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The 10 Most Surprising Things About Google's New Pixel – BGR



Google's strategy with the Pixel Smartphone line has always been a bit confusing. With exclusive carrier partnerships in the US and limited global availability, revenue has been fairly low in the past compared to other flagship phones. Is not Google really trying to make money with its pixel phones? Then there's the idea that Pixel phones should get the best out of what Android has to offer, thanks to a "pure" Android experience running on flagship hardware. But if that's the case, why wait until the end of the year for Google to launch new smartphones that will inevitably become obsolete a few months later when next-generation chipsets hit the market?

Maybe we overestimate things. Maybe Google's pixel-based strategy is as simple as the company that wants to do something more in line with Apple's iPhone. By controlling both the software and the hardware side of the iPhone experience, Apple can create the exact user experience you want. Meanwhile, Google has spent years watching other companies learn how to manipulate Android. Anyway, Google's pixel lineup has found an interesting niche in the Android market. Pixel phones have never offered state-of-the-art design or state-of-the-art specifications, yet they have managed to become the most popular among the most demanding Android users. And from the end of this week, the savvy users will finally get the new flagship of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from Google in their hands.

Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL largely follow the same pattern as the company's previous Pixel smartphones. They are fast and powerful flagship phones … but they are not the most powerful phones out there and they will be outdated in a few months when Snapdragon launch 855 phones. They also have sleek designs … but they still have huge bezels that look out of place among other modern flagship smartphones.

The star of the show on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is the software, as has always been the case Pixel phones. Well, the software and the camera, but let's not get ahead. Android 9.0 Pie is fast, fluid and "clean" on Google's latest pixel phones, and that will be the main attraction for Android fans. New Android updates will not appear weeks or months after Google releases. They will be available immediately. In addition, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are guaranteed to receive Android software updates and security updates for at least three years. With other Android phones, even top-of-the-line flagship brands, you'll be lucky if you get two-year software updates.

Of course, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are more than just vessels for Google's latest Android software. I've been testing both new Pixel smartphones since the big Google event last week, and I was very impressed by what Google achieved. Of course, the details that surround the third-generation pixel phones are old news as they have leaked in the last few months. In fact, full reports were released last month after allegedly stealing a box of prototypes that were then sold on the black market in Eastern Europe.

Normally, leaks would not affect a review, as they are usually seen only by the most avid tech fans. In the case of Google's Pixel Smartphones, the most avid tech fans make up almost the entire addressable market. Rather than revising all that old information that's been in this review for months, I'll focus on some of the most surprising things about the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that readers may not have fully understood

Notch [Not translated] 1
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Let's start with the undoubtedly most controversial on any of this year's new Google phones: the notch on top of the Pixel 3 XL's display

The fact that the Pixel 3 XL a notch will surprise no one. We saw it in leaked renderings half a year ago, and then we saw the real thing countless times when photos and videos of the Pixel 3 XL started licking. But Google has two issues with the notch on the Pixel 3 XL.

First, the simple fact is that there is a score. Some hardcore Android fans hate anything and everything Apple does just because it's Apple, and there's no question that the notch in the Pixel 3 XL display is modeled after the design of the iPhone X. An option for Android fans who want a new pixel phablet to deal with it.

The second problem is the size. What readers really appreciate when they see the phone in person is how big the Pixel 3 XL display really is. It is absolutely massive. Disturbing. I've never seen such a big score on a smartphone.

Now the big dual-front camera lenses are obviously the reason why Google's Pixel 3 XL notch is so gigantic. If you take a lot of selfies, it's worth it. Google's dual-lens design captures a much wider field of view than a typical selfie camera with a lens, allowing much more content to fit into the frame. If you do not believe that larger selfies are not worth the tradeoff, you can always choose the nodeless Pixel 3 instead of the Pixel 3 XL … as long as you can handle the huge f-stops above and below the screen. But also the chin-stop under the display of the Pixel 3 XL is huge. That's right, Apple is still the only company that works right.

Display quality

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The notch on the Pixel 3 XL could be gigantic The bezels on both new Pixel phones could be far too thick for a flagship in 2018, but the Displays themselves are both excellent.

Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL have beautiful OLED displays. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch screen with 1080p resolution, which reaches up to a pixel density of 440 ppi. The larger Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch screen that's packed even more densely with pixels. The quad HD resolution of the display is 523 ppi at this size. But the bottom line is that both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL displays have a deep black, vivid colors and a great contrast. They are not on par with Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones or Apple's iPhone XS and iPhone X models, but they're still impressive.

