Google Pixel 3

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Pos­si­bly one of the most leaked smart­phones of all time is here, so it might not come as a sur­prise but Google’s lat­est flag­ship hand­set is of­fi­cial. We at­tended the Pixel 3’s Lon­don launch and have spent solid time with it. Read on for our thoughts.


There’s not a huge de­sign change when it comes to this year’s Pixel phone as on the whole, Google is stick­ing to the same style and look. The Pixel 3 has a dis­tinc­tive style at the back with its two-tone ef­fect, which not every­one will like. The iconic glossy

sec­tion at the top houses the cam­era with the lower part con­tain­ing the fin­ger­print scan­ner.

This time around, it’s a fully glass de­sign, with the lower sec­tion of­fer­ing a matte fin­ish, which both looks and feels luxurious. It’s not quite as grippy com­pared to a typ­i­cal glass back, but feels nicer and won’t show fin­ger­print marks as much. Im­por­tantly, this change also en­ables wire­less charg­ing for the first time on a Pixel. We’ll talk about this in more de­tail more later.

It’s the front that looks even more dif­fer­ent this year due to a change in dis­play as­pect ra­tio – an in­dus­try-wide trend. Smaller bezels not only look bet­ter but mean you get a larger screen in a body that’s es­sen­tially the same. What­ever side of the fence you’re on, the reg­u­lar Pixel 3 is the model with­out a notch. The Pixel 3 XL, for the first time on a Google phone, has the di­vi­sive fea­ture. Both have a cam­era bump on the rear, but it’s small and not a big deal.

Much of the el­e­ments we’re used to are the same, so you get a USB-C port, no head­phone jack, and wa­ter­proof­ing – the lat­ter is now IP68 in­stead of IP67. Our main worry is dirt col­lect­ing in the speak­ers on the front as they are slightly re­cessed.

Colour op­tions are once again Clearly White, Just Black and the new Not Pink (which has a peach tone in real life) – each with a dif­fer­ence ac­cent colour on the side but­ton apart from the black model.


The most ob­vi­ous change is the dis­play, which as we men­tioned is now us­ing an on-trend tall as­pect ra­tio. It’s 18:9 to be pre­cise and sticks with a Full HD+ res­o­lu­tion

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