In a bid to out-do Apple’s iPhone XS and Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Google just unveiled their new Pixel 3 smartphones – the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.
Artificial-intelligence featured heavily in the design, with an increasing number of AI-driven features appearing across all aspects of the phone; from the camera to battery life and device control.
- Bigger screens: the Pixel 3 at 5.5″ and the Pixel 3 XL at 6.3″.
- Available in black, white and pink.
- IP68 water resistance.
- 10W wireless charging
- Dual selfie cameras on the front (includes a wide angle lens to enable wide-angle group selfies and zooming).
- Rear camera remains a solo 12-megapixel, but now includes several AI-powered features (see below).
- Pixel 3 will cost from £739 and the Pixel 3 XL from £869.
Additional camera features
Top Shot – this shoots lots of HDR+ shots before and after you hit the shutter button. It then suggest s superior shot from the batch, using on-device machine learning to detect things such as hair covering the face or unintentional blinking.
Super Res Zoom – this uses a computational photography technique to shoot lots of images at slightly different angles and blends them together to add detail to the image as you zoom in.
Night Sight – this will capture natural-looking photos in the dark without a flash, and will roll out as a software update later in the year.
And there’s more…
Pixel Stand – a new wireless charging accessory, which will change your smartphone into a Google Assistant smart display.
Sunrise mode – fills the room with warming colours immediately before the alarm goes off, for a more natural wake-up.
Google also unveiled a new Chrome OS tablet called the Pixel Slate.
- High-res display (with 239 PPI)
- Dual front-facing speakers
- Finger-print scanner in the power button
- Can be paired with the Pixel Slate keyboard to create a ‘full desktop experience.’
- Launches in the US later this year and will cost $599 (with the keyboard costing $199 and the stylus $99).