Everything You Need to Know About the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

By Tom Pritchard on at

So the big event has finally arrived. Google, despite knowing full well that everything has leaked, has come out to try and behave as though those leaks never happened. The Pixel 3 and its XL brother are now official, and we can hear what they have to offer with words from Google - rather than words from random social network accounts, Russian hands-on videos, and journalists who legitimately purchased them from a proper shop in Hong Kong. Here's everything you need to know.

As we all already know, there are two different phones being released. But we didn't need a torrent of leaks to tell us that. As usual there is a regular-sized Pixel 3 and a larger Pixel 3 XL. Both have that said design as the Pixel and Pixel 2, with the matt body and a glass bar at the top on the bit where the camera is.  Both phones have the same basic features, like FHD+ OLED displays with HDR support, but the Pixel 3 XL comes with a larger 6.3-inch full-screen display with that giant notch. The regular Pixel 3 has no notch, and a 5.5-inch display

Both phones come with dual front-facing speakers, which promise to be 40 per cent louder than the Pixel 2, and a fancy camera. That single lens rear camera will offer 12.2MP resolution with f1.8 aperture.

According to Google the Pixel 3 continues to take a number of photos whenever you take a picture, and uses algorithms to merge them together into one fancy-ass picture. Various extra features do something similar, taking multiple photos to ensure the best possible shot when you're taking picture at night, zooming in, or to avoid those unfortunate mistimed photos. That last one is called Top Shot, and can offer up suggestions on which of the shots you should use. Unless, of course, you like that incredibly derpy shot of your brother because it can be used to embarrass him with in the future.

Other notable additions include Super Res Zoom, which supposedly makes up for the lack of a second camera lens, which take multiple photos to combine them into a single high resolution picture. There's also Night Sight, whicl can create clear and crisp low-light images without having to use the flash.

The camera was the only thing about the Pixel 3 that Google really spent anytime telling us about, because they didn't reveal a whole lot in the event itself. But on top of all the extra and enhanced software it did briefly mention that both Pixel 3 models would come with the new custom Pixel Visual Core imaging chip, alongside a dual front-facing camera. That camera has an extra-wide angle lens to try and grab more details and scenery into the frame, apparently 184 per cent more than an iPhone X, which you can activate by zooming out from the default view. Oh and there are AR stickers, rendered to look realistic, in case you care about all that.

The Pixel 3 is making good use of Google Assistant's robocall feature, though, with the new 'Call Screen' feature. If you're not keen on picking up the phone wih a random number, Assistant will pick up for you and demand to know who's calling. Then the whole conversation will be transcriber so you can find out if it's an important call or some robot asking if you "was in a car accident".

Finally Google unveiled the Pixel Stand, a wireless charger for the Pixel 3 that apparently works through cases. As the leaks showed us, it essentially turns your phone into a mini Home Hub, giving you a visual way of interacting with Google Assistant.

Other specs we've had confirmed include 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 2,915 mAh battery (which feels disappointingly small), and a choice of 64GB of 128GB of storage. This being a Google phone there's no option to expand it. Obviously it runs Android Pie, and colour-wise the phone will come in the definitely ironically-named ‘Just Black’, ‘Clearly White’, and ‘Not Pink’. Pricing wise the Pixel 3 will start from £739, and the Pixel 3 XL will start at £869. The Pixel Stand will be £69, and we're getting the lot here in the UK on 1st November.

Updating with new information as we get it, since Google didn't feel like telling us everything...