Google Pixel 3 & 3 XL Specs, Features, Price, News & UK Release Date

Delia Walker
October 15, 2018

Whilst the current Pixel 2/2XL offers the option between traditional software buttons and gesture navigation, Google claims the upgrade represents a shift in "all Android phones going forward". Here are some of the features that we love about the new Pixel 3.

Another game-changing update Google will be bringing to the Pixel XL 3 and 3 is the Duplex, which can call a restaurant to make bookings in a human-like voice when the owner is pressed for time.

Android is the most popular mobile operating system out there, but Google didn't utter the word "Android" on stage even once.

Ask any geek and he'll tell you, Google's hardware products are never as much about hardware as they are about software. The new Pixel-branded phones will anchor a product event Tuesday in NY. This is admirable as Android phones don't get the latest Android OS for months after each release. Similarly, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users will continue to receive two more Android updates (if Google launched them in time) till October 2020 and the same year, these second gen smartphones will get their final security updates.

When you receive a call, you can tap a button that says "screen call" to have Google Assistant act as your personal secretary. Like the iPhone, Google's new blower put a notch at the top to include the front-facing camera and speaker whilst still removing bezels from around the rest of the phone. It also helps that this year's phones finally support wireless charging. The sides of the phone are shiny aluminum. What's maybe more important, though, is the fact that these real-time translations aren't a Pixel phone exclusive either. The phone runs Android Pie and will be available in black, clearly white and not pink.

Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are impressive phones with some pretty cool features.

In the demo, Google compared a low-light photo from an iPhone XS with one from a Pixel 3, and as can be expected, the result was in Google's favor. For graphics, Google's using the Adreno 306 GPU which is found on nearly all flagship Android phones.

But the iPhone XS has a slightly larger display - 5.8 inches versus the Pixel 3's 5.5-inch screen.

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