The Google Pixel 3 series are 2018’s most-leaked smartphones. The series was up for sale, reviewed and dissected weeks before the official launch. It was already on the black market with camera comparisons and benchmarks of the device. With that said and out of the way, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the epitome of Android smartphones.
Google develops Android, and as a result, all the things optimised for the Android OS are first seen on the Pixel devices. Software experience aside, the Pixel is known for its superior camera hardware and experience. Last year’s Pixel camera was termed as the best smartphone camera ever and it seems likely that the legacy would continue this year.
The Pixel 3 packs in a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and a 19:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels while the Pixel 3 XL packs in a 6.3-inch P-OLED display panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and a 18.5:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels.
Under the hood, there is no surprise that we find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. There is also a 4GB of RAM with 64GB or 128GB of storage. Like the iPhone and OnePlus devices, there seems to be no room for increasing the storage.
This year, the Pixels are packed with a single 12.2 MP wide angle camera unit at the back with a f/1.8 aperture. You can shoot video at 2160p at 30 and 60 fps; 1080p at 30, 60 and 240 fps and 720p at 480 fps. There is still no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Pixel 3 can take some of the best shots that are possible on a smartphone. Early reviews of the device have placed the phone above many of the semi-professional DSLR cameras.
On the front, the phones feature a dual camera setup with an 8 MP wide angle camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a second 8 MP ultrawide angle camera sensor with f/2.2 aperture. You can shoot video on front camera at 1080p and 30 fps. The front camera on the Pixel 3 XL is the reason why there is such a big notch on the device.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature a fingerprint sensor mounted at the rear, support Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth version 5.0 with LE, NFC, GPS, and USB 3.1 Type-C port with a reversible connector for connectivity.
In India the Pixel 3 has been launched for a starting price of Rs 71,000 while the Pixel 3 XL has been priced starting at Rs 83,000.