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Finally! Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL Launched!

Pixel 3 & Pixel 3XL

We are in 2018 where every big phone companies are launching there smartphone flagship models to the world. Google has also unveiled yesterday its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Well, let’s be honest, we were not at all surprised by the Pixel 3 design and the way it looks because of the render leaks and the hype it had for the launch, we all knew how it is going to look and also knew about the notch. We are surely not surprised but we’re surely excited nonetheless.

The difference between Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is that the Pixel XL carries the larger display and larger battery that comes with the larger form factor. Otherwise, the Pixel 3 is every bit as powerful as the XL. It packs the same Snapdragon 845 chipset, the same cameras, the same Android experience, the same speakers and wireless charging. Pixel 3 XL is basically for the big screen lovers.

Let’s have a look at the Specification of both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

 

Specification:

Google Pixel 3 XL specs

  • Body: Glass on the front and back with an aluminum frame in the middle
  • Screen:6.3-inch, 18.5:9 2960×1440 AMOLED, 523 PPI
  • Rear Camera: 12.2MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55”, 1.4µm, PDAF(dual pixel); 2160p@30 video
  • Front Camera: Dual 8MP, f/2.2 wide angle (97-degree) fixed focus, f/1.8 regular angle (75-degree) autofocus
  • Chipset: 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, (4xKryo 385 Gold @2.5GHz + 4x Kryo 385 Silver @ 1.6GHz), Adreno 630; Pixel Visual Core; Titan M security module
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, non-expandable
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Battery: 3,430mAh, Power Delivery 2.0 quick charging (18W adapter in the box); Wireless Charging (15W) Qi standard
  • Connectivity: 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (on the back); Stereo speakers

 

Google Pixel 3 specs

  • Body: Glass on the front and back with an aluminum frame in the middle
  • Screen: 5.5-inch, 18:9 2160×1080 AMOLED, 443 PPI
  • Rear Camera: 12.2MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55”, 1.4µm, PDAF(dual pixel); 2160p@30 video
  • Front Camera: Dual 8MP, f/2.2 wide angle (97-degree) fixed focus, f/1.8 regular angle (75-degree) autofocus
  • Chipset: 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, (4xKryo 385 Gold @2.5GHz + 4x Kryo 385 Silver @ 1.6GHz), Adreno 630; Pixel Visual Core; Titan M security module
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, non-expandable
  • OS:  Android 9.0 Pie
  • Battery: 2,915mAh, Power Delivery 2.0 quick charging (18W adapter in the box); Wireless Charging (15W) Qi standard
  • Connectivity: 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (on the back); Stereo speakers

 

What’s New in Pixel 3?

  • While last year the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL differed in that the small device had a conventional 16:9 screen and the large one a tall-aspect 18:9, this year both devices have modern displays.
  • Both phones have an aluminum frame with a hybrid coating that sits between the front and back Gorilla Glass 5 plates.
  • The Google Pixel 3 skipped the notch and comes with a 5.5-inch 18:9 2160x1080px AMOLED screen while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch 2960x1440px AMOLED with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and the deepest notch we’ve ever seen on a phone and forget about symmetry as the bottom bezel (or chin as the kids are calling it) is fatter to accommodate the bottom stereo speaker.
  • The top stereo speaker sits in the notch on the Pixel 3 XL and the top bezel of the Pixel 3. We can’t really say if the new stereo speakers are a notch above the old ones, but we sure hope they don’t crack and distort like them.
  • On the back, there’s a frosted glass inlay inserted into the glossy glass panel that retains the dual-tone design. Google calls it soft touch glass and it keeps the illusion that the back is still made of metal while allowing for wireless charging.
  • Both the devices are now IP68 resistant which means they’re dust tight and can withstand water up to a 1.5m for 30 min.
  • Battery-wise, the Pixel 3’s 2,915mAh unit is a step up from the Pixel 2’s 2,700mAh while the Google Pixel 3 XL is a step 90mAh down with its 3,430 mAh. Android 9 Pie’s Adaptive battery should help equal that difference out.
  • Google is introducing something called Call Screen, which will allow the Assistant to screen your calls to let you know who’s calling (this will be a US-only feature)

  • Google Lens has received an update that allows it to show suggestions, read QR codes, copy numbers and addresses straight from the camera on the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, in real time.
  • With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Google is introducing Titan M, a custom-made security chip that protects sensitive data on the phone.
  • Playground on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL enables AR stickers and superheroes in the camera viewfinder (similar to what the Pixel 2/2 XL did). Since it’s 2018 we’re also getting Playmoji on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL which can react to you and read your facial expressions.
  • Google has underclocked the CPU of the Snapdragon 845 chipset that powers the Pixel 3 phones. The big Kryo 385 Gold cores are at 2.5GHz (0.2GHz down) and the smaller Silver cores are at 1.6GHz (0.1GHz down). This is done to improve battery life and should only impact peak performance, no CPU today can hit its max clocks under a sustained workload.

Pixel 3 & 3 XL Price and Availability:

The Pixel 3 starts at Rs 71,000 in India for the 64GB variant and Rs 80,000 for the 128GB unit. The larger Pixel 3 XL starts at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant, and Rs 92,000 for the top-end 128GB version. The Pixel 3 XL will be exclusively available on Flipkart, with pre-orders beginning on October 11.

Our Thoughts on Pixel 3:

Despite teasing the tech community until the last moment over the notch on Twitter, Google released the same phone we had been expecting. To be honest, it was a not an exciting launch to see as a viewer. Google did not make any major changes to the Pixel. The launch was only focused on Camera enhancement including the cool software features, a little bit about Google Assistant’s Screen Call feature and the Pixel Stand! We get it, Pixel is the best in camera. What else is there in Pixel 3? we wanted more from Pixel 3, We expected more from Pixel 3 in comparison to the price tag it comes with.

No doubt the Pixel 3 will be beast when it comes to pure android performance, but the design is the same as Pixel 2 (except the NOTCH). By just adding a new color to the pixel family you cannot attract the existing Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL owners to upgrade.

We were expecting Pixel 3 to be the game-changer in the Flagship segment or maybe a Flagship throne winner phone of the year. Can it?

Let us know in the comments what do you think about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Published by

Hasin Gada

Chief-Editor

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