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The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL might just be the Flagship Phone of the Future

13 October 2018 | MJ Mendoza
  • Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL is set to be released on October 18, 2018 in the US.
  • The Google Pixel 3 is priced around S$1,249 for 64GB and S$1,399 for 128GB. As for the Google Pixel 3 XL, it starts from S$1,399 for 64GB and S$1,549 for 128GB.
  • One of the main highlights of this phone is its advanced AI for taking photos, a new AI assistant, unlimited storage, and a new AI-program called “Duplex” for phone-based tasks, higher display resolution and a whole lot more.

Last month, Apple was in the spotlight for releasing their brand new iPhones. Yes, they’re fast; yes, they’re great; but yes, they’re also expensive and some experts say that the hype is not worth it. This month, however, another big company is releasing their new flagship and it seems like this is the real future-proof phone - the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

Just last week in New York, the US-based tech giant just unveiled the much-awaited Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL. Although this is a really powerful phone, its main focus is mostly on photography, relying heavily on AI to process photos. While it does have official release dates in the US, the phone is only coming to Singapore starting from November 1 with prices starting from S$1,249 for the Google Pixel 3 and S$1,399 for the Pixel 3 XL.

An All-New Premium Design

Google is following the flagship trend of adopting a glass-back design from aluminum of the Google Pixel 2. Not only does it look more premium, the glass-back also enables wireless Qi charging. The screen will have a larger 5.5-inch P-OLED display which is a half inch difference from the Pixel 2. Furthermore, the Pixel 3 also pushes the boundaries of Full HD+ display with 2160×1080 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Pixel 3 XL, on the other hand, is bigger with 6.3-inch Quad HD+ P-OLED display 2960×1440 pixels plus a wide notch.

Internal Specs

While Google definitely did an overhaul on the outside, the inside is pretty much the same as the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. It still features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset as well as 4GB RAM on both models. When it comes to battery life, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL did get an upgrade. From 2,700mAh of the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3 gets 2,915mAh and the Pixel 3 XL gets 3,430mAh. The new Pixel phones also supports wireless and fast-charging.

A Smarter Way of Taking Photos

As for the camera, both the Pixel 3 and the 3 XL will share the same hardware. Although most flagship phones today sports dual- or even triple-lenses (Huawei P20 Pro), the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is sticking to a single-lens 12.2MP f/1.8 dual-pixel rear camera with optical and electronic image stabilization. What makes these new Pixel phones different from the previous one is its dual-lens front camera: one is armed with f/1.8 lens and a 75-degree field of view, and a f/2.2 lens with a wider 107-degree field for those semi-wide-angle groupfies.

As far as camera hardware is concerned, what makes the Pixel 3 and 3 XL amazing new camera features powered by AI. One of these features called the Top Shot which recommends when’s the best time to take a motion photo. Compared to other phones, the new Pixel flagships makes up for it with another AI-powered camera feature called the Super Res Zoom. It helps preserve details while you’re zooming in. Low-light conditions will also be aided by software called Night Sight which will be released much later.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s camera software will allow you to take photos without hitting the trigger button. All you need to do is frame the shot, strike a pose, and it will automatically take it for you. Capturing moving objects are also made easier thanks to AI with its Motiion Auto focus which keeps the image sharp while moving. There have also been improvements in the phone’s portrait mode as well as stabilization for selfie videos.

Unlimited Storage?

One of the few unfortunate things about the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL is that it doesn’t have an SD card slot but you can still get unlimited storage for your photos and videos. Until January 2022, you can enjoy unlimited storage on Google Photos in High Quality and “Original Quality”. After 2022, however, you would still be able to enjoy this feature in High Quality.

The new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL looks to be a promising phone. With all the new features and powerful specs, it’s no wonder people are now pre-ordering it in Singapore. Do you think it’s worth the upgrade? Let us know in the comments section or tag someone who needs this phone right now!

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