PIXEL 3 – In depth review

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THE DESIGN:

Google seems to have bumped up their hardware game with a slightly better build quality this time. The main change which goes unseen is the the all-glass back. Yes it seems the same as last year but believe me the two-tone back this time has the same material, glass, which adds up to the weight.

Both Pixel 3  are built with aluminum frame with hybrid coating, and apart from Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front to protect the display, the smartphones feature ‘soft-touch’ Gorilla Glass 5 on the back as well. Both come with an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The bigger section is a matte-frosted part of the glass which reveals its property on certain viewing angles only.

The volume rockers have been shifted to the right side along with the power button which keeps the left side void.

However the Pixel 3 doesn’t have the Notch-of-shame, just old-fashioned pixel with a big bezel on the top.

 

THE COLOUR AND THE LOOK AND FEEL:

This one feels a narrow one which is small as well but it feels so good to hold in hand, it feels heavy compared to last year’s Pixel.

It comes in three colour variant- Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink… Well done Google with the names. The most interesting color i find is the Just Black as it looks cool with The USB section coloured too. Well done!.

  • Coming to the power button, which is gtheir signature from the last year – the white one comes with Mint coloured power button, the  not pink variant comes with orange power button and the black one has the same colured power button.
  • Coming to the look and feel again i feel both are kind of slippery.
  • The fingerprint sensor is in the optimum position which helps the Index finger reach.
  • The Speaker are both front firing which are loud and clear.

SCREEN:

The Pixel 3 comes with a  5.5 inches FHD+ OLED panel with the screen resolution  2160 X 1080. 

CAMERA:

Front facing one has 2 setups with features of the same standard with 75 degree field of view as well as wide-95 degree field of view same as LG V40.

The smartphone is equipped with a dual camera setup at the front. It bears an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 97-degree field of view, fixed focus, and an 8-megapixel normal lens with f/1.8 aperture, 75-degree field-of-view, and autofocus with phase detection. The front camera can should 1080p videos at 30fps witn the whole same concept as LG V40.

The rear has been upgraded once again with new 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel camera with 1.4-micron pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, and a 76-degree field-of-view. The rear camera also  comes with features such as autofocus with dual pixel phase detection, optical and electronic image stabilisation, spectral and flicker sensor, and more. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps.

With the software, which they are experts are Google says that the cameras in Pixel 3 are better than before, as they can capture “the best shot on the first try,” with the new ‘Top Shot’ feature. The company claims that Group Selfie feature in the smartphones captures 184 percent more area of the scene than that of iPhone XS. Google has introduced a Night Sight feature for clicking images in low-lighting conditions. A Photobooth feature will also take shots of smiling subjects.

The Pixel 3 smartphones come with exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work in real-time on URLs, emails, phone numbers, addresses, and QR codes. There is no requirement of mode switching nor an Internet connection. The new Pixel smartphones will also come with a new Google Assistant feature called Call Screen – the AI-powered feature will see the phone answer for you, ask who’s calling and why, and then transcribe the conversation and show it on screen. It will be available for the Pixel 3 smartphones at launch, and will become available for other Pixel smartphones by next month. Once again, everything happens on device, using AI. Notably, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are YouTube Signature devices. Another highlight feature is something called ‘Now Playing’, which is an always-on music identification feature. Google also announced that its Smart Compose feature will be coming to mobile first with the new Pixel smartphones.

SECURITY:

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL come with Titan M Security module, which is a custom-made, built-in security chip that protects sensitive on-device data by securing your lock screen and strengthened disk encryption. Google is providing Pixel USB Type-C earbuds that promise to provide “crystal clear sound”, quick access to Google Assistant, and notification sounds. Both feature an M3/T3 HAC rating for hearing aid compatibility. They are ‘Built for VR’, and support the Google Daydream View headset. Both smartphones feature dual front-firing stereo speakers, 3 mics, and noise suppression technology.

THE SPECIFICATIONS IN A NUTSHELL:

The Google Pixel 3 comes with 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options. Google is promising unlimited online storage for photos and videos, with original quality storage until January 31, 2022. Connectivity options in the Google Pixel 3 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth v5.0 + LE, USB Type-C (v3.1) port, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and Google Cast. Sensors on board the handset are accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It also features an Active Edge sensor and a back-mounted Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking. Google is also touting “advanced x-haptics for a sharper/ defined response.”

Under the hood, the Google Pixel 3 packs a 2,915mAh battery that is claimed to provide up to 7 hours of life with 15 minutes of charge. It comes with a USB Type-C 18W (USB PD 2.0) power adapter, 18W fast charging support (rated to deliver 7 hours of backup with as little as 15 minutes of charging), and Qi wireless charging support. Fast wireless charging is available with the Pixel Stand (seen below). In terms of dimensions, the smartphone measures 68.2×145.6×7.9mm and weighs 148 grams. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack, but the smartphone ships with a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adaptor as well as Pixel USB Type-C earbuds.

PRICE:

Google Pixel 3 price in India starts at Rs. 71,000 for the 64GB variant, going up to Rs. 80,000 for the 128GB variant. The pre-orders for the Pixel 3 start from October 11 and they will then go on sale on November 1, via both online and offline stores. The Pixel Stand will also be available in India, and will be priced at Rs. 6,900. The company has listed Flipkart, Reliance Digital, Croma, Poorvika, Bajaj Electronics, and Vijay Sales as its retail partners.  The company notes that the Pixel 2 XL (64GB) will continue to be sold at Rs. 45,499.

Source- Google.

PIXEL 3

₹71,000
9

Built-in Quality

9.5/10

Sound Quality

9.5/10

camera

9.0/10

battery

8.5/10

Software and performance

8.5/10

Pros

  • CAMERA is good
  • Hardware is excellent
  • Stock android
  • IP68 water resistant
  • Squeeze hardware available

Cons

  • No expandable storage
  • 3.5 mm jack not available
  • Big Notch
  • No face recognition hardware

A simple guy, studying engineering and always in a search of new tech.

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Shubhajit Chakraborty

A simple guy, studying engineering and always in a search of new tech.

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