Specs, Features, Pricing, and Availability

We’ve seen the Google Pixel Three leak on the XDA boards (twice), on Reddit, in a cab, in a practice, in a Chinese language store, on the Russian black market, however lastly, we get to see the Google Pixel Three and Google Pixel Three XL for ourselves. Right now, Google formally unveiled their newest Pixel flagship smartphones together with a wi-fi charging dock referred to as the Pixel Stand. Though the various leaks have stolen a lot of Google’s thunder, right now’s Made By Google occasion lastly places the remaining the countless hypothesis concerning the two units. Right here’s every part that you must know concerning the Google Pixel Three and Google Pixel Three XL: Google’s pair of powerhouse flagship smartphones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, wi-fi charging help, a top-tier digital camera, the newest model of Android Pie, and sure, a notch (on the XL.)

Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL Design

Final yr’s Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL have a dual-tone again: the highest half made from glass and the underside half made from plastic-coated aluminum. On the entrance, the earlier era units have a really 2017 design. What I imply by that’s that each the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have thick bezels on the highest and backside. In 2018, we’ve seen smartphone system makers comply with Important and Apple’s lead by minimizing backside bezels as a lot as potential and decreasing the highest bezel through the use of show panels with notches. Google has taken a unique design strategy.

Google Pixel Three

With the Google Pixel Three, not a lot appears totally different in comparison with the Google Pixel 2 save for the rise of zero.5″ in display measurement and the addition of a second front-facing digital camera. The smaller Pixel Three doesn’t have a show notch in contrast to it’s bigger sibling, however it additionally doesn’t have a notch-less, bezel-less design as you’ll discover on the Samsung Galaxy S9. The Pixel Three’s design could be very a lot nonetheless premium, nevertheless. The twin-tone again returns on the Pixel Three, however this time, the underside half is manufactured from glass to permit for wi-fi charging. It’s very delicate, nevertheless, and one thing you’ll be able to’t actually inform from advertising renders. The Google Pixel Three can be out there in Clearly White, Simply Black, and Not Pink, and the long-lasting coloured energy button from the Pixel 2 additionally makes a return right here.

In case you’ve ever held a Pixel 2, the Pixel Three will really feel proper at residence. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear proper under the transition between the 2 panes, the only rear digital camera is located to the highest left of the gadget and alongside it, the LED flash, the quantity and energy buttons are situated on the right-hand aspect of the system, and the USB Sort-C port is situated on the underside.

Google Pixel Three XL

Dread it. Run from it. The notch nonetheless arrives. Sure, the Pixel Three XL has a big notch. The presence of the show notch has been made clear a number of occasions in the previous few months regardless of the insistence of adherents to the “Pixel Ultra” principle. Google isn’t merely copying Apple if that’s what you’re considering; the notch is certainly a design selection. I don’t doubt that, if Google had actually needed, they might have gone with a “waterdrop” notch as seen on the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 and OnePlus 6T. Nevertheless, that might imply sacrificing helpful element area. Certainly, Google has packed the notch space with twin front-facing cameras, a speaker, and a proximity sensor. Thus, Google is intentionally making use of the notch space identical to LG did with the LG V40 ThinQ and identical to Huawei is doing with the Huawei Mate 20 Professional. (Though a number of smartphones just like the Vivo NEX and upcoming Xiaomi Mi Combine Three and Honor Magic 2 have principally eradicated bezels because of a pop-up digital camera, it stays to be seen if the know-how is actually prepared.)

On the backside, there’s nonetheless a moderately giant bezel which homes a speaker. It’s unlucky that the underside bezel isn’t smaller, however what’s fascinating is that the Pixel Three XL is principally similar in measurement to the Pixel 2 XL. On the rear, the gadget has a dual-tone again with the underside half product of glass to help wi-fi charging. Identical to its smaller sibling, the Pixel Three XL ships in three colours: Clearly White, Simply Black, and Not Pink. And identical to final yr’s Pixel 2 XL, the coloured energy button is current on the Pixel Three XL. The fingerprint scanner, rear digital camera sensor, USB Sort-C port, and buttons are positioned in the identical location as on the Pixel 2 XL, however the SIM card tray has been moved to the underside.


Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL Specs


For followers of OLED know-how with its unimaginable colours and deep blacks, you’ll be glad to know that each the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL have OLED panels. Once we reviewed the Google Pixel 2 XL’s show, we discovered it to be extremely correct. Shade accuracy isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, nevertheless, which is why Google permits you to select from a number of shade modes. This time round, although, they’ve thrown in an Adaptive mode. We’ll be wanting into the system’s show calibration to see simply how good the panel actually is, so keep tuned.

As for the precise show panel specs, the Google Pixel Three has a 5.5-inch FHD+ 18:9 OLED show whereas the Google Pixel Three XL has a 6.Three-inch QHD+ 18.5:9 OLED show.


Because of wonderful software program tuning, the Google Pixel units have been among the many most performant Android units available on the market. We anticipate the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL to be no totally different on this regard. Each the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL function the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip, and whereas upcoming units just like the Samsung Galaxy S10 might function the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150, the Pixel Three ought to be capable of sustain with the subsequent era units when it comes to real-world efficiency, simply based mostly on previous historical past.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset options the Adreno 630 GPU, and based mostly on our testing on the OnePlus 6 and POCO F1, ought to be capable of deal with the newest Android video games with ease. We’ll be placing the Pixel Three by means of our routine efficiency checks, in fact, to see how nicely the gadget compares with present units. After we get our palms on the OnePlus 6T and Razer Telephone 2, we’ll see how the Pixel Three fares towards 2018’s cream of the crop.


The third-generation Google Pixel gadget will once more have 4GBs of LPDDR4X RAM. For many customers, 4GBs of RAM must be greater than sufficient for day-to-day use. However for those who’ve ever used a smartphone with 6 or 8GBs of RAM (just like the Razer Telephone, OnePlus 5/5T/6, POCO F1, and so forth.), you’ll know that the additional reminiscence could make a distinction in real-world use. Having your apps keep open in reminiscence lengthy after you used them can velocity up your workflow, for one. Additional RAM additionally helps cellular players change to different apps with out the gadget killing the sport within the background. We’re not sure if 4GB of RAM will probably be Google’s norm shifting ahead, however we’re undoubtedly beginning to discover the shortage of additional RAM regardless of Google’s use of zRAM.


You have got the selection between a Pixel Three or Pixel Three XL with both 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.1 inner storage. Each units lack microSD card slots, as anticipated from a Google system, so that you’ll should depend on the cloud if you actually need greater than 128GB of space for storing. Thankfully, Google’s cloud providers are nice for retaining your multimedia information: there’s YouTube Premium, Google Photographs, Google One, and extra. Free, limitless unique high quality photograph and video uploads to Google Pictures will probably be obtainable till January 31, 2022. As a reminder, Pixel 2 house owners get this similar promotion till January 15, 2021.

Rivals like Huawei and Samsung now supply units with 512GBs of inner storage (the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS and Samsung Galaxy Notice 9 respectively), nevertheless it’s nonetheless uncommon to see units with such a excessive quantity of inner storage. Nonetheless, we might have most popular to at the least see a 256GB storage mannequin like OnePlus gives on the OnePlus 6.

Digital camera

When corporations like Samsung and Huawei are releasing smartphones with triple rear digital camera sensor arrays, Google makes do with a single rear digital camera. What the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL lack in additional digital camera sensors, they make up for in software program. Google’s digital camera software program is so good that the corporate thinks you don’t want two or three rear cameras—and they’ve the outcomes to again it up. Google’s Pixel smartphones have persistently been among the many greatest—if not the easiest—cell phone cameras available on the market. Google Digital camera‘s HDR+ and Portrait Mode features have raised the bar for smartphone photography, and these existing features will continue to do magic on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Thus, don’t be disenchanted to listen to that each the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL sport a single rear 12.2MP digital camera sensor with a f/1.eight aperture.

On the entrance, nevertheless, there truly is a secondary digital camera sensor—which means there are twin 8MP front-facing cameras with a f/1.eight aperture. Google isn’t utilizing it to do something loopy just like the LG V40’s Cine Shot, however the secondary wide-angle lens ought to show you how to take higher group selfies. Certainly, Google is introducing a brand new “Top Shot” function which helps you’re taking the right selfie to solely seize smiling faces and be sure that everyone seems to be included within the shot. The Pixel 2’s Face Retouching function is getting a brand new “Soft” and “Natural” choice to raised help totally different facial complexions. We’ll go into higher element on these new digital camera options down under.

