segment. Feel free to share your views in the comments section below regarding the Pixel 3 vs Pixel 2 and Pixel series in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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  • The Google Pixel is available at Amazon for $ 247. The price/quality is avarage but this is the best device in this price range.
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