Google Pixel 3 First Impressions

After months of flight after the leak, Google has officially unveiled its smartphones Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Both handsets look exactly like what we saw in the first pictures and renderings, and although the element of surprise can disappear, we still have two great Android handsets to talk about. All you need to know about Pixel 3. Listen, 2018 is not the most exciting year for smartphones. Being polite is a year of refinement. The 5G arrives, a little in 2019 and a lot in 2020, and things will go crazy then. For now, enjoy a phone with a beautiful camera that will hopefully call the electrician for you.

Google Pixel 3 promises to provide you with the best smartphone camera in 2018 – or at least the bold title that Google wants to claim with its smart camera. We were able to familiarize ourselves with the new 5.5 inch Android Pie phone, available in three colors and bearing names such as Clearly White, Just Black and the pink “Not Pink”. It has a large OLED display rich in colors, practical dimensions, and a relatively reasonable price. This makes it the perfect size for most people looking for a new Android phone without stretching their wallet or case.

The highlight, however, is the 12.2 MP rear camera and the two 8 MP front cameras. The second selfie camera is optimized for wide-angle selfies, allowing you to shoot an entire group without removing people from the photo. To date, Google Pixel 2 still surprises us and the success of this success leaves us high hopes for our next camera tests.

Design

The 5.5-inch OLED display offers a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and is superb. Direct sunlight shone through the windows, but we will have to look better outside. The colors are vibrant and associated with deep black levels in dark scenes. Two front speakers make a comeback. According to Google, speakers are 40% more powerful than last year’s Pixel 2. The difference is noticeable. We could hear Google Assistant even after the cacophony of this press event.

Speaking of Google Assistant, you can use the phone to trigger help from Google, like last year. There is no headphone jack (again), but Google earns points by adding USB Type-C earphones in the box, as well as a 3.5mm headphone adapter.

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Display

The 5.5-inch OLED display fits in modern times. It is large and wide and is based on a phone smaller than expected, given the rumors about the size of the screen. The whole measures 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm and weighs 148g. It’s about the same size as the Pixel 2, which had a smaller screen of 5 inches. At first glance, the Pixel 3 screen looks richer than the Pixel 2 of last year. The 18: 9 aspect ratio has a lot less scope than the 16:9.

We thought that last year’s oversized bezel was a big disappointment with the smallest pixel phone of 2017. Oh, and it still has a big chin. There is no hiding both the front and speaker cameras and the chin down. But it’s the best we’ve seen with a phone with two front speakers and no deep notch (some would say ugly).

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Camera

Pixel Visual Core is a separate and dedicated chip that gives the camera this incredible factor. In combination with the 12.2 MP camera, we will see the machine learning features that choose the best photo to avoid blur and eyes closed, called Top Shot. The f/1.8 aperture of the rear-facing camera does not break a record among the fast apertures, but modes such as Night Sight are supposed to give Google Pixel 3 the advantage for taking night shots. At the launch ceremony, Google showed that it could even beat the iPhone XS with poorly lit photos.

It takes pictures with larger pixels of 1.4 microns and has an optical and electronic image stabilization. Video recordings in 4K at a maximum of 30 frames per second. When it comes to taking photos with a selfie, we really liked the idea of the Selfie Camera group, the second one at the front. The two 8 MP cameras offer a normal 75-degree field of view or a 97-degree field of view. The apertures differ here: f/2.2 for the wide angle lens and f/1.8 for the normal selfie lens.

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Software

As you can imagine, Android 9 Pie runs on Pixel 3 and 3 XL from the first day. This is the same Android pie that we use on Pixel 2 phones, including new navigation moves, quick setup panel, and more. The Pixel 3 brings a handful of new software, including the complete release of Digital Wellbeing outside of its beta state and a slightly updated user interface for the camera app. There is also a new call filtering feature that allows you to send your caller to a system by asking them to provide information about who they are and why they are calling. What they say happens in real time and you can choose to hang up or resume at any time.

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Battery

A 2,915 mAh battery backs the smartphone, which is slightly larger than last year’s Pixel 2. That’s good, but we think Google could have increased its capacity. We expect nothing more than a full day of use. As the phone can charge wireless, Google sells a 10-watt wireless charging stand for $ 79. Pixel support supports the phone and offers many other integrations, such as the connection to the Do not disturb Pixel mode and the copy as a digital frame for your photos.

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Specifications

The Google Pixel 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 4GB of RAM. It is unlikely to be the fastest of any other phone maker with 6GB of RAM, whereas Apple’s A12 chipset beats Snapdragon 845. However, Google’s ownership of hardware and software should be beneficial for optimal performance.  The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G and 4G. The sensors on the phone include Face Unlock, Fingerprint Sensor, Compass/Magnetometer, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.

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Price And Availability

The Google Pixel 3 costs $799 and pre-orders are open. It is officially on sale from October 18th. The phone is sold through Google and Verizon, but if you buy it on the Google Store, you can use it on all major US carrier networks. The hardware can not cost, but there is no other phone with so many AI features. We will tinker with the phone in the coming days to find a final verdict, so stay tuned.

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