The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were finally unveiled by Google yesterday at its #madebygoogle event. The Pixel phones have been one of the most talked about smartphones this year with so many leaks. The leaks were true after all in terms of hardware and design and the big notch at the top of the Pixel 3 XL screen.
There are no drastic changes from last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL but there are certainly improvements. Better display, bigger screen, faster processor and wireless charging are the major improvements with the new Pixel devices. According to Google, there is a new Titan chip which is more secure than ever to protect your data; Google Assistant is also smarter and will automatically screen out spammy calls. The notch is, however, a major problem for some people as its bigger than the one on the iPhone XS. There is still no headphone jack as well.
The new Pixel smartphones come in 3 colours, the names are actually funny, we have the Just Black, Very White and Not Pink.
Last year’s Pixel smartphones came with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, as expected, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL features the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset which of course is faster than its predecessor.
The new Pixel devices ship Android 9.0 out of the box although this has been available for users on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. All new features of the Android Pie such as the gestures, quick settings panel, etc can be found on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
In terms of memory and storage, there is still the 4GB RAM and storage options of 64GB and 128GB ROM, no space for external microSD card slot if you are thinking about expanding.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Display
The screens are larger this time with the Pixel 3 coming at 5.5-inch OLED full HD+ display at a resolution of 2160×1080 and a 443ppi density with a Corning Gorilla 5 protection. Pixel 3 XL, on the other hand, comes with a larger 6.3-inch OLED HD+ with a display resolution of 2960×1440. It’s screen to body ratio comes at 18.5:9 with the former 18:9. It has a stronger 523ppi density but both smartphones have the capacity to show full 24-bits or 16.77 million colours.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Camera
By now, everyone knows the Pixel smartphones are the best camera phones in the market, the Pixel 2 XL beats the iPhone XS camera and the Google has made improvements on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, just imagine what the camera will look like.
The biggest physical changes come with the front facing camera, the big notch houses an extra camera. The extra camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens which comes with a 97-degree-field-of-view means you can capture more people on a portrait mode when taking selfies. Google lens is also inbuilt with the camera app which automatically detects things when you take photos. Other key camera features are:
- Night mode for low-light pictures
- 40% faster HDR+ processing
- More details when zooming
- Top shot which recommends an alternative shot when you take pictures.
Wireless Charging Support
For the first time, there is wireless charging support for the Pixel devices which is made possible by its all-glass back. The new Pixel smartphones can be charged by Q1 wireless charging stand, whichever you can lay your hands, but Google will be selling its own accessories including the charging stand which shows Pictures slideshows and Assistant information when the phone is docked, this can be stopped though.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Batteries
Surprisingly, Pixel 3 has an improved battery but not the Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel 2 came with a 2,700mAh battery while the new Pixel 3 comes with a 2,915mah battery. It’s baffling than the Pixel 3 XL battery is a downgrade from the Pixel 2 XL, it comes with a 3,430mAh Lithium battery, both are non-removable.
Google also introduced a new tablet called Google Slate.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Pricing and Pre-Order
Pre-order is now open, the Pixel 3 64GB storage variant costs $799, while the 128GB variant costs $899. Same variants for the Pixel 3 XL costs $899 and $999 respectively. Pre-order now at Google Store.