Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Google’s new Pixel Stand charger is quietly brilliant

Google’s new Pixel Stand charger is quietly brilliant

Google uses its flagship phones to show off the capability of its hardware understanding and software, but it has never come close to competing with the iPhone on sales. However, these phones also represent what the pinnacle of Android phones should be.

Camera performance has been a focus of past Pixel phones, and that's the case again with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

When shooting in low-light environments, an upcoming feature called Night Sight will help you shoot natural-looking photos without the aid of a flash.

But what about this years?

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available on October 18.

There's 128GB of storage and a fingerprint scanner on the back of both devices.

The Pixel 3 is priced at $799/€849 for the 64GB model and $899/€949 if you want double the storage.

Aside from that, and the obvious size differences, you won't find a lot of disparity between the two devices' aesthetics.

Specifications wise, it's exactly as we expected given the numerous leaks we've had surface over the previous months.

Unlike nearly any other phone on the market, Google has kept a single-lens camera on the back of the two Pixel phones. You know the drill.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature larger displays than last year's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, with the Pixel 3 offering a 5.5-inch FHD+ display and the Pixel 3 XL moving up to a 6.3-inch QHD+ display. There are no clear winners when it comes to user trust, but it's safe to say a smart home device without a camera is less creepy than a device with a really good one. On the front and rear are 8MP cameras. A feature called Top Shot uses AI to help you capture the flawless photo every time.

Google's first two Pixels featured powerful cameras that led its appeal among consumers as much as the full native Google suite of apps. The latest photos of your kids are added to the album automatically. Machine learning, new features, and more are all far more relevant. While it's true we got a glimpse of majority ahead of time thanks to copious leaks (which Google themselves lightly poked fun at during the opening segment), it was still fun to see them in action.

Google's Pixel Stand is a different take on the wireless charger, one that can turn your phone into a small smart node. And why would celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz agree to use a mobile phone for said mag photos? Not bad, if not a tad worrying.

On the phone side of things, Google has also introduced a "Flip to Shh" functionality that mutes your phone and notifications when you flip it over on a table. The 2160 x 1080 OLED of the Pixel 3 is not graced with a notch, but it does have very large bezels at both the top and the bottom. The updated app launcher on the device comes with Google Assistant integrated into the quick launcher. However, it's lacking a headphone jack and its screen slides against the official keyboard cover.

Non-photo features and specs of the phones include Google Lens, Smart Composite in Gmail, Google Assistant (the AI can now handle real-world tasks like calling restaurants to book a table), AI call screening, wireless charging, IP68 water- and dust-resistance, Android 9 Pie, a secure custom-designed Titan M chip, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, and a 2915 mAh battery. Camera improvements thanks to AI are found throughout the entire photography experience on the Pixel 3. Unfortunately, only time can tell on that.

The US SIM-free price of the two devices starts at £739 for the Pixel 3 and £869 for the Pixel 3 XL.

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