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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now official

October 10, 2018

 

The day has finally arrived. The day where the almost endless amount of Pixel leaks comes to an end. At their Made By Google event in New York City, Google officially took the wraps off of their worst kept secrets -- the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Since they're now official, it's time to go over all of the confirmed details.

 

DISPLAY, DIMENSIONS, PROCESSOR

 

Starting with the smallest, the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch OLED display at 443 ppi (pixels-per-inch) and an 18:9 aspect ratio. It sports dimensions of 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm and weighs 148g. It's larger sibling, the Pixel 3 XL, has a 6.3-inch at 523 ppi, an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, and the controversial notch on top. It weighs 184g and has dimensions of 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm. Both handsets are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

 

Additionally, the Pixels come equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz + 1.6GHz) 64-bit Octa-Core processor, an Adreno 630 GPU, 4GB of RAM, Pixel Visual Core (to assist with HDR+ image processing), and a Titan M security module. Titan M was designed to protect sensitive information, app data, and to strengthen disk encryption. Android 9 Pie and the Google Assistant also come pre-loaded.

 

BATTERY AND CAMERA

 

New to the Pixel lineup is Qi wireless charging (finally). The Pixel 3 has an upgraded 2,915 mAh battery, while the Pixel 3 XL is fueled by a 3,430 mAh battery (smaller than the 3,520 mAh on the Pixel 2 XL). Both support 18W fast charging and can be charged via a USB Type C charging port.

 

The cameras are the same for both devices. Occupying the rear, is a single 12.2-megapixel camera that comes packed with auto focus and dual pixel phase detection, optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS+EIS), and a f/1.8 aperture. Turning the device around you'll see dual front-facing 8-megapixel cameras. The primary camera gives you a standard angle and has a f/1.8 aperture. Lastly, the secondary camera has a f/2.2, wide-angle lens.

 

 

FEATURES

Dual front-facing stereo speakers - It is 40% louder and richer compared to the predecessors.

 

Top Shot - A camera mode that takes several shots and uses AI to recommend the best pictures.

 

Group Selfies - The secondary front-facing camera allows you to get everyone in your selfie, thanks to a wide-angle lens.

 

Google Lens - Built into the camera app, this feature can help you find products online, identify landmarks, and so much more just by pointing your camera.

 

Super Res Zoom - This camera mode keeps your images sharp when you zoom in.

 

Motion Auto Focus - Simple feature that keeps a moving subject or object in focus.

 

Photobooth - Stick your tongue out or make funny expressions and the camera will automatically detect it and snap a photo. This gives you a hands-free camera experience.

 

Night Sight - Combines top-of-the-line computational photography and AI techniques to generate outstanding low-light shots.

 

Playground mode - This feature lets you add AR characters to your scenes. Not only that, they'll react to your expressions as well. Now you can take a selfie with Ironman anytime you want!

 

Unlimited online storage - Unlimited storage for your photos and videos at original quality through Google Photos until 2022.

 

 

Screen call - This allows the Google Assistant to answer a suspected spam call and then relay the response in real time. Then, you can decide to either answer it, end it, or block the number.

 

Flip to Shhh - By placing your phone face down onto a surface, the device will automatically mute sounds and notifications.

 

RELEASE DATE AND PRICE

 

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be pre-ordered today and the devices will be officially released on October 18th. Verizon Wireless is once again the exclusive carrier of Pixel, but you can also purchase unlocked directly through Google. The Pixel 3 starts at $799 for 64GB or $899 for 128GB, meanwhile the XL version starts at $899 for the 64GB variant and $999 for 128GB. Both handsets come in the following color options: Just Black, Not Pink (yes that's the official name of the color), and Clearly White.

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