Google Pixel 3 Details and Reviews

Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3 XL

The Google Pixel 3 mobile features a 5.5″ (13.97 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and runs on Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. The device is powered by Octa core (2.5 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385 + 1.6 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 385) processor paired with 4 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 2915 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 12.2 MP camera CMOS image sensor supporting a resolution of 4032 x 3024 Pixels and the front snapper is powered by a CMOS image sensor. Other sensors include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope. So, does it have a fingerprint sensor? Yes, it does. For graphical performance that can make games run smoothly, this phone has got a Adreno 630 GPU. On board storage is at 64 GB with the option to expand the memory by No. Design is one of the most important factors when it comes to mobiles. This phone is 7.9 mm slim and weighs 148 grams.

Google Pixel 3 Lite release date, price, news and leaks

Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3

So far, the Pixel range has been exclusively high-end, but that might be all set to change, as numerous leaks and rumors point to a Google Pixel 3 Lite joining the already-available Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL.

While nothing about the phone is known for sure yet, we have a good idea of what to expect, as leaked images and specs lists have painted a fairly complete picture.

We’ve collected all the news, leaks and rumors here and will add to this article whenever new information emerges. So read on for all the information so far on the Pixel 3 Lite, when you might see it, and what it might cost.

Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3

GOOGLE HAS OFFICIALLY introduced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, both of which had precisely zero surprises in store.

Given the huge number of leaks building up to Google’s launch, there was little left for the firm to unveil. As expected, the flagship duo sport larger displays than last year’s models at 5.5in and 6.3in, respectively, run Google’s Android 9.0 OS and offer dual front-facing cameras and wireless charging for the first time.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL below.

You can also check out our full Google Pixel 3 XL review.

Release date
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are available to pre-order now and will start shipping in Blighty on 1 November.

At the time of writing, some Pixel 3 XL models have sold out, with shipping dates now listed as “three to four weeks”. This includes all configurations of the new ‘Not Pink’ model, and 128GB variants of the Black and White versions.

Price
Here in the UK, the Pixel 3 will cost £739 with 64GB storage and £839 with 128GB of storage. The Pixel 3 XL will cost £869 and £969 with 64GB and 128GB of storage, respectively.

O2 has started taking pre-orders. It’s offering the Pixel 3 from £43 per month and the Pixel 3 XL from £45 per month, both with £30 upfront costs.

Over on the EE website, the Pixel 3 can be picked up for £10 on a £58 per month contract, while the Pixel 3 XL will set you back £20 on a £63 tariff.

Three is flogging the Pixel 3 from £41 per month with a £99 upfront cost, and the larger Pixel 3 XL from £47 per month with the same upfront cost.

Over at Sky Mobile, pricing for the Pixel 3 starts at £35 per month, and from £40 per month for the Pixel 3 XL.

Vodafone is offering the Pixel 3 from £58 per month with a £49 upfront cost, and the larger Pixel 3 XL for £62 per month with the same £49 upfront fee.

Latest news
25/11/18: Google’s rumoured Pixel 3 Lite has been spotted in the wild yet again, this time cosying up to its Pixel 3 sibling. Russian Twitter user @jc_ru shared the image, which appears to show the Pixel 3 Lite’s taller 5.56in display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio next to the Pixel 3’s 5.5in screen with 18:9 ratio.According to earlier rumours, the Pixel 3 Lite – codenamed ‘Sargo’ – features a Snapdragon 670 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, a 12.2MP main camera and the same 2,915mAh battery as the Pixel 3. 

22/11/18: Some Pixel 3 owners are complaining that their spanking-new smartphone can’t be bootloader unlocked, even if purchased directly from Google. Specifically, over on the XDA Developers forum, owners of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are moaning that the “OEM unlocking” toggle within Developer Options is greyed out.

While Google hasn’t yet commented, some are speculating that the Google Store could be shipping Verizon models by mistake; typically, devices purchased directly from the firm are easily unlockable, while those bought from Verizon – the exclusive US carrier for all Pixel models – cannot. 

It’s likely Google will push out a software fix; a similar issue affected Pixel 2 handsets last year, but users were required to perform a factory reset.

20/11/18: Pixel 3 owners are reporting yet another software glitch, and this one is disabling the smartphone’s ‘world-class’ camera. Over on Google’s forums and  Reddit, users are complaining that a bug is preventing them from using the camera app; some are seeing a ‘fatal error’ pop-up, while others are getting a ‘can’t connect to camera’ message in third-party apps. Users say that rebooting the device only temporarily fixes the glitch, and others say it even persists if you factory-reset the Pixel 3 Google hasn’t yet said whether a fix is coming.

19/11/18: Google looks to be prepping a mid-range version of the Pixel 3 complete with plastic chassis and 3.5mm headphone jack, according to photos obtained by Rozetked. The leak suggests that the so-called Pixel 3 Lite, codenamed ‘Sargo’, will sport a 5.5in 2,220×1080 LCD screen, a Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage, down from the 64GB included with the flagship Pixel 3. 

google pixel 3
google pixel 3

The photo also appears to show that the bottom front-facing speaker has been axed, and instead replaced by a bottom-firing speaker. However, Rozetked claims the handset will feature the same camera setup as the regular Pixel 3; and the added bonus of a headphone jack

15/11/18: Google has promised that a fix is coming for a bug that is causing text messages to vanish for Pixel 3 and 3 XL owners. Those affected think the firm’s latest Android security update might be to blame, but others say that their messages vanished sometime last month. Either way, the glitch should be fixed shortly, with Google saying in a statement: “We recently discovered a bug affecting SMS/MMS on a small number of Pixel 3s and are rolling out a fix soon.”

