Google truly impressed mobile enthusiasts with the release of its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL models last year and it seems as though they’re continuing the theme with the newest Pixel 3 model, set for release over the next month or so.
On first glance, the Pixel 3 looks similar in size to the Pixel 2, yet the 5.5 inch OLED screen and smaller body makes it easier to handle, with a smaller screen bezel (at 18:9 instead of 16:9) whilst retaining its rear two-tone design. The rear of the Pixel 3 now uses strengthened glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) to enable its wireless charging (finally!) which was disappointedly absent in last year’s Pixel 2 – with some sleek Google wireless charging stands on the way. You’ll still find the fingerprint scanner on the rear of the model, minus that silver bezel. All this glass is housed in an aluminium frame, with no headphone jack which helps to make its IP68 dust-proof and waterproof rating.
As with the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3’s most exiting feature has to be its cameras - 12.2MP rear and two 8MP front-facing. The Pixel Visual Core is a dedicated camera chip that uses machine-learning to up the camera specs – with features such as ‘Super-Res Zoom’ and ‘Top Shot’ which selects the best image for you. The dual front cameras will ensure your group selfies are all-inclusive, whilst the rear camera’s f/1.8 aperture helps take better photos in low-light settings. Other fun camera features such as Google Lens and ‘Playground’ provide a more light-hearted approach, with unlimited Google Photos storage so you never have to worry about memory again.
As with most of Google’s devices, Google Assistant is another key feature of the Pixel 3, with more shortcuts and commands making your life that little bit easier. Set alarms, asks questions, take photos and more just by saying “Hey Google…” Google have also jumped onboard the ‘Digital Wellbeing’ bandwagon, tracking your phone usage and habits to make you more mindful of your screen time.
Other features such as fast charge, a larger adaptive battery and extra security measures makes the Google Pixel 3 a pretty tough contender in the 2018/2019 mobile space. We must also mention the nod to the iPhone X with the Pixel 3 XL’s front bezel, which you can now hide with a handy update from Google if you so wish. The Google Pixel 3 will be available in 3 colours from next month. Will you be investing in the Pixel 3?