Grab eyeballs? Pixel 3s do more than that

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are here. They aren’t pocket-friendly but offer the best (cleanest too) Android experience. Are they worth consideration though?

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Google has recently been in news for a few reasons. They range from partial purchase of HTC, data security issues, and new smartphones. The last one is my focus today as Google as launched the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Why should you care? The new smartphones have to follow in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s footsteps. This means they have to have great cameras, great hardware, and less compromises? Do the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have the best camera in 2018 like Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL did in 2017? Are they more worthy of consideration than Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL?

Specifications Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3 XL
Price Rs 71,000 – Rs 80,000 Rs 83,000 – Rs 92,000
Processor

2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU, Pixel Visual Core, and Titan M security module

RAM

4GB

Display OLED, 5.5-inch, Full HD+ (2160x1080p) resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, OLED, 6.3-inch, Quad HD+ (2960x1440p) resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
Internal Storage

64GB/128GB

Operating System

Android 9.0 Pie

Rear Camera

12.2-megapixel

Front Camera

8-megapixel + 8-megapixel

Battery 2915mAh with fast charging and wireless charging 3430mAh with fast charging and wireless charging
Dimensions 145.6mm x 68.2mm x 7.9mm 158mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm
NFC

Yes

Fingerprint scanner

Rear-mounted

Water/Dust resistance

IP68-certified

What’s new about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL?

Let’s touch upon a few things that haven’t changed with the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL over their predecessors. Firstly, the colour naming convention has been carried over. Also returning is the dual-tone rear panel finish. They still focus immensely on software, as is evidenced by two critical factors – stock Android OS and 4GB RAM. Dual front-facing speakers are back and the Pixel 3 XL retains its OLED display too.

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Two storage options have been offered – 64GB and 128GB. They are still single SIM phones (one reason why I really like them). The both retain single rear camera setup with a 12.2-megapixel Dual Pixel lens with f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel PDAF, OIS+EIS, spectral+flicker sensor, and an LED flash. Lastly, also worth mentioning is the (thankfully) rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

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Let’s now talk about all that’s new on the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The most obvious change is the embracing of a notched display. The Pixel 3 XL (thankfully not the smaller Pixel 3) gets a notch and a small chin at the front. Before talking about the displays in detail, let me also mention the presence of two front-facing cameras on either phone (one 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture and other an 8-megapixel standard lens with f/1.8 aperture).

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Both the Pixel and Pixel 3 XL have grown in size. The smaller phone measures 145.6mm x 68.2mm x 7.9mm and weighs 148 grams. The bigger phone measures 158mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm and weighs 184 grams. The biggest giveaway of this is the increased screen size of both phones.

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The Google Pixel 3 in different colour schemes.

Both phones get an OLED display with Pixel 3 getting a 5.5-inch display with Full HD+ (2160x1080p) resolution, and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Pixel 3 XL gets a 6.3-inch notched display with Quad HD+ (2960x1440p) resolution, and 18.5:9 aspect ratio (notch helps). Both get Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

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Inside, both phones sport a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU, Pixel Visual Core chip, and Titan M security module for better user data protection by securing the lock screen, strengthening disk encryption, and protecting OS integrity. Needless to say but worth mentioning is the phone’s OS too – Android 9.0 Pie with Google Assistant and 3 years of OS and security updates guaranteed (minimum). Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-FiĀ  802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, and GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/BeiDou.

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The bottom edge of Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL sport a USB 3.1 (type-C) port. The Pixel 3 features a 2915mAh battery while the Pixel 3 XL gets a bigger 3430mAh cell. Both phones feature fast charging (with fast charger included in box) and now, wireless charging too (wireless charger not included).

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The phones’ water and dust resistance have been upped by a notch as they both are IP68-certified. Lastly, both phones now come in three colours – Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink (colours should always be named this way!).

Are the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL worth consideration?

Yes, and before I talk about why I think the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are worth considering, do consider the following – both phones get a call-screening feature. Using this feature, you can choose to answer or reject a call without having to attend it, whether or not you know the caller. On to the bigger question, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL represent the top crop of Android smartphones. They offer the cleanest, most unhindered Android experience that you can get right now.

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Physically, only dimensions and front panels set Pixel 3 apart from Pixel 3 XL (pictured here).

They are the first ones to receive Google’s OS and security updates. Moreover, they aren’t as costly as their main competitors – the iPhone XS and XS Max. Granted, they don’t offer as much storage as those phones do. However, the only iPhone to be priced closer to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is the iPhone XR. Critically, barring the size difference, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are nearly identical on all fronts (they will likely have great cameras too). The fact that they offer this choice is what makes them worth consideration the most.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – Synopsis

  • Prices start from Rs 71,000 for Pixel 3 and Rs 83,000 for Pixel 3 XL
  • Flipkart exclusive online retailer, to be sold at offline multi-brand retail outlets as well
  • Sport a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU, Pixel Visual Core chip, and Titan M security module
  • Get 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal storage options
  • Pixel 3 XL gets a notched display and a small chin on the front panel while the Pixel 3 makes do with a regular forehead and chin up front
  • Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Pixel 3 XL gets a 6.3-inch OLED screen with Quad HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Both get a 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, and OIS+EIS
  • Both get dual-front facing cameras with 8-megapixel wide-angle and 8-megapixel standard lenses
  • Both run on stock Android 9.0 Pie with Google Assistant
  • Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, and NFC
  • Both are IP68-certified for water and dust protection
  • Pixel 3 gets 2915mAh battery, Pixel 3 XL packs 3430mah battery, both get with fast and wireless charging support
  • Colour options available – Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink

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