This past Tuesday, Google
trotted out a new round of Pixel phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
. The latter of those two sports what is becoming a familiar notch at the top of the display, making it a target for criticism and, in the case of Samsung
, some playful snark. Yes, Samsung is sometimes like those Muppets who sit in the balcony (Statler and Waldorf) and relentless heckle whoever happens to be in the spotlight.
Right now it's Google that is in the spotlight, with its Pixel 3 starting at $799 and Pixel 3 XL starting at $899. Those are premium price tags for sure, but are they worth the money? For the most part, the answer is subjective (we have a few initial hands-on impressions
), though there are some objective facts to help make that decision. One is the notch—the Pixel 3 XL has one.
Samsung took to Twitter to mock certain design elements of the Pixel 3 XL, saying it's "time to botch the notch" and noting that the Pixel 3 XL is so large "you could land a plane on it." Both of those comments came from Samsung's official mobile account, and were in response to Google asking on Twitter for any questions people might have about its new handsets.
It doesn't look like Samsung was in the inquisitive mood, but showed up anyway, because that's what companies apparently do these days. Fast food chain Wendy's is sort of a blueprint for connecting with its crowd on Twitter in a humorous fashion, sometimes taking potshots at other companies (like IHOP). But Samsung is no stranger to snark, either.
Samsung has mocked Apple on many occasions, including for the notch on the iPhone X. In this case, it's taking aim at Google and criticizing the Pixel 3 XL's RAM allotment and lack of expandable storage, in addition to the notch.
It's an interesting dynamic, given that Samsung is so heavily dependent on Google's Android operating system for its own mobile devices. However, it shows that any company is fair game when it comes to Samsung's heckling.