And finally today Google put an end to the number of leaks and announced the next-generation Pixel smartphones. Both the devices are capable of stacking up against the greatest devices available in the market.
In terms of specifications both the devices features almost the same specifications, save for their batteries and displays.
As always there are two Pixel devices, differencing in screen sizes. The larger one dubbed as ‘Pixel 3 XL’ houses a 6.3″ P-OLED display screen with 1440 x 2960px resolution (532ppi). And there’s a big weird notch as well.
The regular Pixel 3, on the other hand, has a smaller display screen of size 5.5” (same as that of Pixel 2) but with 18:9 aspect ratio. This gives you about 10% more surface area. The screen isn’t the sharpest around as it has 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. No notch in this case.
Now let’s talk about similarities, both the devices support for HDR, Always On and color modes. The glass on both rear and front side of the devices are guarded by Gorilla Glass 5. There’s also a Boosted mode which will give punchier color (sRGB + 10%).
The other module where both the Pixel smartphones differ is the battery. The normal Pixel 3 is equipped with a 2,915mAh of the battery (an increase over the previous generation). And the Pixel 3XL has the battery capacity of 3,430mAh.
Thanks to the glass rear panel, both supports for wireless charging. Google has also introduced the Pixel Stand which can charge at 10W, as fast as the wired charger of the Pixel 2 phones. Moreover, the stand will also let you use your Pixel 3 device as a Google Home, like a photo frame and even as a sunrise alarm.
The device is packed with an 18W charger which as company claims will charge 7 hours of usage for 15 minutes of charging.
Since Google has introduced the first generation Pixel lineup, the one department where the company has continued to excel is the camera. And this Pixel 3 is no difference, both devices capture breathtaking photos. With the presence of advanced AI, things have gone even further.
Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a dual camera setup on the front side. And 8MP wide-angle 97° one with fixed focus, f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP normal 75° one with a bright f/1.8 aperture lens with autofocus (phase detection).
The dual selfie camera setup also features digital image stabilization.
On the rear side, there is still a single camera sensor. While OEM’s have started embedding 3 sensors, Google is still powering a single one. It’s same as that of the previous one, a single 12.2MP optically stabilized image sensor (with 1.4µm pixels) and an f/1.8 lens. The magic happens on the software side.
The AI system of Google has become so advanced that now when you capture a photo, it will automatically make sure that every person in the photo is in focus, smiling and has their eyes open. The system will itself pick the best photo of the several shots which you can view in Google Photos. HDR+ is on board once again and is joined by Top Shot.
Photobooth mode which will automatically snap a photo when you smile or make a goofy face is also there.
To make up for the telephoto lens, Google has included a Super Res Zoom AI application, which will enhance the detail of digital zoom.
The rear sensor is capable of capturing the video at 1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps 720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps 4K @ 30fps. Sadly not 4K video at 60fps but you do get Fused Video Stabilization.
Google also promised to bring a ‘Night Sight’ mode in the next software update which will help users to capture detailed low-light images
The Pixel 3 smartphones come with all the latest specifications you’d expect. Both the devices are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. The processor is coupled with 4GB of RAM (same as that of last year) and an option to choose from 64GB / 128GB storage. Sadly, no option for expanding the storage.
The thing to note here is that the CPU has 8 cores with 4×2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver. You can expect the latest Adreno 630 GPU.
Both the newly launched Pixel 3 devices have front-facing stereo speakers which produce quite a decent sound. Sadly, Google following the norm has also omitted the 3.5mm headphone jack. But to compensate that, for the first time, you’ll get a pair of headphones into the retail box.
These aren’t the normal standard headphones. You’ll get the new Pixel USB-C earbuds, with Google Assistant integration out of the box. They can handle voice commands, can read out new messages and compose a reply, even do the real-time translation.
USB-C to 3.5mm adapter has also been included in the retail box which as company claims will use less power.
IP68 certification isn’t a new thing to expect from this year’s flagship smartphone. But it’s an improvement over the last year’s IP67 which is a nice thing to see. For security purposes, Google is still relying on the fingerprint reader located on the rear side only.
Color option for the Pixel includes Just Black, Clearly White and a new Not Pink.
Price & Availability
As we mentioned above both are premium smartphones and the company has priced them according to the market standards. The Pixel 3 will start at $800 / £739 / €860 and the Pixel 3XL at $900 / £869 / €960.
The duo Pixel smartphone will be available for purchase starting October 19 in the US and November 2 is the date for Europe.