If you were underwhelmed by Apple’s latest lineup of Phones, Google is here to try and coax you to the Android side with two new flagship devices of its own. Meet the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. With larger screens, more advanced cameras, and some very cool software features, there could be enough here to sway a lot of Apple fans.
Let’s start with the easy stuff. Google’s new flagship devices come equipped with bigger screens tanks to some bezel shrinking magic. The base Pixel 3 moves up to a 5.5” screen and the 3 XL now features a 6.3” display. Strangely, the 3XL features a large notch in the display, like so many other new phones, but the smaller 3 goes for a more traditional look more like the Samsung S9.
Flip the phones over, and the two-tone rear cover design has returned, but Google has pulled a visual trick with this one. Rather than being two pieces of material, the back is one giant sheet of Gorilla Glass, just with a finish variation. This means that for the first time ever, the Pixel phones have wireless charging.
Actual hardware specifications are what you would expect from any Android flagship device in 2018. We have a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, and storage options of either 64GB or 128GB. The batteries are slightly small at 2,915 mAh for the Pixel 3 and 3,430mAh for the 3 XL. They do both feature fast charging over wireless or USB C.
No, there is no headphone jack. Because Google hates you and it hates music.
While it’s still technically hardware, we feel that Google’s cameras deserve their own section. When it came to smartphone cameras, the Pixel 2 XL was the best on the market. Period. Google is hoping to keep that trend going with the new Pixel 3 devices. But rather than jump on the bandwagon of slapping a million lenses on to the back of the phone, Google is again sticking with a single 12 megapixel shooter. It’s just doing everything it can to make that one lens really good.
By using a larger than average sensor, coupled with some really impressive software tricks, the Pixel 3 camera looks astonishing. Google is showing off features like a special digital zoom that uses astronomy photography tricks to increase quality. It basically takes multiple images at slight offsets to help the software produce a cleaner image with less of the resolution artifacting you get with normal digital zooms.
It is also using a similar kind of technology to enhance low-light photography using a trick Google has named Night Sight. Finally Google wants the Pixel to make those nights out with friends even more fun with an integrated Photo Booth mode. It uses software to detect when people are smiling or performing some sort of action, and it snaps the shot automatically without the need to press the shutter button.
All in all it seems like the camera is going to be mighty impressive.
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