Google has finally shown off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. After months of deliberate leaks, rumors and even leaked unboxings, Google has finally announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, adding to their suite of smartphone devices. Google did try to stoke us with a troll ad deliberately teasing that there was more to the Pixel than just the leaks, and it seems like that wasn’t quite a major part of the case.
A number of different employees around the Google team showcased a number of features the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with. From AI enhancements to a few new tangy colors, it’s all here. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been refreshed to pack the latest internals. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL share a very common spec sheet with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL mainly differentiating themselves by their screen sizes and by the XL’s notch. The new display sizes are 5.5-inches and 6.3-inches respective to their names. In addition to that, speakers on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are 40% louder. We’re looking at the usual 2018 choice of flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 845, up to 4GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage and a display that may disappoint a few. On the inside, we’re looking at a 2915mAh battery on the Pixel 3 and a 3430mAh battery on the Pixel 3 XL.
As the rumors suggested, the larger Pixel 3 XL features a notch while the Pixel 3 does not. Whether you appreciate it or not, it doesn’t seem that bad after Google revealed the pricing for these devices.
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The new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL also have excellent security too. Google is introducing their Titan Security module too. This was a well-needed update as Apple led the pack with their recently announced T2 chip on their devices. Not only are these additions welcomed, but they’re also a nice touch on top of your usual lock screen.
Titan M enhances mobile security by protecting your unlock credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system code itself. – Google
However, just like any Pixel launch, it’s not about the internals but is about the software experience overall especially with all of the AI enhancements. Not only do the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL iterate on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s success but they have also integrated AI capabilities into a number of different camera modes. HDR+ is still here and a number of other tweaks are present algorithmically.
With the help of the Pixel Vision Core chip, Google claims that their photography experience is generations ahead of the pack. Not only are the enhancements now done on the phone now, but now the phone doesn’t have to rely on Google’s data centers as much anymore. To catch up with telephoto zoom found on other devices, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL yet again utilize AI to enhance images adding details via a burst of shots for an excellent zoomed-in experience. With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, we now get to see a wider group selfie too following LGs and its competitors moves. With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL we’re looking at a dual camera setup on the front of the device with the usual AI cherry on top too.
IP68 waterproof, Fast Charging and wireless charging are here too. Apart from adding fast-charging to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL via an 18W adaptor, Google is betting on its wireless charging capabilities too. Thanks to the Pixel Stand, you should now be able to wirelessly charge your Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Regarding pricing, it’s a relief to see that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are much cheaper than the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS/XS Max. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are set to retail for $799 and $899, respectively. There are three colors to choose from with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Just Black, Clearly White and the hilarious “Not Pink“.