Honestly, the leaks were absolutely true,the rumors were real. This is your exclusive hand on Google pixel 3 and pixel 3 XL and their flagships for 2018.
A lot of what actually got leaked was the hardware and that was pretty much OK, well except for the conspiracies. I will go through everything just as if you haven’t seen it all. it’s actually still a lot of pretty exciting stuff.
As you can see the back of the phone, it is pretty similar in design to last years pixel but with improved build quality.
A lot of ways it’s a small design update and clearly still a pixel but it’s now all glass from top to bottom in between aluminum rails typical 2018 design.
From the image, you can see this two-tone stylish design that’s because the bottom half of the glass is frosted in a way that provides a subtle specification and it really only shows up from certain angles. Which I like a lot and it feels nice.
The Google pixel 3 and 3XL comes in three new colors this year:
- JUST BLACK
- CLEARLY WHITE
- NOT PINK
These are the actual color names, they actually colored the power button – so the white has this mint – colored power button, not pink has this bold orange power button and the black on black one has a black power button.
Also, Google painted the inside of the USB – C port black to complete the truly matte black. It also feels a little bit heavier thanks to more glass but overall it feels good.
The buttons are really clicky and they feel premium in your hands, you still have the squeeze for assistant and you do get wireless charging now thanks to the glass and it also has IP68 water-resistant.
The LHS is completely devoid. I’d say the worst part about this build is actually the fact that it’s kind of slippery despite the soft of touch back.
What is the most buzzed-about Feature during the leaks and Rumor?
At the front you see the most buzzed talked about part of all the leaks is the screen and that notch. The notch is on the Google pixel 3xl, it’s tall as hell and alongside much larger than normal chin.
There’s a lot going on here too. the regular sized pixel 3 does not have this notch, the pixel XL display is a 6.3 inch 960 by 1440 flexible OLED display that goes right up to the edges.
The smaller pixel 3 with no notch of Shame has a 5.5 inch 2160 by 1080 display also flexible OLED which is going to be a sneaky candidate for small phone of the year award, there’s no headphone jack and no expandable storage just like last year’s pixels but we know there will be a 64gig or 128 gigs version.
It’s powered by Snapdragon 845 and 4 gigs of ram, which it’s kind of weird to say but that’s actually less ram than I expected. It has the fingerprint reader on the back in the same spot where it belongs and also still one camera.
What’s the deal with the notch?
We’ve seen phones with notches all year round and we get it. it’s necessary we want to get the screen as close to the edges as possible but this notch is a lot taller specifically than any other notch you have seen in any phone.
There’s still a chin what gives up at the top of both phones. Also, there are two front-facing cameras and a large front facing speaker which is part of a stereo pair, also there is no facial recognition Or IR Projector
Their nothing really crazy just two cameras and a really big front speaker. Is it worth it?
Well as far as the speakers I’ve heard them and they are really impressively loud. I loved what I’ve heard from them I’d say they’re on par with the Razor phone. if you’re the type of person to put your phone like in a corner of a room and fill it up with music which you can do with this phone like a mini boom box.
For gaming, it looks great ( OLED Display ) and performed smoothly (Snapdragon 845) while watching videos and personal audio well all sound really good and the two front-facing cameras are again a good idea I liked it.
When I saw it with the LG V40 and actually think these will be much better because not only are they Google’s cameras, they’re significantly better and quality on the pixel but the difference between the standard and wide-angle selfie camera is bigger.
It goes from a 75-degree field of view in the standard to a 97-degree field of view much wider now. Are these enough justification for this huge notch hard From gaming, Audio, video and Camera Features with no facial recognition I think it well enough.
If you followed up on the leaks and rumors you will know the difference between Pixel 2 and pixel 3 are just Software upgrade, especially on the camera.
The camera was upgraded again which has me very excited, the new 12-megapixel sensor at F 1.8 with OIS. So a lot of the features I’m about to go over with you while there are technically new to pixel 3 are just software.
Top shot – it works once you’ve taken a photo, it analyzes other frames that were also captured and uses AI to decide or suggest a better one maybe someone was blinking or the hairs in their face you don’t even have to take another photo it’s just waiting for you.
Night mode – in the camera that’s actually called night sight. It’s supposed to be significantly improved there are some other great night modes
Super Res Zoom – which is super its so Google, it uses literally the shaking or rotation of your hands as you’re taking a picture or a few digital zooms. it will use that to compute a higher resolution image from that zoomed photo so it’ll help you take better digital zoom photos, it’s not necessarily going to be as good as an Optical zoom but that’s still pretty cool.
Google lens functionality – is now built into the viewfinder so without even snapping a photo you can just point the camera at a business card or a restaurant menu and it will pull in like an email address or a phone number free to one-touch call or compose.
Shush mode – is a new feature that literally just sets your phone to silent or do not disturb mode when you put it face down on a table.
And there’s also now a call screening feature powered by Google duplex coming later and rolling out to a couple cities at a time but basically when you get a call you can accept reject or sent a call screen where that person calling you will interact with your Google assistant and you’ll see a live transcription of that interaction while it happens and you can decide to cut them off or Answer.