Fit and Target

Source: Zach Epstein, BGR 19659002] We could tell from all the data that Google's new Pixel smartphones were made from high quality materials, and the last two generations of Pixel phones had solid hardware. However, until we held the phones in our hands, we could not say with any certainty how impressive Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL really are.

Google's new Pixel phones are on par with the best Android flagship phones in the world when it comes to quality, fit and finish. I love Google's continued playful use of colors on the white and "Not Pink" versions of the phones, and the black is as slim as it gets. Coated aluminum surrounds the edges of the phones, while glass covers both the front and the back, which is a first for pixel phones. Both models are wonderfully lightweight despite the use of high quality materials.

And about it glass back …

Glass

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The technology is not there, however, so that wireless charging works efficiently through metal, so that smartphones Wireless charging, such as the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, use glass panels on the back. However, the glass on the Pixel 3 phones is unlike the glass on competing flagship phones from Apple, Samsung and other top vendors.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a design that is in line with the design identity of the previous two generations of pixel phones. The majority of the back has a matte finish, while the top is glossy glass. But unlike the last two pixel generations, the entire back of these phones is made of glass rather than metal. But the key here is that the majority of the back on the new pixels has a special surface that makes it look and feel like aluminum.

Smartphones like the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS and more have normal glass backs. They are smooth and they attract grease and dirt. But the great finish on the back of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is far more resistant to fingerprints and grease. It's a great feature of Google's design, though there's a pretty serious problem with the backs of these phones.

Harsche Vibrations

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As good as the overall design is, and as much as I love the fit and finish of Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, there is one serious design flaw that really bothered me while I started testing the phones.

Google's new Pixel phones have stereo speakers in front that sound great and are wonderfully loud. Unfortunately, the use of them means struggling with an unwanted side effect: an insane amount of vibration on the back of the phone. All phones vibrate to some degree when you loud loud enough. It is the nature of sound waves. But I have never felt like this before.

At low volumes it is really annoying. The back of the phone vibrates with every beat of the music you are playing. Even during the dialogue in a video you can still feel that the back of the phone is constantly vibrating. If there are noises, it vibrates.

If you then increase the volume to about 50%, the vibration becomes annoyingly too annoying. At 80% or higher, it's downright terrible. The back of the phone vibrates so hard or even harder than the vibration engine in the phone that Google uses for notifications. Imagine listening to music and vibrating your phone's notification engine all the time. It's so violent that Google's fabric pixel covers barely dampen it.

The whole point of the great stereo speakers on Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is that you can watch videos or play music at the volume nicely and nicely aloud. If you plan to actually use the speakers, be prepared to either hold the phone with your fingertips on the aluminum edges or get really annoyed by all the vibrations you will feel.

If this was an iPhone, it would absolutely be a "gate" – probably "Vibrationgate" or something like that – and the tech press would lose its collective opinion on the subject. Let's see how bloggers respond to the problem on a Google phone.

Performance

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The new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have no generation 7nm chipsets like Apple's new iPhones and upcoming Android phones. But do not be put off – it's still fast. Really, really fast.

Google's third-generation pixel phones may not be on top of the paper; There are several smartphones that beat them in benchmark tests. Of course, all this does not matter if you use the phone because it's as fast and smooth as any Android flagship I've tested. Or, I dare say, even faster.

When it comes to loading apps, switching apps, surfing the web, and all the other things you do on a regular phone, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are screamers. I've also found that many of the hiccups common to all Android phones appear less noticeable on Pixel 3, such as the slowness of loading YouTube videos. That said, there are still some things that it seems that Android will never get along properly. Like scrolling physics. Man, man, that's just annoying at this point.

eSIM

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Did you know that Google's new Pixel smartphones ship with eSIMs? Most people probably do not have that, but they'll be pretty happy if they find out that's the case.

Like Apple's new iPhone XS models and the iPhone XR, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL both have eSIM support on board. In this way, if you use a network operator that supports eSIMs, you can activate your phone on the network without worrying about a physical SIM card. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL continue to support regular physical SIM cards, which means you can use two accounts on your phone at the same time. That's a big deal, especially for people who travel a lot or use other lines for work and personal communication.

Pixel Booth

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Google's new pixel booth accessory ran long before the company unveiled it at the Pixel event last week, so we all knew it was next to Google's new phones would be published. What many people did not realize, however, was that the Pixel Stand would provide a number of useful features besides wireless charging.

