Google Pulls Back the Curtain on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Alfred Osborne
October 10, 2018

The tech giant released a video to social media suggesting that online bloggers who claim to know "everything about the Pixel 3" might be missing something.

That's why we've put the two phones head-to-head, comparing their design, display, specs, camera, battery and price, so you can see exactly what a difference a year makes.

On the Pixel 3 you'll have a 5.5in FullHD+ OLED screen, and on the Pixel 3 XL a 6.3in FullHD+ OLED display stares you in the face.

And the colors you can get the two phones in aren't identical either.

Notably, this feature appears to in no way have the functionality of Google Duplex - a service that can carry out limited conversations with real people on its own. Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to the research firm International Data Corp. As far as the camera goes, both devices have a 12.2MP single-lens rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture and 1.4μm.

So the Pixel 3 XL's screen is a little bigger and similar resolution. Like previous Pixel phones, you can get the 3 or the 3 XL in a choice of "Just Black" or "Clearly White".

There's no 3.5mm in or out, but the Home Hub has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and it works either as a Bluetooth speaker or as a "casting" target from Android phones.

It will be offered in dark blue colour and features a touchscreen with a possible aspect ratio of 3:2.

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Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with a new "top shot" feature that aims to remove photo flaws.

Google will, of course, also use its Home Hub to try to make money from you: by storing all your requests for information, news, music, video, travel, etc, to your profile and then neatly package it all up for advertisers. Storage also tops out at the same amount, namely 128GB. However, the frosted design of the part that is metal on the Pixel 2 duo fools you into thinking it isn't glass.

At the Pixel 3 press launch Tuesday, the company unveiled a new feature for its flagship smartphone that aims to make that most annoying of moments just slightly less so.

The version of Android they run is as Google intended, since these are Google phones, but they also both have some features you won't find on other handsets, such as Active Edge, which lets you squeeze the sides to launch Google Assistant. Whether or not you're a user of Google+, the fact that the company chose to withhold the information should give you pause, and force you to consider if you can depend on Google to notify you if or when even more serious data breaches occur.

The battery in the Google Pixel 3 XL meanwhile is a 3,430mAh one, down from 3,520mAh in the Google Pixel 2 XL. During a call, the stationary camera will track you, slowly panning and zooming to keep you in frame as you walk around your living room or kitchen, chopping vegetables or digging in the sofa for the lost remote.

Pixel 3 now starts at $799 ($150 more than last year) while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 ($50 more than last year). But if youre going to buy a Pixel 3 or 3 XL, you might want to just grab the Pixel Stand instead – thats Googles official wireless charger. If you cancel your service before both devices are paid off, you'll owe the balance of both devices (without any discounts) to the carrier. What can you expect from the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL?

Pixel 3 is IP68 water and dust resistant and has a security chip custom-designed by Google called Titan M, making it the most secure phone the company has built yet. The base model of the Pixel Slate starts at $599 which gets you an Intel Celeron processor 4 or 8GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage, respectively. I never bottomed out as the keys popped right back up as soon as I pressed them.

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