Faulty Pixel users to get up to $500 from Google

Ruben Fields
June 13, 2019

Google admitted to the fault in March 2017 and set about replacing the faulty phones.

"While one could always debate about the Pixel 3 price upgrade as compared to its Pixel 2 series ($150 more) vis-a-vis spec upgrade, it was the channel strategy which constrained the growth of Pixel 3", Karn Chauhan, Research Analyst at Counterpoint Research, told IANS. As we have seen phones with a full-view display in early 2018, now in 2019 nearly all companies are in the race of making phones with punch hole no-notch display and pop-up camera no notch display.

"With the $100 gift card promo that Google launched the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, though, they've become simply too irresistible to ignore, to the point that the black 3a is now the "#1 seller" over at B&H.

The mid-tier Pixel 3a and 3aXL, which cost Rs 39,999 and Rs 44,999 respectively, are now being seen as Google's attempt to revive dwindling sales numbers.

Regarding the cause of this drop, Google didn't mention any concrete details but it did highlight the general "pressures in the premium smartphone industry" at the moment.

After possibly managing to leak everything before the official launch of Google Pixel 3a, the rumour mills have started releasing leaks about the upcoming Google flagship device Pixel 4.

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The 3a and 3a XL displays aren't as advanced as those on the high-end Pixel smartphones. This new punch-hole design would certainly look better than the Pixel 3's big, wide notch.

The pixel 4 is expected to launch somewhere on October 19. This will then be accompanied by stock Android 9 Pie, eSIM support, Google's dedicated Titan M security chip, and the Active Edge squeezable frame.

On Amazon, where the new Pixels just went up for sale, the $100 deal is available for the black 3a XL only, but a gift card from Amazon will certainly go a longer way, too.

"The larger Pixel 3a XL offers a larger screen (6" vs. 5.6") and a larger battery (3,700mAh vs. 3,000mAh), but not much else. Regarding official pricing, USA market details are yet to leak.

In terms of availability, the devices were previously rumored to be Verizon exclusives.

At the price points mentioned above, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL probably won't become runaway successes.

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