There’s something about holding the real and brand-new Google Pixel 3 smartphones in the palm of your hand, as the internet has been littered with countless leaked videos and photos in the last few weeks. Today, the internet giant officially launched its new models in New York: the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. The new smartphones differ mainly in the display. That measures 5.5 inches at Pixel 3 and is in 18: 9 format. Resolution and pixel density are 2160 × 1080 pixels (FHD +) and 443 ppi. Compared to the display of the Pixel 3 XL is immediately noticeable: The Pixel 3 lacks a distinctive feature that the Pixel 3 XL has for the first time.
At the top edge of the Pixel 3 XL sits a conspicuous and currently often installed novelty: a Notch. As a result, the display is almost borderless, only the lower edge of the screen is relatively wide. The Pixel 3 XL comes on a screen diagonal of 6.3 inches and appears in 18.5: 9 format. The resolution is 2960 × 1440 pixels (QHD +) higher than that of his little brother and also the pixel density of 523 ppi exceeds the sharpness of the smaller model.
Google installed OLED panels on both models, which show bold colors and a deep black in the first check. According to Google, the color space has more than 16 million colors to offer. Both displays support the HDR technology, so videos and photos can be rich in contrast and color.
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Both Pixel 3 models are wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5 and surrounded by an aluminum frame. The back side is less smooth than regular glass backs, because Google has made them “molecular etching” grippier and less prone to unsightly grease stains.
Besides “Just Black” and “Clearly White” there is a third color “Not Pink”. The name is true – pink is really not, but rather pastel pink. Both pixels are IP68 certified, meaning they are up to two meters deep and protected from dust.
The star of the Pixel 3 series: the camera
No matter how many mobile phone manufacturers are currently using dual or triple cameras, Google sticks to a single lens on the back of its new Pixel smartphones. This snaps with 12.2 megapixels and has an f / 1.8 aperture and an optical image stabilizer. The photo quality impressed us in the first check – in the test lab will then show whether the Pixel 3 Cam can actually beat other high-end cameras.
With the “Photobooth” feature, the AI cam automatically triggers when it thinks it will hit the perfect moment – for example, when the model is smiling or making a face in a pretty grimace. In addition, she recognizes from several shots the best shot, on which, for example, no one has closed his eyes. She can also track and focus on movement by simply tapping on the subject.
There is no optical zoom, here Google uses the so-called “super res-zoom” (“res” stands for resolution). The software assembles several images into one image and is intended to capture as many details as possible. The optical image stabilizer should prevent blurred shots.
The new feature “Night Sight” is supposed to deliver the best possible results when shooting in heavy darkness, where you do not even try to take photos. We could not try it out though – “Night Sight” will be available sometime during the year with a software update. On the other hand, Google Lens is already operational. It can now also read business cards and recognize products. In and of itself, however, Google Lens is not a novelty and also available as an app for other smartphones .
Group selfies even without a selfie stick
For selfie friends, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL also have something in store: The 8-megapixel front camera has for the first time a second lens that can record in wide-angle (97 °). It also brings several people or extensive landscapes to a picture.
The depth of field effect is also there again and looks super clear. In addition, he can also be adjusted afterwards at will.
Snapdragon 845 and 4 GB of RAM
Google installed in both models a Snapdragon 845 processor together with 4 GB of RAM. In addition, the security module “Titan M” is installed to protect the passwords and the operating system. The internal memory is either 64 or 128 GB in both models.
In addition to the display, the devices also differ in the battery. The Pixel 3 has a power storage with a capacity of 2,915 mAh, that of the 3 XL has 3,430 mAh. Google is providing a fast charging power supply that can allegedly provide the pixels with enough power for 7 hours in 15 minutes. Wireless charging also support the new smartphones. As part of the new Pixel models Google also brings a new wireless charging station, the “Google Stand”, for 79 euros on the market.
Pixel 3 and 3 XL: features
The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have a USB-C port; a classic headphone jack is missing as well as its predecessor. A USB-to-jack adapter and USB-C Earbuds are included. Anyone who hears without headphones, could be happy: The stereo speakers of the new pixel devices that Google wants to have improved, delivers in the first check a loud and clear sound.
Otherwise, the models have NFC and Bluetooth 5 and support LTE Cat 16 with up to 1,000 MBit per second in the downstream. Pixel fans do not need a dual-SIM feature.
The operating system is – unsurprisingly – Google’s own Android 9 Pie installed ( here’s our Android Pie test ). The well-known “Digital Wellbeing” function will be further developed on the Pixel 3 devices. With “Flip to Shh” the pixels immediately switch to the “Do Not Disturb” mode as soon as you put them on the table or other documents.