14/11/18: Yet another bug is irking owners of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. After reports of disappearing photos, users are now complaining that text messages are vanishing after installing Google’s latest security patch. According to one user on Reddit, via Android Police, two years’ worth of messages were wiped after the update was installed, and it sounds like Google doesn’t have any answers just yet.

According to Android Police and several users on Reddit, text messages began disappearing from users’ inboxes shortly after the security patch was installed. One Redditor reportedly lost over two years worth of messages, with only recently created message threads showing up. Upon contacting support, several users were told that Google was aware of the issue and that they were working on it. It is unlikely that the Messages app is at fault, considering that older Pixels and the XL variant are free from the issue.

2/11/18: The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are suffering from an overheating issue that’s causing the handsets to completely shut down while on charge. As reported by 9to5Google, users have taken to social media to complain about the borkage, moaning that the issue triggered when the phone is performing an action while being juiced.

Users are flung a notification informing them that the “Phone is getting warm” and that some features will be “limited while phone cools down”, followed by a slowdown in charging speed. For some, the will shut down entirely, with a “Phone turned off due to heat” message showing once it restarts. 

Google has yet to comment on the issue. 

30/10/18: A weird, but also hilarious bug is equipping Pixel 3 XL handsets with, er, two notches (below).

google pixel 3
google pixel 3

As reported by Android Police, several users have noticed a bug which randomly adds a side-mounted notch to the Pixel 3 XL’s display. Thankfully, according to Reddit users who’ve experienced the glitch, the virtual notch does disappear after a restart of the device.

Google is aware of the problem too, telling Android Police that a fix for the issue is “coming soon”.

24/10/18: The Pixel 3 and 3 XL only support fast wireless charging on Google-approved accessories, it’s been revealed. Android Police reports that only the official Google Pixel Stand supports fast 10W wireless charging, while third-party products are stuck on slower 5W charging speeds, even if they are 10W capable.

It got the scoop from a miffed Pixel 3 owner who recently purchased a 10W Anker charger that it was only clocking 5W speeds. Anker confirmed the bad news, saying that their testing attributed the downgraded capabilities to a restriction put in place by Google.

“Google’s official wireless charger can provide 10W for the newly-released Pixel 3 and Pixel XL 3, however, according to our quality engineer, Pixel sets a limitation for third-party charging accessories and we are afraid that even our fast wireless charger can only provide 5W for these 2x devices,” the accessory maker said.

Google subsequently confirmed it, too, but said in a statement that it’s working with parents to get fast 10W chargers certified for use with the Pixel 3.

23/10/18: Just days after it was revealed that Google’s Pixel 3 smartphones suffer from a photo-deleting bug (below), users are complaining that the speakers on the 3 XL are producing buzzing or distorted sound. The issue, which appears confined to Google’s larger flagship, is affecting a large number of users, who suggest that low-to-mid-range frequencies are especially problematic.

“So I absolutely LOVE my new pixel 3 XL but there seems to be a fuzzyness to the speakers on it,” one Reddit user wrote. “It sounds like almost an electric distortion, noticed it from day one.”

Another moaned: “My speaker sounds like shit at low volume, almost like a buzzing at the bottom one and the sound is different depending on how I touch the back glass.”

Google has yet to comment, but users are speculating that the issue is hardware-related, which means a replacement device might be the only solution.

22/10/18: Early adopters of Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL are complaining that there’s an issue with the Camera app not saving pictures. The issue – which had also been affecting Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices, according to a Reddit thread – occurs when a user takes a photo with Google Camera and switches to another app or locks the handset immediately after. Some users speculate that the bug is related to the Android Doze battery saving feature, as disabling that seems to have solved the problem for a couple of people. Google has yet to comment on the bug.

Google Pixel 3 full specifications

GENERAL

Release date October 2018
Launched in India Yes
Form factor Touchscreen
Body type Glass
Dimensions (mm) 145.60 x 68.20 x 7.90
Weight (g) 148.00
IP rating IP68
Battery capacity (mAh) 2915
Removable battery No
Fast charging Proprietary
Wireless charging Yes
Colours Just Black, Clearly White, Not Pink
SAR value 1.24

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels
Protection type Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio 18:9
Pixels per inch (PPI) 443

HARDWARE

Processor 2.5GHz octa-core (4×2.5GHz + 4×1.6GHz)
Processor make Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No

CAMERA

 

Rear camera 12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron)
Rear autofocus Phase detection autofocus
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/1.8)
Front autofocus Yes

SOFTWARE

Operating system Android 9.0

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
NFC Yes
USB OTG Yes
USB Type-C Yes
Headphones Type-C
FM No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes

SENSORS

Face unlock No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Google Pixel 3 BD price: BDT. 82,000
Processor Octa-core 4×2.5 GHz Google Pixel 3 India price: Rs. 72,500
RAM 4 GB Google Pixel 3 Pakistani price: Pkr. 1,25,000
ROM 64/128 GB Google Pixel 3 US price: 975
Display 5.5 inches Google Pixel 3 Price in Europe: 850 Euro
Camera 12.2MP &  8MP + 8MP Google Pixel 3 Price in China: Yaun 6,760

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