Pixel 3

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  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
Pixel 3 schematic.svg
Pixel 3 XL schematic.svg
Diagrams of Pixel 3 (left) and Pixel 3 XL (right)
Codename
  • Blueline (Pixel 3)[1]
  • Crosshatch (Pixel 3 XL)[1]
BrandGoogle
ManufacturerFoxconn[2]
SeriesPixel
Compatible networksGSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, CDMA EVDO Rev A, WCDMA, LTE, LTE Advanced
First releasedOctober 9, 2018; 12 months ago (2018-10-09)
Availability by region
PredecessorPixel 2
SuccessorPixel 4
RelatedPixel 3a
Type
Form factorSlate
DimensionsPixel 3:
H: 145.6 mm (5.73 in)
W: 68.2 mm (2.69 in)
D: 7.9 mm (0.31 in)
Pixel 3 XL:
H: 158.0 mm (6.22 in)
W: 76.7 mm (3.02 in)
D: 7.9 mm (0.31 in)
Mass
  • Pixel 3: 148 g (5.2 oz)
  • Pixel 3 XL: 184 g (6.5 oz)
Operating systemAndroid 9.0 "Pie"
Upgradable to Android 10
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon 845
CPU2.5 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz, 64-Bit Octa-Core
GPUAdreno 630
Memory4 GB LPDDR4X
Storage64 or 128 GB
Removable storageNone
Battery
  • Pixel 3: 2915 mAh
  • Pixel 3 XL: 3430 mAh
Data inputsUSB-C
DisplayPixel 3: 5.5 in (140 mm) FHD+ OLED at 443 ppi, 2160x1080 pixel resolution (2:1)
Pixel 3 XL: 6.3 in (160 mm) QHD+ OLED at 523 ppi, 2960x1440 (18.5:9) pixel resolution
Both displays have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and 424 nits max brightness[3]
Rear camera12.2 MP (1.4 μm) with f/1.8 lens, Dual Pixel Phase autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilization, spectral + flicker sensor, 1080p at 30/60/120 fps, 720p at 30/60/240 fps, 4K at 30 fps
Front camera8 MP with f/1.8 lens and 75-degree lens, second front camera with 8 MP, f/2.2, fixed focus and 97-degree wide-angle lens, 1080p at 30 fps, 720p at 30 fps, 480p at 30 fps
SoundFront firing stereo speakers
ConnectivityWi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5.0GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 5.0 + LE, NFC, GPS (GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou), eSIM capable
Other
  • IP68 IEC standard 60529 (splash, water, and dust resistant)
  • 18 W fast charging
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Titan M security module[4]
WebsiteGoogle Pixel 3
References[5]

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are Android smartphones from the Google Pixel product line. The phones were officially announced on October 9, 2018 and then released initially in the United States on October 18, 2018 and other parts of the world on November 1, 2018.[6] They are the successors to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.[7][8]

Following diminished sales of the Pixel 3 lineup,[9][10][11] on May 7, 2019 Google announced midrange variants at I/O 2019, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL,[12][13] and on October 15, 2019 announced the successor, the Pixel 4.[14]

Specifications[edit]

Design[edit]

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come in three colors: ‘Just Black’ (all black), ‘Clearly White’ (white with a mint green power button), and ‘Not Pink’ (pink, with an orange power button).[15] The Pixel 3's bezels are reduced greatly from its predecessor. The Pixel 3 XL is the first Pixel device to use a display notch. They both run on Android Pie natively and both have access to Android 10.[16] The display notch can be "blacked out" in developer options.[17][18]

Hardware[edit]

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with a Snapdragon 845, Pixel Visual Core (PVC) and 4 GB of RAM; and 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. Both phones feature glass backs and wireless charging, which are firsts for the Pixel range. Google Pixel Stand can wirelessly charge at 10W, but wireless charging is capped to 5W when 3rd party wireless chargers are used.[19] They also feature front-facing stereo speakers and no headphone jack, like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both phones also use a USB-C connection for charging and connecting other accessories.[5] Both phones also contain Active Edge, where squeezing the sides of the phone activates Google Assistant, which debuted with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.[20]

The phones have a water protection rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529[5], an improvement from its predecessors water protection rating of IP67.[21]

Camera[edit]

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a 12.2 megapixel rear camera, similar to their predecessors, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but add new photography features[22][20], as well as a second wide-angle selfie camera. Some of these features include:

  • Night Sight - dramatically improves low light performance with no flash or tri-pod. Google also updated all past Pixel phones with Night Sight Support.[23]
  • Super Res Zoom - employs Super-resolution techniques to increase the resolution beyond what the sensor and lens combination would traditionally achieve using subtle shifts from handheld shake and optical image stabilization (OIS).[24]
  • Top Shot - takes a burst of HDR+ photos and automatically picks the best shots
  • Group Selfie Cam - second front camera which allows for a wide angle shot[20]
  • Google Lens[25] - recognizes objects and things seen on the Pixel 3's and Pixel 3 XL's camera
  • Computational Raw - outputs DNG+JPG aligning and merging [up to 15] multiple frames to improve dynamic range and reduce noise[26]
  • Learning-based Portrait Mode - Portrait Mode now uses a machine-learning-based pipeline for more uniformly defocused backgrounds and fewer depth map errors
  • Synthetic Fill Flash - uses machine-learning based segmentation algorithm to add Fill Flash to better light up faces.[26]
  • Spectral + flicker sensor - prevents flicker effect under certain indoor lighting such as LED lighting

