Vodafone's Pixel 3 And Pixel XL Plans And Pricing

Doris Richards
October 10, 2018

Nevertheless, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now official.

Taking design inspiration from numerous other handset manufacturers, the new Pixels move away from previous models and have a glass construction. It has always been nailed on that the new Google phones would be bigger, have 18:9 aspect displays with a notch and even more certain that they'd be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

While we're talking screens, the Pixel 3 extends its OLED display to 5.5 inches with Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2280 px) while the XL now measures in at 6.3 inches with a QHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960.

There is still a single rear camera on both phones. This may not sound like anything too special, but Google tries to compensate with software gimmickry.

There are a bunch of new camera features such as Top Shot - an AI system that takes multiple pictures and selects the one where everyone is at their best (eyes open, smiling etc.). This feature will be limited to the USA initially.

The company "did not put in a camera, so it's comfortable to use in private spaces of your home like the bedroom", said Google's Diya Jolly, vice president of product management. The new Pixel 3 piggybacks on this by offering a second front-facing camera that Google says will replace the selfie-stick, and better low light photography, zoom, depth of field customization, automatic photo-booth features - photo is taken with each facial expression - and the ability to change the timing in case someone blinked. A previously announced feature in which software will call businesses to make appointments and restaurant reservations for you will debut on the Pixel first, for instance - initially in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, Arizona, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Both are available first in English. Over in France, where Google will also hold a local Pixel launch event on Tuesday, a local retailer did the same thing, revealing in the process the purported release date for the two phones.

Credit: Tom's GuideThere's no question that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL look and feel unique, but Google is fighting the smartphone war against Apple and Samsung with one hand tied behind its back. This feature adds a "Call Screening" button to the phone interface so that when you're receiving a call you may choose this option and watch as a voicemail-like service answers the call and proceeds to ask the caller to state their business. Getting a legitimate Intel Core processor automatically starts you at $999, and things only go up from there. This time, instead of targeting businesses and restaurants, Google is aiming its robots' lasers at robocalls and phone spam. Processing the call details on-device means these experiences are fast, private to you, and use up less battery. You also get a dual-window feature, similar to the Snap feature on Windows devices, which should help Google live up to that productivity claim. Available later this year and starting at $599, it's a direct shot at Apple and Microsoft.

Going from a small experiment to a polished product that works in various languages and is backed by large sales, support and technical teams has been part of Google's challenge. The Google Pixel 3 XL runs Android 9 Pie.

Wear OS is where Google has chose to focus its efforts for now (frequent updates rather than yearly ones), and once the software is sorted then maybe we'll see a Google Pixel Watch.

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