Google needs you to reap the benefits of the Pixel Three’s digital camera prowess in each app that may take an image, and as such, they’ve introduced again the Pixel Visible Core co-processor from the Pixel 2. Apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, and extra use the Pixel Visible Core to get Google Digital camera’s HDR+ processing with out having to implement it on their very own. Meaning the Pixel Three provides you with one of the best footage in apps like Snapchat, even when you’re on the Snapchat Alpha redesign.

Google Pixel Three XL digital camera samples taken by Rozetked on a pre-production unit. Uncompressed digital camera samples could be seen right here.

Lastly, video recording stays unchanged from the final era. Each the Google Pixel Three and Google Pixel Three XL can document at a most decision of 3840×2160 at 30 frames per second. Google’s unimaginable Digital Picture Stabilization (EIS) is included and the hardware Optical Picture Stabilization (OIS) can also be current, so that you’ll be capable of take good, stabilized movies whereas on the transfer. Sluggish movement continues to be restricted to [email protected] whereas the OnePlus 6 manages 480fps and the Huawei P20 Professional and Samsung Galaxy Observe 9 handle 960fps.

Battery and Charging

Whereas the Google Pixel Three has a barely bigger battery capability in comparison with its predecessor (2,915mAh versus 2,700mAh), the Google Pixel Three XL has a barely smaller battery capability in comparison with the Pixel 2 XL (Three,430mAh versus Three,520mAh). Provided that each Pixel Three models ought to be extra energy environment friendly than their predecessors because of the advantages of the upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the battery lifetime of the brand new Pixel flagships must be similar to final yr’s fashions even when each Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL have barely bigger shows than the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL respectively. The USB Energy Supply commonplace is lots quick as compared with quick charging requirements. It’s not as ridiculously quick as SuperVOOC within the Lamborghini OPPO Discover X, however it will get the job carried out.

As a bonus, the Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL each function wi-fi charging. This definitely isn’t Google’s first foray into wi-fi charging (the Google Nexus four to Google Nexus 6 all had it), so it’s onerous to not say that the rationale behind the function’s addition is that Apple did it on the iPhone X. Whatever the cause, plainly Google is at the very least maintaining with rivals by providing pretty respectable wi-fi charging speeds by way of the Pixel Stand (as much as 10W)—however extra on that later.


Right here’s a desk summarizing the specs we’ve mentioned up to now.

Class Google Pixel Three Google Pixel Three XL Dimensions and Weight 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm, 148g 158 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm, 184g Construct Two-tone glass again, squeezable body for Lively Edge Two-tone glass again, squeezable body for Lively Edge Software program Android Pie with Three years of OS and Three years of safety patch updates Android Pie with Three years of OS and Three years of safety patch updates Show 5.5-inch 1080×2160 (18:9) OLED show 6.Three-inch 1440×2960 (18.5:9) notched OLED show System-on-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU Co-processor Pixel Visible Core

Titan safety chip

Pixel Visible Core

Titan safety chip

RAM 4GB LPDDR4X 4GB LPDDR4X Storage 64GB/128GB, no microSD card slot 64GB/128GB, no microSD card slot Battery 2,915 mAh Three,430 mAh Rear Digital camera Sensor 12.2MP f/1.eight, 1.4μm
Video recording: 4k @ 30fps, OIS+EIS

Sluggish movement: [email protected]

Twin Pixel Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL), Speedy and Correct Picture Tremendous-Decision (RAISR)

12.2MP f/1.eight, 1.4μm

Video recording: 4k @ 30fps, OIS+EIS

Sluggish movement: [email protected]

Twin Pixel Autofocus (PDAF), Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL), Speedy and Correct Picture Tremendous-Decision (RAISR)

Entrance Digital camera Sensors Twin eight.1MP (main is f/1.eight whereas secondary is a wide-angle lens with variable apertures of f/1.eight and f/2.2)

Video recording: 1080p

Twin eight.1MP (main is f/1.eight whereas secondary is a wide-angle lens with variable apertures of f/1.eight and f/2.2)

