Google Announces Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
After months of endless leaks and wild speculation Google has officially announced their newest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, as well as several other new devices and upgrades to their lineup.
The #MadebyGoogle event kicked off in New York City in a bright, sunny and open space while celebrating the 20th anniversary of Google. Google’s senior vice president of hardware, Rick Osterloh, stressed the deep investment that Google has made in artificial intelligence, iterating that AI is at the core of everything Google does now and will do in the future. Osterloh briefly previewed each of the devices that would be unveiled before taking a deeper dive into each.
Google Home Hub
After boasting the popularity and accuracy of the Google Home smart assistant, Google rolled out their brand-new Google Home Hub. The new device will compete with the likes of Amazon’s Echo Show by introducing a 7-inch screen allowing users to see responses from YouTube and Google Maps instead of just hearing them. Notably missing from the Home Hub is a camera, which eliminates the possibility of video-chatting with the device, but also eliminates an unnecessary camera in your home.
Next is Google’s new competitor to Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the Pixel Slate. The Pixel Slate is a tablet with Chrome OS which can be paired with a detachable keyboard cover called the Pixel Slate Keyboard. The tablet can be configured with a wide variety of specs, starting at $599 with a Celeron processor, all the way up to $1,599 and higher with a Core i7 and storage options up to 256GB.
Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL
Finally came the announcement that Google fans had been anxiously waiting for, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Were the leaks true? Does the 3 XL have a Texas-sized notch waiting for us? Were the Pixel Ultra rumors just a conspiracy? The answer to all of our questions was a resounding yes.
With several months’ worth of leaks, we weren’t surprised by the hardware or specs that Google unveiled. Each of the devices include a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM and identical cameras. The Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display and 2,915 mAh battery, while the Pixel 3 XL comes with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display and a 3,450 mAh battery. Both maintain a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, dual front-facing speakers and can be purchased in 3 colors (Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink).
The biggest improvements for this year’s Pixel lineup are in the software and the camera. Improvements to the camera include an all-new 12.2-megapixel camera on the rear and dual front-facing cameras allowing better group selfies and boasting 184% greater field of view than the iPhone XS. Other camera highlights include the introduction of Top Shot, which uses AI to select the best shot from a series of photo bursts. Night Sight allows for improved low-light photography, and Super Res Zoom is designed to enhance digital zoom.
Other software improvements include Flip to Shush, which puts the phone into do not disturb mode when upside down. The new software feature that has us most excited is allowing Google Assistant to screen calls for you, preventing you from ever having to answer a spam phone call again.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will support wireless charging. Google introduced an upright wireless charger called the Pixel Stand. The new Pixel devices recognize when they’re docked on the charger and display custom messages from Google Assistant or a gallery of photos from Google Photos. The Pixel Stand is available for preorder for $79.