Google struggled to sell Pixel 3 smartphones last quarter
by Joshua Swingle / Apr 29, 2019, 7:43 PM
Google struggled to sell Pixel 3 smartphones in Q1
During Alphabet’s earnings call (via 9To5Google) earlier today, the company's Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat revealed that Google experienced a year-on-year decline in Pixel smartphones sales during the first quarter of 2019. Specific numbers weren’t provided, but the negative results do appear to have dragged down the company’s hardware business as a whole.
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. Moreover, it noted the “heavy promotional activity” by competitors which have been struggling to keep sales up recently.
Another factor that wasn’t mentioned but one that may have negatively affected Pixel 3 smartphone sales is design. Although Google’s smartphone cameras have once again received almost universal praise, the larger Pixel 3 XL has been heavily criticized since before it even launched due to the large notch and huge chin that it features.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were also plagued with memory management issues, something that affected day-to-day use by prematurely closing apps running in the background.
New Pixel hardware is coming May 7th
Despite the lack of Pixel sales, Google pointed out that it was pleased with the “momentum for Assistant-enabled home devices, particularly the Home Hub and Mini devices.” It also mentioned plans for hardware announcements on May 7th at Google I/O, essentially confirming the Pixel 3a’s debut at the event.
The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, for those of you that don’t already know, are expected to represent Google’s first entries in the mid-range smartphone segment. Building upon the reputation of flagship Pixels, both Pixel 3a smartphones are expected to carry the same rear camera as the Pixel 3 and support software features such as Night Sight. But in order to keep costs down, a number of modifications have been made internally.
Rather than utilizing Qualcomm’s flagship-level Snapdragon 845, the Pixel 3a duo is expected to include the Snapdragon 670 which will be paired with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. 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. The smartphones also look set to support 18W fast charging. Speaking of which, the 5.6-inch Pixel 3a will carry a 3,000mAh battery while the 6-inch Pixel 3a XL should feature a larger cell, although its capacity is yet to be specified.
What will the Pixel 3a series cost? And can it save the day?
Pre-orders for the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are expected to commence immediately after their announcement at Google I/O next week. Regarding official pricing, US market details are yet to leak. However, previous information has pointed towards price points of $400/€450 for the Pixel 3a and $500/€550 for the Pixel 3a XL.
In terms of availability, the devices were previously rumored to be Verizon exclusives. However, more recent reports suggest T-Mobile will also carry them. And for those of you out there that aren’t fans of carriers, the smartphones should be sold unlocked via the Google Store too.
At the price points mentioned above, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL probably won’t become runaway successes. But with Google’s smartphone business currently struggling, a boost from the mid-range segment could be all it needs to get back on track.
- Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
- Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 3430 mAh
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Notcheless XL would have sold more.
posted on Apr 29, 2019, 7:48 PM 10
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They are not listening to the consumers, they listen with first generation but after the success of original pixels they actually started to act like Apple by giving what they want give not what consumers need, A 4gb ram in pixel 3 series, ugliest notch even when may be whole market knows that consumers hate big notches, No major camera improvement(pixel 1and2 are top of DxOMark's list at their time) or creativity in camera department., are some of the reasons of there problems in selling them because customers don't want it.
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 8:43 AM 0
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I thought eye phone arena reported that pixel phones were the fastest growing brand?https://www.phonearena.com/new
s/Report-says-Pixels-are-the-fastest-growing-smartphone-brand-in-the-states_id113550 Which is it eye phone arena? U confuse me!
posted on Apr 29, 2019, 8:18 PM 3
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It's only natural for you personally to get confused.
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 12:01 AM 0
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Almost every OEM had the same issue in Q1 e.g. Apple, Samsung, Sony https://www.theverge.com/2019/
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 12:56 AM 0
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I pre-ordered my Pixel 3XL and after few month there was 200 dollars discount on store. That's most disappointing phone buy for me till date. Pixel's camera is only thing where i can rest my heart. Shame on you google.
posted on Apr 29, 2019, 8:18 PM 2
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That is why it is good to wait at least 2 months after sales start.
posted on Apr 29, 2019, 8:44 PM 11
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4GB RAM is a joke.
posted on Apr 29, 2019, 9:36 PM 5
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For most users 4 gb RAM is enough. It is the battery on this phone that is a joke
posted on Apr 29, 2019, 9:45 PM 3
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I just got one. Can't wait to try it.
posted on Apr 29, 2019, 11:33 PM 1
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Pixel XL, ugly. Pixel 2 Xl, slightly less ugly. Pixel 3, ugliest phone on the market anywhere. Their solution to ugly, underperforming phone line? Sell an equally ugly and underpowered mid-range phone. Brilliant!
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 12:10 AM 1
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I prefer Stock Android to heavily skinned Android, but the Pixel line has been plaughed with too many issues since the OG Pixel was launched. The design of the Pixel 3XL was fugly, also. Get the design and software right, make sure you add the proper amount of RAM, and Google may actually have a winner, besides the camera.
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 12:18 AM 1
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They're overpriced. That's why. The 3a/XL needs to be (at MOST) $350/450 given the specs. Personally, I think they're DOA because of the 64GB of storage. Midrange now means a minimum of 128GB. No negotiations.
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 12:51 AM 1
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The problem with pixel is that they market the product as apple. They should compete with chinese iphone clones and provide high spec and better features.
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 1:19 AM 0
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Apple does not force you to save everything to their cloud server.You have option to save to iPhone and backup to MacBook unlike Pixel 3 which does not give you options. It forces you to save all contacts to their server.
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 1:39 AM 0
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A poorly build phone with last year specs, giant notch, no jack, garbage mics has a problem with low sales? Other than pure camera performance, because you don't have wide or zoom or anything extra, this phone is not worth it ... well, unless you get it with 50-65% discount.
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 1:29 AM 1
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The Chinese manufacturers are disrupting the flagship game to a large degree. OnePlus has been making really good devices, and Huawei has been coming on the scene as well. It's hard to find the value in a $1000 Pixel, vs a $600-700 OnePlus/Huawei with the same processor, more RAM, and a camera that is almost as good. While the Pixel owns the photography game right now, is the camera worth $300?
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 7:50 AM 0
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maybe if the 3XL, like its predecessors, didn't launch with singificantly more issues than other OEM's phones (speaker distortion, call quality issues, the list goes on), lackluster battery life, and cheap out on the RAM they'd be selling more lol
posted on Apr 30, 2019, 8:34 AM 0
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