The Pixel Stand is primarily a fast wireless charging stand. It uses the wireless Qi charging standard so it works with any phone and supports fast charging speeds of up to 10W. While it actually charges every phone, it offers a special enhanced experience when paired with a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.

When you first dock your Pixel Phone on the Pixel booth, a prompt appears asking if you would like Trust me, you do that.

Google's experience with Pixel Stand has several key components. The first is Google Assistant, which displays important relevant information and shortcuts at the bottom of your phone's display while docked at the Pixel booth. You can also use your voice to use the Google Assistant freehand.

The second nifty new feature activated by Pixel Stand is a special photo frame mode. Users can select specific albums from Google Photos, while Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL browse images as they dock and recharge.

In addition to these features, the Pixel Stand offers additional features. It has a sunrise wake-up feature that wakes you more gently than a shrill song or alarm sound, and it can even automatically show the live video feed when someone calls your Nest Hello Video doorbell.

At a Glance

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The intuitive features of Google Assistant are my favorite part of Pixel Stand, but also in other areas of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL user experience it informative functions. Of course, that's not surprising, considering Google's focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive information. There are many great features for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that are activated by these technologies, but the simple new feature "At a Glance" could be my favorite.

At-a-Glance is a startup widget that is included by default on the first homepage of Pixel 3. It replaces the default clock / date widget that you would find on any Android phone. With "At a Glance", users always see relevant contextual information such as weather and upcoming meetings from the calendar. Then the user can simply tap on the info to open the associated app. It's a very cool and useful feature that presents important information in a location that's always accessible, and Google plans to provide it with even more options soon.

Camera

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Last but not least, we come to Google's new camera on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Google's pixel phones have really shone in the past in this area, so expectations were higher for the release of Google's new phones. I am pleased to report that they are absolutely living up to the hype. Despite the fact that Google has opted for a one-piece reversing camera, while competing handset makers use two, three or even four lenses on the back of their cell phones, Google's camera on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL can go from head to toe with any of them , In fact, it might be best when it comes to overall picture quality.

I spent a lot of time taking similar photos with the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XS to compare the two. While there were definitely some scenarios in which the photos taken on the iPhone were clearly superior, the opposite seemed more common. The clarity of the photos on the Pixel 3 is remarkable. In fact, it's actually difficult to look bad, thanks to the software support that Pixel's camera app now offers. Here is a summary of some of my favorite features as described by Google:

  • HDR +: Pixel's camera ships with HDR + by default. The camera captures up to 8 frames and merges them into amazing photos in any light, with no shutter lag.
  • Top Shot: If you want the perfect action shot, Top Shot has your back and recommends the best shot moment you've captured. Top Shot uses machine learning on the device to find great shots around your photos that make people smile with their eyes open. It also detects blur, view and focus to recommend great shots and stores them in beautiful HDR + and higher resolution.
  • Photobooth mode: This feature allows you to capture a photo with a single smile. Start the Pixel Camera, then on the right side of the mode Switcher select "More" and then "Photobooth". After you press the blue button to start, Photobooth detects smiles and funny faces (along with lighting, movement and more) to capture photos automatically. Ask the assistant "Open Photobooth Mode" for a truly hands-free photo experience!
  • Group Selfie: Do you have a large group that traditionally does not fit into the frame? Try to capture a group selfie with the Pixel Camera. To take a group selfie, open your camera and "zoom" to the wide-angle lens to reach more people in the photo by flipping it off, tapping the slider, or clicking the zoom lever on the bottom of the viewfinder. Take a group photo and get the whole crew in the frame. The camera fixes the "fisheye warp" that you often get in other wide-angle shots after you take the picture. After opening Group Selfie, try Google Assistant to take a picture.
  • Motion Auto Focus: This helps you to keep your main function in the picture and focused. Start the pixel camera, front or back, camera or video mode, and tap the subject you want to focus on. A white circle appears around it and remains fixed on the object as the subject moves or as you move to find the perfect angle.
  • Super Res Zoom: Just open the camera and zoom in before taking a picture. Super Res Zoom ensures that the detail in your zoomed photo is crisp and clear. It uses the natural movement when you hold your phone in your hand to add a magnified resolution for zoomed shots.
  • Fixed Video Stabilization: Fixed Video Stabilization lets you capture video like a pro. Just start the video mode in the Pixel Camera and you're on the way! The Fixed Video Stabilizer works only on the rear view camera, but the "Digital Video Stabilizer" is now enabled for the front camera and is fixed on faces. It is possible to stabilize the resolution up to 4K, but recording in 1080p provides the best stabilization results. Now your videos will look silky, whether you are walking, jogging or moving in any other way.

