Google will probably discontinue the Pixel 3 on Tuesday

Google will probably discontinue the Pixel 3 on Tuesday
The Pixel 2 succeeded the original Google Pixel in October of 2017 but sales of the latter continued for a further six months in an attempt to entice consumers looking for a lower-cost option. Google adopted a similar strategy with the arrival of last year’s Pixel 3 series by choosing not to discontinue the Pixel 2 until early April. But with the Pixel 4 just around the corner, Google’s about to switch up its strategy.

Tipster Ishan Agarwal has tweeted an image which he says compares every phone in Google’s updated 2019 Pixel lineup. The photo includes the upcoming Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL in addition to the Pixel 3a series but ultimately fails to mention the Pixel 3 flagships. This suggests Google’s going to immediately discontinue its 2018 devices upon the arrival of their respective successors on Tuesday.

Google has so far never chosen to not continue sales of its older flagships but this year the move makes perfect sense. In early May the Silicon Valley-based company introduced the Pixel 3a lineup which offers most of the Pixel 3’s features including its all-important cameras at a lower price point. Poor sales of the brand’s flagships have also forced it to permanently discount the Pixel 3 by $300 which positions it just $100 above the Pixel 3a lineup, a strategy that probably isn’t very profitable for Google.

Starting next week, the company will have two very clear options for consumers. Those looking for a low-cost device can acquire either the Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL while people on the lookout for a flagship will be able to buy the Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL.

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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5 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3802; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I think Google is making the mistake of trying to compete against Apple and Samsung with price. The Pixel 3A XL has shown that you don't have to have the latest and greatest to have the best smartphone experience. Google could easily undercut Samsung and Apple and OnePlus because they to are too expensive.

2. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't think they're trying to compete with Apple and Samsung because they can't compete with them. The prices they're charging may be what is needed to recoup the cost of the phone and maintain a profit. With the 3A series very little cost went into the camera because they reused the intellectual property that went into the Pixel 3.

4. DBozz

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

How will you make any profit when you dont sell your phones..

5. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Very True. They should just use plastic as in 3a phones in 4 as well and keep the price competitive as their old Nexus line-up. Another thing they need to add is some bigger capacity battery. Btw, kindly kill the hideous 3XL first, without a second thought or tiny pinch of guilt...

6. DBozz

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

he he... it already sells like its been discontinued an year ago

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