Finally, Google’s 2018 flagships – the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL – are official. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know everything about these phones, since all the leaks were spot on.
The Pixel brand was introduced in February 2013, replacing Nexus devices. Google’s primary focus with its Pixel devices has been their camera, and both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL deliver, thanks to some magic via Machine-Learning and AI. Let’s first talk about the cameras as they are the main highlight.
The Best Camera On A Smartphone, Again
Google is the king of software. No other brand can beat the search engine giant in this department. Both Pixel devices feature single camera systems, but the AI implemented here does all the talking. Its implementation is not gimmicky, but thoughtful. The front-facing camera now consists of two wide-angle, 8-megapixel camera lenses with f/1.8 aperture and secondary 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture. The primary shooter is 12.2MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture with flicker sensor. OIS is also present. Here are some camera features that make Pixel 3 stand out from the crowd.
• Top Shot is an AI based feature that lets you capture multiple motion shots and then lets you pick out the best photo.
• Super Res Zoom enhances and produces sharp details of any photo that you’ve zoomed in on, by using machine learning algorithms.
• Night Sight – As the name suggests, this AI based feature Lets you take bright, detailed, colourful pictures even in low light. This feature is limited to Pixel 3 only.
• Photobooth can only be used via the front camera. It uses AI to recognize a whole range of expressions (like smiling) and then automatically starts clicking pictures.
Aside from the cameras, everything is very 2018. You get a notch (Only on Pixel 3XL). Both phones ship with latest Snapdragon 845 processor and Adreno 630 GPU. The RAM on both phones is 4 GB, with either 64 GB or 128 GB as storage options. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display and the Pixel 3 XL comes with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ display. Both are OLED panels.
Both run on Android 9.0 Pie. If you’re worried about your device’s security, you’re covered with Titan security system onboard the phone. It features a chip is called ‘Titan M’, which is integrated into the Pixel 3. This chip will ensure a secure boot-up process, and is used to secure your lock-screen and solidify your disk encryption.
You might mistake these phones as previous generation Pixel devices, because they all look pretty much the same. The Pixel 3 comes with a two-tone glass aluminium construction with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back. Both phones are IP rated – meaning they are water and dust resistant. Dual front firing speakers are also present, just like on their predecessors. These smartphones pack 2915 mAh and 3430 mAh batteries respectively, with support for fast charging as well as wireless charging.
Pricing & Availability
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come in Clearly White, Just Black and Not Pink colour options. They also ship with USB Type-C earbuds in the box.
Pixel 3 (64GB): ₹71,000
Pixel 3 (128GB): ₹80,000
Pixel 3 XL (64GB): ₹83,000
Pixel 3 XL (128GB): ₹92,000
You can pick one starting November 1 from Flipkart, or offline stores like Reliance Digital or Croma. A no-cost EMI option is also available starting at Rs 3,944 per month for 18 months. Remember to sell your used smartphone before you upgrade!