Google Unveils The Pixel 3 And 3 XL
10 October, 2018 | Technology
Google has finally unveiled the new Pixel smartphones. After weeks of leaks, Google has revealed the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
The two new devices are built on last year’s Pixel design but now have larger displays and glass backs.
The smartphones are a little cheaper than the iPhone XS and XS Max with prices starting at £739 for the Pixel 3 and £869 for the XL.
Google is also adopting the same bezel-less design as the iPhone XS, with a 5.5-inch display on the Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch display on the Pixel 3 XL.
The back of the Pixel 3 now has a glass finish instead of aluminium. It will also now support wireless charging via the new Pixel Stand.
As with the Pixel 2, the emphasis is on the camera upgrades, which now includes AI powered features.
The camera on the back is a 12.2 MP dual pixel camera that has Google Lens built-in.
One the front, the Pixel 3 has dual 8MP front-facing cameras, one normal and a second with a wide-angle lens. There’s also a new selfie ready feature called “Photobooth mode” which will automatically take a selfie when it detects smiles, funny faces or any other gesture that might suggest you are about to take a selfie.
The cameras will now also support augmented reality feature (similar to Snapchat) via Playground.
“TopShot” is also another new camera feature that automatically takes a burst of photos and will then detect the best one.
Google has introduced another new camera feature called “NightSight”, which uses algorithms to automatically brighten dark images.
Away from camera upgrades, Google is also fighting spam calls with a new feature called “Call Screen”. When you receive a phone call, you will have the option to “screen call”. This enables you to ask the caller questions without having to pick up the call.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available in black, white and pink and will be released in the UK on the 1st November.