Video recording: 1080p

Ports USB Sort-C, nanoSIM tray USB Sort-C, nanoSIM tray Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.zero EDR/LE
  • NFC, GPS, eSIM, VoLTE, VoWiFi
  • LTE Class 16 (1Gbps)
  • UMTS: B1/2/four/5/eight
  • GSM: 800/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • LTE: 1/2/Three/four/5/7/eight/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/38/40/41/44/66/71
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.zero EDR/LE
  • NFC, GPS, eSIM, VoLTE, VoWiFi
  • LTE Class 16 (1Gbps)
  • UMTS: B1/2/four/5/eight
  • GSM: 800/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • LTE: 1/2/Three/four/5/7/eight/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/38/40/41/44/66/71
Safety Rear fingerprint scanner, Tamper-resistant hardware safety module supporting StrongBox Keymaster Rear fingerprint scanner, Tamper-resistant hardware safety module supporting StrongBox Keymaster Audio Stereo audio system, no Three.5mm headphone jack Stereo audio system, no Three.5mm headphone jack Charging Wi-fi charging, USB PD Wi-fi charging, USB PD IP Score IPX8 – Water however not mud resistant IPX8 – Water however not mud resistant

Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL Software program Options

As the usual bearer of all Android smartphones, it’s solely pure that the pair of Google flagships launches with the newest model of Android: Android Pie. Though they aren’t the primary units to launch with Android 9 (the bragging rights for that go to the Sony Xperia XZ3), the Google Pixel staff’s shut work with the AOSP group signifies that the system is poised to all the time get the newest Android platform options and safety updates quicker than some other system—regardless that Important is shut behind. The Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL ought to obtain updates to Android Q and Android R on the very least, on prime of three years of month-to-month safety patch updates. With Undertaking Treble‘s completion in Android Pie, we wouldn’t be stunned if the Pixel Three will get Android S because the units must be able to framework-only updates.

Relating to the software program options, listed here are the options which are widespread between the Pixel 2 and Pixel Three:

  • Lively Edge. Squeeze the Pixel to launch Google Assistant or silence alarms, timers, notifications, and telephone calls.
  • Now Enjoying. Determine songs which might be enjoying within the background.
  • All the time on Show. AOD retains the show in a low-power state whereas displaying the time, date, climate, battery degree, cost standing, and music by way of Now Enjoying.
  • Digital Wellbeing. Curb your smartphone habit by maintaining monitor of your utilization and wind down your telephone utilization at night time.
  • AR Stickers. Show stickers of fashionable characters from media and different generic pictures in augmented actuality.
  • Google Digital camera HDR+, Portrait Mode, and Movement Photographs.

And listed here are a number of the new software program options which might be coming with the Google Pixel Three (and might or might not roll out to earlier Pixel telephones):

  • Prime Shot which helps you to “get smiles, not blinks, and take groupie selfies that get everyone in the photo (without selfie sticks).” Prime Shot captures a collection of frames, and utilizing machine studying, determines which picture is one of the best based mostly on whether or not the topic is smiling, blinking, and/or wanting on the digital camera. To protect area, Prime Shot compresses unimportant pictures, however the pictures deemed necessary stay top quality. The Google Digital camera app will present a “Smart Capture” suggestion when the function is accessible.
  • Photobooth. This function enables you to place your telephone down whereas the on-device AI determines when to routinely seize a photograph. The AI can inform when customers are smiling or making foolish faces and captures a number of options so that you can think about. It’s type of just like the standalone Google Clips.
  • Tremendous Res Zoom: Enhance the standard of zoomed in photographs with AI.
  • Topic monitoring autofocus. The Pixel Three will monitor topics in body moderately than having you faucet to focus.
  • Night time Sight: Makes use of AI to routinely acknowledge poor lighting circumstances and simply to take higher low-light photographs. This function can also be coming to older Pixel units.
  • Portrait mode modifications: Regulate depth of focus, shade pop, and topic.
  • Playground (extra AR Stickers). Additionally coming to Pixel 2 and Pixel.
  • Face Retouching “Soft” and “Natural” choices.
  • Flip to Shhh in Digital Wellbeing, which helps you to flip your telephone to silence notifications.
  • Google Lens Ideas within the Google Digital camera app. This lets Google Lens work in real-time.
  • Adaptive shade mode: Routinely change shade modes relying on lighting.
  • New Reside Wallpapers with help for particular results on the All the time on Show.
  • Sensible Compose in Gmail. This rolled out on desktop shopper already, however is now coming to the Pixel smartphones.
  • Name screening: Mechanically display for spam calls. Launches right now and will come to earlier Pixel units.

Lastly, right here’s a video which exhibits off a lot of the options on the Google Pixel Three. This video was ripped from a leaked system app referred to as “Pixel Tips.”

Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL Equipment

Pixel Stand

That is the accent you’ve all been ready for—the Google Pixel Stand wi-fi charging dock. We’ve recognized for a while that the Pixel Three units would help wi-fi charging and that there can be a wi-fi charging dock referred to as the Pixel Stand, however it wasn’t till late final month once we lastly received our first good take a look at the accent. The Pixel Stand receives energy from a USB Sort-C port and helps 9V  ⎓ 2A and 5V ⎓ 3A for enter, matching different quick wi-fi chargers. In mild of rivals just like the Huawei Mate 20 supporting quick wi-fi charging, it’s necessary for Google to remain aggressive right here.

Google Pixel Stand for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel Stand wi-fi charging dock

If you place your Google Pixel Three on the Pixel Stand, you’ll be handled to a particular Google Assistant UI designed for docking mode. When docked to a “trusted dock” just like the Pixel Stand, the Google Assistant can inform you the climate, set a timer/alarm/reminder, make a telephone name, learn your messages, play information/music, and play a recreation.

Wired Pixel Buds

Final yr, Google launched the wi-fi Pixel Buds earbuds which cannot solely be used for media playback however may also management Google Assistant. Google needed to launch one thing since they eliminated the headphone jack within the Pixel 2, and this yr is not any totally different. The Pixel Buds this yr are wired, USB Sort-C earbuds. With OnePlus releasing USB Sort-C Bullets for the OnePlus 6T, we anticipate to see extra gadget makers bundle wired earphone equipment if their units lack a Three.5mm headphone jack.

Google Pixel 3 XL Wired Pixel Buds

Wired Pixel Buds for the Google Pixel Three XL. Credit: Cellular-Evaluation


Google made the sensible selection of releasing a set of instances referred to as “Fabric Cases” final yr with the Pixel 2. For my part, these instances really feel implausible within the hand. Given how properly these have been acquired, it’s no shock to see that the Material Instances may also be obtainable for the Google Pixel Three and Google Pixel Three XL. There’s even a brand new, darkish shade of pink out there to match the “Not Pink” model.

Google can also be beginning a brand new program referred to as “Google My Case” which lets clients create and order customized protecting instances.


Within the retail field, you’ll additionally get a USB Sort-C to Sort-A adapter, a USB Sort-C to three.5 mm headphone jack adapter, and a SIM tray ejection device. All commonplace equipment, although many customers appear to not understand that the USB Sort-C to Sort-A adapter works nicely as a USB OTG dongle.

Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL Pricing and Availability

Google doesn’t promote their smartphones for reasonable, that’s for positive. You’ll be paying a reasonably penny to get your arms on one in every of these units. There are various causes to select a Pixel over different smartphones, however the three greatest causes to decide on Pixel are efficiency, its digital camera, and software program updates. All the things else is simply additional, and actually, often overshadowed by different units at or under its worth vary. However you’ll discover it arduous to select one other smartphone that may beat the Pixel Three in these three areas, although if the worth is just too exhausting to abdomen, the OnePlus 6T or Xiaomi POCO F1 could also be higher picks.


You’ll get 6 months of the brand new YouTube Premium service without spending a dime. Listed here are the costs by variant.

System Storage Worth (US/EU/CA) Google Pixel Three 64GB $799/€859/999 CAD Google Pixel Three 128GB $899/€959/1129 CAD Google Pixel Three XL 64GB $899/€959/1129 CAD Google Pixel Three XL 128GB $949/€1059/1259 CAD


The Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL can be out there in america by way of Verizon Wi-fi. It should even be bought in numerous European nations.

Pre-orders begin at this time for the units. Pre-ordering the system in lots of locations will internet you a free Google Pixel Stand, amongst different advantages. Verify together with your native service for the most effective deal.

Google Pixel Three and Pixel Three XL Boards

Each new, fashionable Android gadget deserves a discussion board on XDA, and the Pixel Three collection is not any exception. The truth is, given the Pixel Three’s significance within the Android developer group, we would like the XDA boards to be the place for Pixel Three fanatics to collect. In case you are all in favour of speaking to your fellow lovers about both the Pixel Three or Pixel Three XL, then take a look at the XDA boards under. Right here you’ll discover information, guides, apps, themes, ROMs, kernels, equipment, and extra…as soon as the system begins reaching the palms of shoppers!

Google Pixel Three Boards

Google Pixel Three XL Boards

This can be a creating story. Examine again for extra particulars as we get them.

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