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Google officially unveils its new Pixel phones

by on09 October 2018

The $800 Pixel 3 and the $900 Pixel 3 XL

After months of rumors, Google has now finally announced its new Pixel smartphones at its special Made By Google event, the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.

While two new Pixel smartphones will, as their names suggest, have different size screens, there is not much difference between the two, at least on the hardware side.

Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are powered by a slightly downclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. Both smartphones also come with dual front cameras, with two 8-megapixel sensors, f/1.8-28mm and f/2.2-19mm. The rear single camera is a 12.2-megapixel one, f/1.8-28mm, with OIS, dual pixel PDAF, and dual-LED flash.

The big part of Google's presentation was focused on AI-enhanced camera features like the Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, Night Sight, Photobooth mode, and more.

Both smartphones also come with front dual speakers, fingerprint sensor at the back, IP68-rating, wireless charging, and single USB-C connector (luckily, USB-C Pixel Buds are bundled).

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The bigger screen and the biggest notch around

The Pixel 3 XL comes with a 6.3-inch OLED HDR screen with 2960x1440 resolution (532ppi) and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, it also comes with a big notch and a significant chin, mostly due to two front cameras and dual front speakers.

Design-wise, it measures at 158x76.7x7.9mm (6.22x3.02x0.31-inch) and weighs 184g. It will have a two-tone glass back, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, same as the front screen.

The Pixel 3 XL also comes with a bigger 3,430mAh battery as well.

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Notchless Pixel 3 might be interesting

The smaller Pixel 3 will probably be more interesting due to its simpler “notchless” design and a somewhat lower price.

As it comes with a smaller 5.5-inch OLED screen with 2160x1080 resolution and 2:1 ratio, and slightly lower pixel density at 443ppi, it is similar to the Pixel 2 smartphone, although with a slightly more screen space area. It also supports HDR, and the Always On mode, just like Pixel 3 XL.

As noted, the Pixel 3 will pack the same hardware and camera setup, but come with a smaller 2,915mAh battery, which is still larger than the one on the Pixel 2.

The Pixel 3 measures at 145.6x68.2x7.9 mm (5.73x2.69x0.31-inch) and weighs 148g. It also has a two-tone glass back which is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and has the same IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

As expected, both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will be coming with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.

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Color choices, price, and availability

Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available in Clearly White, Just Black, Not Pink color options, and should be available as of November 2nd, with pre-orders starting today.

Unfortunately, it appears that Google is also taking a page out of Apple's book, so new Pixel smartphones will come with a hefty price tag, with Pixel 3 going for $800 for the 64GB and $900 for the 128GB version, and the Pixel 3 XL selling for $900 for the 64GB and $1,000 for the 128GB version.

Google also unveiled the $79-priced Pixel Stand, a new Qi wireless charging stand which not only supports fast 10W charging, but also has quite a few other tricks up its sleeve, by showing pictures from Google Photos, allowing you to listen to music, use voice commands, turning the screen UI into something that is readable from distance and more.


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