Introduced in 2018, the Google Pixel 3 was the third iteration of Google’s Pixel series. Building on the strengths of its predecessors, the Pixel 3 aimed to offer a refined design, an even better camera experience, and the latest software innovations from Google.
- Operating System: Launched with Android 9.0 Pie, with the hallmark of receiving direct and prompt updates from Google.
- Display: 5.5-inch P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.
- Processor: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa-core.
- Memory: 4 GB RAM with options of 64/128 GB internal storage (non-expandable).
- Camera: 12.2 MP rear camera with optical and electronic image stabilization. Dual 8 MP front cameras, one of which is wide-angle, enabling wider group selfies.
- Battery: 2915 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging and wireless charging capabilities.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and GPS.
- Other Features: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted), USB Type-C, water and dust resistance (IP68), stereo front-facing speakers, and deep integration of Google Assistant.
- Camera Prowess: The Pixel 3’s camera, especially its Night Sight feature, set new standards for low-light photography in smartphones.
- Compact Design: The Pixel 3 offered a more hand-friendly size compared to many of its larger competitors.
- Wireless Charging: The introduction of wireless charging was a welcome addition, and the Pixel Stand accessory provided unique features when the phone was docked.
- Call Screen Feature: Using Google Assistant, the Pixel 3 could screen calls and transcribe them in real-time, helping users avoid spam calls.
- Build and Design: The two-tone glass back was both functional (enabling wireless charging) and distinctive.
- Memory Management: Some users reported aggressive memory management, which led to apps being closed prematurely.
- Battery Life: The 2915 mAh battery was decent but not standout, especially when compared to some competitors.
- Price: The Pixel 3’s starting price was seen as high by some, especially given the competition.
Comparisons to Other Technologies:
In 2018, the smartphone landscape was evolving rapidly. The Google Pixel 3 faced competition from:
- iPhone XS: Apple’s flagship with its A12 Bionic chip, dual cameras, and iOS ecosystem.
- Samsung Galaxy S9: With its Infinity Display, variable aperture camera, and a plethora of features.
- OnePlus 6T: Offering high-end specs with a more competitive price tag.
The Google Pixel 3 was announced in October 2018 and released later that month.
- Notch on Pixel 3 XL: The larger variant, the Pixel 3 XL, had a notably deep notch that was divisive among users and reviewers.
- Audio Quality: Some users reported issues with the audio quality during video recording.
- Software Bugs: As with most new launches, there were occasional software bugs, but Google was generally quick to address them with updates.
The Google Pixel 3 continued Google’s tradition of offering a top-tier camera experience and the latest software innovations. While it had its share of criticisms, especially concerning price and some design choices, it was generally well-received by those who prioritized camera performance, software updates, and a pure Android experience. The Pixel 3 solidified Google’s position in the premium smartphone market and showcased its vision for the Android ecosystem.