Pixel 3 Camera Hands-On: How Good Is It?

Donna Miller
October 13, 2018

"We've been thinking about the Pixel 3 camera for a long time, certainly more than a year". Well, Google doesn't bother with two cameras on its Pixel smartphones because the company doesn't think they are needed. Crammed inside the thing are two front-cameras as well as a front speaker.

Google updated one of their Pixel Buds support pages yesterday to note that "Google Translate is available on all Assistant-optimized headphones and Android phones", where it used to say "Google Translate on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Pixel phones".

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL were announced this week and are without a doubt some of the most compelling Android phones on the market.

Google Pixel 3 flaunts a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a density of 443 pixels-per-inch. It's quicker and more reliable than Face ID, and having the sensor on the back of the phone is convenient and easy to use. The 128GB variant of the Pixel 3 will cost Rs 83,000 while the Pixel 3 XL (128GB) will cost Rs 92,000.

However, the regular Pixel 3 does have larger bezels overall.

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Just like the previous version the storage of the Pixel 3 XL has not been increased, the Pixel 3 XL features a 64GB and 128 GB SSD.

That's all great, but for three years now, Google has chose to stick with a single rear camera for its flagship Android smartphones. Last year's iPhone X introduced the now-famous notch at the top of the screen, something Apple has carried over to its 2018 devices.

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Both devices rely on a single, 12-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture rear lens, and they're both capable of shooting portrait mode photos with adjustable background blur.

"If the phone starts somewhere between 12 to 24 months in advance [of shipping], the camera starts six to eight months before that", Reynolds said. The difference isn't really noticeable though, especially when you consider the various hardware and software optimisations that have been made in the phone. That means the Pixel 3 can take wide-angle selfies, which can fit more people or background in the shot. Does Super Res Zoom deliver on that tall order?

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