Google pixel 3 was launched on Tuesday 9th October 2018. This is definitely a smart phone that is way beyond us. The specs are mouthwatering and it is a device to really watch out for.
The Pixel 3 retains Google’s familiar two-tone design – the back has shiny glass at the top, while lower 80% has a matte finish. There’s a more seamless transition between the two textures, but it look hasn’t changed dramatically.
But the Pixel 3 series uses different materials this year. The entire back is made of soft-touch glass using Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It’s the same strengthened glass that protecting the front screen, and it’s all sandwiching an aluminum frame with that has a hybrid coating – that’s the only bit of metal you’ll find on the outside.
The 5.5-inch OLED screen fits into modern times. It’s big and expansive, and sits in a phone that’s smaller than we had expected given the screen size rumors. The entire thing measures 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm and weighs 148g. It’s roughly the same size as the Pixel 2, which had a smaller 5-inch display.
BATTERY LIFE AND SPECS
The Pixel 3 has a 2,915mAh battery, which is slightly smaller than we had hoped (the Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 3,000mAh and we think that could stand to last longer), but it’s still an improvement over last year’s 5-inch Pixel, which a 2,700mAh unit. Google’s Android 9 Pie software should give it more juice too.
You’ll still be able to get all-day battery life from this device with normal use, and you will certainly benefit from fast 18W and new wireless charging.
The Google Pixel 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 4GB of RAM. It’s unlikely to be the fastest performer when other phone makers are touting 6GB of RAM and Apple’s A12 chipset beats the Snapdragon 845 handedly. However, Google owning the hardware and software should prove beneficial for smooth performance.
The Pixel Visual Core is a separate, dedicated chip that helps give the camera that wow factor. Combined with the 12.2MP camera, we’ll see machine-learning features that pick the best photo to avoid blurriness and closed eyes called Top Shot.
The rear-facing camera’s f/1.8 aperture isn’t record-breaking among fast apertures, but modes like Night Sight are supposed to give the Google Pixel 3 the edge when taking nighttime photos. At the launch event, Google demonstrated how it can even beat the iPhone XS at low-light photos. It’ll shoot with larger 1.4 micron pixels and has optical and electronic image stabilization. Video records in 4K at a max of 30fps.
When it comes to selfie photos, we really liked the idea of Group Selfie Camera, the second camera on the front. The two 8MP cameras provide a normal 75 degree field of view or a 97 degree field of view. The apertures do differ here: f/2.2 for the wide-angle lens and f/1.8 for the normal selfie lens.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The Google Pixel 3 release date is Thursday, October 18 in the US, and November 1 in the UK and Australia. Availability of the phone is also slated for Canada, France, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Spain, and Taiwan.
Pre-orders begin around the world today. The US Google Pixel 3 price starts at $799 for the 64GB version, while the 128GB edition is $100 more at $899. Google’s larger Pixel 3 XL is also a $100 premium, in case you’re considering the larger screen size.
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Review by Techradar.