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Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL hands-on

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After days weeks months of rumors, leaks, and a whole lot of hype, the Pixel 3 is finally here. It’s hard to believe that we’re already on the third anniversary of Google’s rebranding as a true hardware company, but as they say, time flies.

Don’t miss: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL specs

We’ve just had enough time to get our hands on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and our coverage is still ongoing, so make sure to check back as we update our posts. Without further ado, let’s go hands-on with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Pixel 3 XL hands on

Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Design and build quality

The design of the Google Pixel 3 is the one aspect of the phone that caused the most controversy among our readers. The smaller Pixel 3 looks incredibly similar to the Pixel 2 XL, just in a smaller form factor and with slightly more rounded edges. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 XL sports a notch and chin bigger than most any device we’ve seen before it.

Pixel 3 XL hands on

The notch of the Pixel 3 XL houses two large 8MP camera sensors, used for the new Group Selfie mode Google is introducing. With Group Selfie, you can zoom out switch to the wide angle camera (97 degrees), so all your friends fit into the frame.

The design of the Google Pixel 3 is the one aspect of the phone that caused the most controversy.

A notch in the top of a phone usually means a fairly minimal bottom bezel, but Google has retained a bezel that looks just as thick as the Pixel 2 XL’s. The notch and chin do retain the front-facing speakers from last year which is as good a reason as any to keep a thick bezel, but judging from the many leaks, readers seem to be a bit disappointed that Google hasn’t put more effort into slimming it down.

Speaking of the speakers, they are louder and richer than last year — 40 percent louder, supposedly — and Google had an award winning production company tweak the sound for the best experience.

Pixel 3 XL hands on

The screen is a 1080 x 2160-resolution OLED on the standard model Pixel 3, while the 3 XL variant comes in at 1440 x 2960 (also OLED). The screen sizes of each model are 5.5 inches and 6.3 inches, respectively. While last year’s Pixel 2 XL suffered from a “blue shift” issue on its LG-made OLED screen, the screen on the new P-OLED Pixel 3 XL seems to be massively improved. There is no blue shift to be seen, and the display density is 523ppi. From our brief time with the device, the haptic engine has also been improved significantly.

The backs of the devices look extremely similar to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, save for the rounded edges where the metal meets the glass panel. This new, more rounded design fits well with Google’s Material Design refresh, which utilizes rounded bubbly elements.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature Gorilla Glass 5, both on the front of the device and the back. The back features the trademark glass “window” we’ve come to know from previous Pixel phones, but this time the effect is achieved by covering most of the glass back with a soft finish. This gives the phones a nice grip. The soft touch also means you won’t see fingerprints nearly as often as last year, and that’s nice considering these pixels have really nice colors.

Pixel 3 XL hands on

Google has also retained the single rear camera design from the previous Pixels, which is honestly fine considering the Pixel 2’s portrait mode is still considered one of the best, with the most accurate edge detection of nearly any device. You can also shift the aperture of the image after you take it just like on the iPhone Xs, and you can make the background black and white while giving your subject a splash of color.

To me, it’s clear that Google is now working to make cameras with AI-enabled computers strapped to the back. Google put that much emphasis on the camera this year.

While last year’s Pixels came in Just Black, Clearly White, and Kinda Blue, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are set to retain the black and white options while also adding a new Not Pink color (which is totally pink) with an orange accent on the power button. The white model is set to have a teal-colored power button.

I’m actually a huge fan of all the colors this year, but I think the Not Pink was a nice touch. I’m tempted to pick that one up.

Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Hardware

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel  XL sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of storage with no microSD card expansion. These specs seem fairly minimal, considering other flagships have up to 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM (or even 10GB), but Google seems confident in their optimization of Android for these devices. This year’s devices sport IP68 water resistance as well.

Pixel 3 XL hands on

Last year’s phones didn’t include wireless charging, but the Google Pixel 3 changes that. Google is also launching a new Pixel Stand wireless charger, coming in a variety of colors and a soft rubber finish that looks extremely familiar to the Google Home Mini.

Read: Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC guide: All of Qualcomm’s current SoCs and how they compare

The $79 Pixel Stand is not just a charger. It expands the Pixel 3’s functionality, giving you some of the same features as the new Google Home Hub. These include the ability to display curated images from your Google Photos library as a screensaver, control your smart home devices, act as an alarm clock, and display album art when playing music. If you have other Qi-enabled devices, you can charge those as well, though you obviously won’t get the smart stand experience.

The standard Pixel 3 includes a 2,915mAh battery, while the larger Pixel 3 XL sports a 3,430mAh cell. Neither of these capacities is the highest we’ve seen in a smartphone and we just saw the LG V40 have a hard time with its 3,300mAh battery on a 6.4-inch display, but software optimization can always help smaller batteries perform quite a bit better.

Pixel 3 XL hands on

Just like the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3 features an e-SIM in addition to the traditional SIM card tray. This will allow for users of Project Fi to use the network without the need for a physical SIM card, so they can get their phone up and running straight away.

