The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones offer significant upgrades to prior models by adding a almost edge-to-edge screen on the larger model, more display area on both phones, faster processors and an improved camera.
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Google Home Hub can display YouTube videos and step-by-step recipes.
Camera-wise, the stats don't seem too impressive. The Pixel 3 XL's 2880 x 1440 OLED features a large bezel at the bottom, and notch that could be described as "chunky". It's a secret weapon of sorts in a fight that up until now has essentially been no-contest as PCMag sees it: The Apple iPad is simply the best midrange tablet for most people.More news: Minnesota health officials on the lookout for rare nervous system disorder
The hardware is exactly what you'd expect. However, there were a few details, especially software ones, that we weren't aware of. Oh, and there's a fingerprint scanner on the side in the power button that utilizes Google's new Titan security chip. Whether that matters to you or not probably depends on how much you crave the latest hardware.
Despite the fact that Verizon continues to be Google's only wireless carrier partner for its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, plenty of Android fans will buy them unlocked directly from Google. The stand looks pretty plain but does keep your phone upright when charging. Google Assistant is present along with a launcher that's made for a touch screen, but you still get the desktop version of websites so it still works as a bona fide productivity machine. This adds to the sleekness as well as simplicity of the Pixel 3. The display isn't just for reading your Google Mail or checking directions on Google Maps, but can also be used to watch videos on YouTube. This echoes some of what Apple announced with the new iPhones and ushers in the possibility that phones are in a post-megapixel landscape. New modes include Top Shot which recommends the best shot (in case you have photos with people smiling with closed eyes), Photobooth mode that automatically detect and capture smiling faces, group selfie that allows more people to squeeze in the frame and new AI stickers which include Marvel's Avengers characters and Childish Gambino. With the specs, the price tag of the phone has also been raised to Rs 71,000 which is indeed more than the previous price of Rs 61,000 for the Pixel 2.
Another addition is the ability to change the "aperture" in portrait shots.
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The fronts of the phones now have two separate cameras: an 8MP 28mm f/1.8 (35mm equiv.) standard one and an 8MP 19mm f/2.2 (35mm equiv.) wide-angle one. It will run Android apps, but offer functionality that's closer to a desktop. Now the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are here to claim the title. Though we would be able to make a full comment on it only in our final review.