On Tuesday, Google announced two new flagship phones – Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL along with a bunch of some other devices. But the launch event didn’t go as expected. Many people are, in fact, unhappy about the new devices.
The disappointment is not because of the massive leaks that were flooding on the Internet, or due to the fact that Google fooled people with their last-minute video on the leaks. But most of all, doing nothing about the deep, ugly looking notch on Google Pixel 3 XL.
At the time of the event, the company subtly managed to hide it from the public eye with sneaky camera angles and stuff. But at the end of the day, it’s there. No wonder, Google CEO Sundar Pichai didn’t show up at the event at all.
As it turns out, Google has a justification for their unusual notch. In reply to a user complaining about the notch, Google tweeted:
The notch enables us to provide the best cameras (two, one of which is wide angle) and audio experience. Pixel 3 also has a smaller border & front-firing speakers to provide optimum sound quality. Our notch-to-display ratio is actually less than many top competitors.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 9, 2018
I get it! It’s the new trend, and smartphones have to follow other smartphones to grab the market. OnePlus did it, and now you are doing too. But the argument that Google is giving just seems weak.
Reason being – there is no logical reason to put up a notch at all. If it’s about the new camera, the Pixel 3 has it too, which apparently follows the same design as of the Google Pixel 2XL. If it’s about the speakers, Pixel 3 has actually shortened the length of the top stereo speaker, because of the notch.
Then there is “notch-to-display ratio being less.” I don’t know if they are actually aware of the competitors or not, OnePlus 6T is coming with a far “better” notch than Google. The high-end device purportedly costing $550 is coming with a water drop-notch.
As The Verge also mentions, Apple gave us a reason. Instead of calling it a notch, it is “True depth camera system.” While that is also not a strong argument, considering the aesthetics of an edge-to-edge smartphone. But at least, they brought new tech for iPhone users to lay a case. What should Google Pixel user say?