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL use a separate chip called the Pixel Visual Core (PVC) to achieve their artificial intelligence camera capabilities.[20]

Software[edit]

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL ship with Android 9.0 Pie at launch. Both phones will get three years of software updates and security updates guaranteed by Google.[27]

The Pixel 3 lacks the voice-unlock feature available on previous Pixel devices.[28] Android Q Beta 2 added support for Dual SIM, Dual Standby (DSDS) through a nano-SIM and an eSIM.[29]

Cellular networks[edit]

Generation Standard Bands[30]
2G GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
3G CDMA EVDO Rev A BC0, BC1, BC10 (except Japan SKUs)
WCDMA W1, W2
UMTS / HSPA+ / HSDPA 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
4G LTE-FDD 1*, 2*, 3*, 4*, 5, 7*, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25*, 26, 28, 29, 32, 66*, 71
LTE-TDD 38*, 39, 40, 41*, 42, 46
Does not appear * Indicates the bands that support 4x4 MIMO

Reception[edit]

Several reviewers, including Dieter Bohn from The Verge, Mark Spoonauer from Tom's Hardware, and Julian Chokkattu from Digital Trends, stated that the Pixel 3's camera was "the best camera you could get on a smartphone."[31][32] Digital Trends concluded the Pixel 3 XL had the best output, qualitatively, after comparing its camera output with other leading smartphones, including the Apple iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and the Google Pixel 2 XL.[33] American technology reviewer Marques Brownlee in his Smartphone Awards video in December, 2018 said that the Pixel 3 & 3 XL have the best cameras of all smartphones.[34]

Andrei Frumusanu from AnandTech, stated "Google’s Pixels significantly climb up the ladder in terms of low-light photography ranking, even putting themselves at a comfortable distance ahead of the previous low-light champions, Huawei’s 40MP sensor phones as well as their own night mode."[35]

The Pixel 3 XL was heavily criticized for its notch implementation.[16][36][37]

Matt Swider from TechRadar gave both the Pixel 3 & 3 XL 4.5 out of 5 stars, praising the camera and the improved quality of the OLED screen (compared to the Pixel 2 XL's screen, which had many quality control issues), but he criticized the poor battery life of the Pixel 3 and the notch on the Pixel 3 XL, as well as the low amount of RAM, no expandable storage options, and higher pricing compared to the Pixel 2 & 2 XL.[38][39] Andrew Martonik from Android Central also gave the phones 4.5 out of 5 stars, having similar complaints as Swider.[40]

Issues[edit]

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have exhibited numerous problems since release, including:

  • Pixel 3 XL has imbalanced speakers. This is less pronounced on the smaller Pixel 3 due to its larger top speaker. Google said this was an intentional decision as they have used new amplifier technology with advanced speaker protection algorithms.[41] The phone also produces an abnormal amount of vibration when using the speaker.[42]
  • Some Pixel 3 XL users have reported random notches displaying on the side of their screen.[43][44]
  • Some devices are overheating while charging and eventually shut down.[45]
  • The Pixel 3 loses some of the received messages. Google said that a fix will be delivered in a future update.[46]
  • Google sent some Verizon locked Pixel 3 devices to customers that ordered the unlocked model.[47]
  • Many users are reporting call quality and connection issues.[48]
  • The camera is slow both in launching the application and taking photos.[49]
  • Bluetooth audio has decreased volume compared to other devices.[49]
  • The speakerphone doesn't work at the start of a call.[49]
  • Fast wireless charging doesn't always work properly.[49]
  • Some devices have problems with autofocus. It is believed that the problem was introduced in the March security update.[50]

Fixed issues[edit]

  • Some users are reporting that some camera photos are failing to save. The issue may be related to Google Camera.[51] Google has released a fix for this in the December 2018 update.[52]
  • Background music players will get killed if switching between apps. A small number of apps can stay in the background at any time. This may be related to how memory management is handled on the phones.[53] This was also reportedly fixed with December 2018 patch.[52]
  • Placing the phone on the Google Pixel Stand breaks ambient notifications.[54] Google has also already patched this.[52]
  • The camera crashed with a fatal error when used from 3rd party apps.[55] This issue is reportedly fixed with the December software update.[56]
  • Audio recording was muffled. Google said this was by design, the microphone is specifically tuned to reduce background noise, while optimizing the spoken word.[57] Audio recording quality issues have been fixed in the January 2019 system update.[58]
  • Some devices suffered from flickering display issues connected to Ambient Display.[59] Google was able to fix this issue in the April 2019 security patch.[60]

Arbitration[edit]

The Pixel 3's warranty automatically opts in American based users to a Google Arbitration Agreement. The terms of the agreement waive users' right to class action lawsuits and settlements would be dealt via arbitration through the American Arbitration Association. It is possible to opt out of this arbitration agreement within 30 days of activating the device for the first time.[61]

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