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The Google Pixel 3 has been on everyone’s minds, thanks largely in part to the fact that it leaked two months ago. Not only did we get to see what it would look like ahead of time, but it actually ended up in the hands of a number of different people across the internet, thanks to a stolen shipment of devices meant for Google developers. Even still, today Google went ahead with their scheduled launch events in both France and the US, announcing, among other things such as the Pixel Slate, the Google Pixel 3. Not only do we have all of the specifications here, but we also have details of its availability in Ireland too.

The Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL.

The Google Pixel 3 Design

We get a 0.5″ increase in display size from the previous Pixel iteration, but aside from that, not much has changed in terms of design. No notch appears in the standard Pixel 3, but despite this, we don’t get the bezel-less design favoured by most manufacturers these days. The bottom part of the back of the Pixel 3 is made from glass, which allows for wireless charging. This has the added benefit of giving the Pixel 3 a very smooth and premium feel. Three colours are available for the device: Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink. Fans of the coloured power button from the Pixel 2 will be overjoyed, as it makes its return here on the Pixel 3.

The Pixel 3 feels very similar to the Pixel 2 when held. The fingerprint scanner is on the back, slightly above the center, the singular rear camera on the top left, accompanied by the flash. Volume and power buttons sit on the right-hand edge of the handset. The Pixel 3, of course, uses a USB Type-C port, found on the bottom of the device.

The Google Pixel 3 XL Design

The most noticeable feature of Google’s new Pixel XL is the large display notch on the front, which takes up about a third of the width of the device. We’ve known for months that this was coming, thanks to the bountiful leaks that appeared, but some chose to stick their heads in the sand and insist Google would change its tune. Alas, to no avail. Whether or not this is a good thing is another discussion, but Google certainly hasn’t wasted the space. Dual cameras, a proximity sensor, and a front-facing speaker all fit snugly into the notch. On the opposite end of the device is a rather large bezel, similar to the standard Pixel 3. It houses a speaker, and once again the famed coloured power button makes an appearance on the side of the device.

Similar to its smaller counterpart, the Pixel 3 XL has a partial glass back, enabling wireless charging. The device ships in the same three colours as mentioned above; Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink. In terms of hardware placement, the only thing that’s changed from the Pixel 2 XL is the SIM tray, which has been moved to the bottom.

Specifications

Google Pixel 3:

Display: 5.5″ FHD+ 18:9 OLED
CPU and GPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 64GB or 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, no expandable storage options
Rear camera: 12.2MP f/1.8
Front camera: Dual 8MP f/1.8
Battery: 2915mAh

Google Pixel 3 XL:

Display: 6.3″ QHD+ 18.5:9 OLED
CPU and GPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X
Storage: 64GB or 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, no expandable storage options
Rear camera: 12.2MP f/1.8
Front camera: Dual 8MP f/1.8
Battery: 3430mAh

A more in-depth look at the camera

The Pixel line of devices are famed for their outstanding cameras, and Google looks to remain just as competitive with this generation of devices. While they may lack slightly in terms of hardware, this is more than compensated for by Google’s incredible software. Their HDR+ feature – as well as Portrait Mode – allows users to produce some incredibly good-looking photos with minimal camera hardware.

That being said, work is still done to keep the device’s imaging hardware competitive. Google has brought back Pixel Visual Core processor from the Pixel 2. This little chip allows other camera apps such as Snapchat and Instagram access to Google’s HDR+ processing without worrying about having to implement it themselves.

Video recording is once again stellar, with both devices pumping out a maximum resolution of 3840×1060 at 30fps. Bundle that with Google’s Electronic Image Stabilization software, couple that with Optical Image Stabilization, and you’re going to get some seriously good videos.

Software

One of the main draws of the Pixel line of devices is the software side of things. Being Google devices, they’re basically guaranteed to have the latest version of Android at all times. The Pixel 3 will be launching with Android Pie, and will almost certainly be the first to receive updates, with Google promising 3 years of monthly security patches.

The Pixel series also usually comes loaded with special Google software, and this generation is no different. Some of the new features include Top Shot. Top Shot takes a series of images and determines, using AI, which are the best parts of each image, and then stitches them together. Also promised is Super Res Zoom, which improves the quality of zoomed images using AI.

There are many other software features coming in the Google Pixel 3, read this XDA-Developers article if you want to learn about them all.

Availability

As is not usually the norm with Google, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are available for purchase in Ireland. Various European countries will begin selling them on November 11th. If there are any stock issues in Ireland, then there won’t be any difficulties importing it. Various parcel-forwarding services are available, which make shipping a doddle, if slightly more expensive.

Prices start at €859 for the 64GB version of the Pixel 3 in Europe and tops out at €1059 for the 128GB version of the Pixel 3 XL.

 

Post Author: Jack Price

19-year-old fumbling blindly in the world of journalism.