Top Shot is by far the favorite feature among the improvements listed above. The ability to just shoot and not worry about pressing the trigger at just the right moment relieves the action. The "Night Sight" improved low-light function of the Pixel 3 should also be very interesting, but it's not yet available on the early Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL software that I tested. On the other hand, Google's "Super Res Zoom" feature works well, but it's still not a substitute for optical zoom. The evidence speaks for itself.

Bonus

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I know, I said 10 surprising things, but there is one more piece of information: Google's "Not Pink" color awesome. In some lights, it only looks white, but it has a nice light pink color in other lights. Seriously, it's the best color of this pixel-phone generation.

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Specs

Full Screen 5.5 Inch Display
FHD + (2160 x 1080) flexible OLED at 443ppi 18: 9
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 Always on display
Now Playing
HDR Support (UHDA Certification) 100,000: 1 Super Contrast Ratio
True Black Level
Full 24-Bit Depth or 16.77 Million Colors

Fullscreen 6.3 inches Display
QHD + (2960 x 1440) flexible OLED at 523ppi 18.5: 9
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 Always Present
Play Now
HDR Support (UHDA Certification) 100,000: 1 , Super Contrast Ratio
True Black Level
Full 24-Bit Depth or 16.77 Million Colors

68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9 mm / 2.7 x 5.7 x 0.3 in 148 g / 5.2 oz

76.7 x 158.0 x 7.9 mm / 3.0 x 6.2 x 0.3 in 184 g / 6.5 oz

Black only, clear white , not pink

Aluminum frame with hybrid coating Corning® G orilla® Glass 5 on front
Soft touch glass (Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5) on the back IP68 waterproof and dustproof

2915 mAh battery
Up to 7 hours with 15 minutes charging time LTE Standby: Up to 12 days
3G talk: Up to 17 hours
Video playback: Up to 11 hours

3430 mAh battery
Up to 7 hours with 15 minutes charging time LTE Standby: Up to 14 days
3G discussion : Up to 18 hours
Video playback: Up to 11 hours

Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 845 2.5Ghz + 1.6Ghz, 64bit Octa-Core Adreno 630
Pixel Visual CoreTM
Titan M security module

12.2MP Dual-Pixel
1.4μm
Autofocus with two-pixel phase detection Optical + Electronic Image Stabilizer Spectral + Flicker Sensor
ƒ / 1.8 Aperture
Field of View: 76 °

8MP Wide Angle and Normal Cameras
Wide Angle: ƒ / 2.2 Aperture, Field of View 97 °, Fixed focus Normal: ƒ / 1.8 Aperture, field of view 75 °, autofocus with phase det ection

Rear view camera:
1080p @ 30fps, 60fps, 120fps, car 720p @ 30fps, 60fps, 240fps, car 4K @ 30fps [19659002] Front Camera: 1080p @ 30fps 720p @ 30fps 480p @ 30fps

Active EdgeTM
Back Mounted Pixel ImprintTM Fingerprint Sensor for Quick Release Proximity / Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer / Gyrometer
Magnetometer
Barometer
Android Sensor Hub
Enhanced X-axis feel for sharper / defined response

USB Type-CTM 18W Adapter with USB-PD 2.0 18W Fast Charge
Wireless Charging (Works with Qi Certified Chargers)

USB Type CTM USB 3.1 Gen 1 Single Nano SIM

Dual Front Firing Stereo Speakers 3 Microphones
Noise Canceling

Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a / b / g / n / a 2 × 2 MIMO Bluetooth 5.0 + LE
NFC
Google Cast [19659077] GPS GLONASS Galileo BeiDou

Worldwide Network / Network Compatibility with:
GSM / EDGE: Quadband (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
CDMA EVDO Rev. A: BC0 / BC1 / BC10
WCDMA: W1 / W2
FDD-LTE: Tapes 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25 /
26/28/29/32/66/71
Supports up to CAT 16 (1 Gbps DL / 75 Mbps UL), 5 x DL CA, 4 x 4 MIMO, LAA, 256-QAM DL and 64-QAM UL depending on carrier support
eSIM (select markets. For details, see the supplier)
FeliCa (Japan Only)

Hearing Aid Compatibility

M3 / T3 HAC rating
Google devices comply with the HCC requirements set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).)

Latest Android 9.0 Pie + Google Assistant

Designed for VR for use with Google Daydream View headset

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