The Pixel 3 will also come with a pair of USB Type-C earbuds in the box. These earbuds maintain a similar look to the original Pixel Buds, utilizing a fabric jacket and retractable loop design to fit snugly in your ears. Just like the wireless version, they are Google Assistant-enabled.

The new Pixels also retain the Active Edge squeeze feature to launch Google Assistant and Pixel Imprint fingerprint reader from last year.

  Google Pixel 3 specs Google Pixel 3 XL specs
Display 5.5-inch flexible OLED
1,080 x 2,160 resolution
443ppi
18:9 screen ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
6.3-inch flexible OLED
1,440 x 2,960 resolution
523ppi
18.5:9 screen ratio
Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 630
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB
No microSD slot
64GB, 128GB
No microSD slot
Cameras Rear: 12.2MP f/1.8 sensor, 1.4 micron pixels, OIS and EIS, spectral and flicker sensor

Front:
Main: 8MP standard angle (75 degree FOV) f/1.8 auto-focus sensor
Secondary: 8MP wide-angle (97 degree FOV) f/2.2 fixed-focus sensor

Rear: 12.2MP f/1.8 sensor, 1.4 micron pixels, OIS and EIS, spectral and flicker sensor

Front:
Main: 8MP standard angle (75 degree FOV) f/1.8 auto-focus sensor
Secondary: 8MP wide-angle (97 degree FOV) f/2.2 fixed-focus sensor

Headphone jack No No
Battery 2,915mAh
Wireless charging
3,430mAh
Wireless charging
IP rating IP68 IP68
Other features Dual front-facing speakers, Active Edge, USB Type-C, single nano-SIM Dual front-facing speakers, Active Edge, USB Type-C, single nano-SIM
Connectivity Wi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0,
NFC
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0,
NFC
Network World-wide network/carrier compatibility with:  GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) 
CDMA EVDO Rev A: BC0/BC1/BC10 
WCDMA: W1/W2  FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/  26/28/29/32/66/71 
Supports up to CAT 16 (1Gbps DL / 75Mbps UL), 5x DL CA, 4×4 MIMO, LAA, 256-QAM  DL and 64-QAM UL depending on carrier support 
eSIM (Select markets. See your carrier for details) 
FeliCa (Japan only) 
World-wide network/carrier compatibility with:  GSM/EDGE: Quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) 
CDMA EVDO Rev A: BC0/BC1/BC10 
WCDMA: W1/W2  FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/  26/28/29/32/66/71 
Supports up to CAT 16 (1Gbps DL / 75Mbps UL), 5x DL CA, 4×4 MIMO, LAA, 256-QAM  DL and 64-QAM UL depending on carrier support 
eSIM (Select markets. See your carrier for details) 
FeliCa (Japan only) 
Software version Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Colors Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink
Dimensions and weight 68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9mm / 2.7 x 5.7 x 0.3in
148g / 5.2oz 
76.7 x 158.0 x 7.9mm / 3.0 x 6.2 x 0.3in
184g / 6.5oz 
In the box Quick Switch Adapter 
USB-C to USB-C cable 
USB-C 18W Power adapter 
Pixel USB-C earbuds 
USB-C digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter 
SIM tool 
Quick Start Guide 
Quick Switch Adapter 
USB-C to USB-C cable 
USB-C 18W Power adapter 
Pixel USB-C earbuds 
USB-C digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter 
SIM tool 
Quick Start Guide 

Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Camera

Both Pixels use the same 12.2MP f/1.8 camera on the rear and two 8MP f/2.2 sensors on the front. While there have been a huge number of leaks surrounding the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the camera quality is one aspect that we’ve yet to see many details on. In the photos we have seen, high dynamic range seems to be the name of the game, giving the final image much more range between the darkest blacks and the brightest whites.

The Pixel 2 is still hailed as having one of the best cameras on the market, utilizing its proprietary HDR+ technology to recover shadows without blowing out highlights. This year, Google has learned from the incredible amount of data they’ve gathered from Pixel 2 to make the camera even better. There is optical image stabilization in the rear sensor as well, leading to sharp images like we saw last year.

Pixel 3 XL hands on

The new devices utilize an improved Pixel Visual Core, which will help process photos even faster. Google Lens should be active by default when you have the camera app open, so you can tap on objects to learn more about them.

As expected, Google added a bunch of new software features to help you make the most of your mobile camera. There’s Top Shot, which captures multiple images every time you hit the shutter button and selects the best one, potentially decreasing the number of failed shots. Photobooth lets you snap selfies with just a smile or a funny face. Playground adds a bunch of virtual animated characters to your shots. There are other smaller improvements, including Fused Video Stabilization and Motion Auto Focus.

Read: Here’s what the Pixel 3 XL camera can do

Perhaps the most interesting Pixel 3 camera feature Google teased is Night Sight. This combines data from multiple frames to improve low-light performance. Google says you won’t need to use a flash ever again, but we’ll have to wait for about a month for this feature to roll out.

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Alright, now that the Pixel 3 is finally official, are you picking one up? Let us know in the comments.



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