At its ‘Made by Google’ event in New York today, Google announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The new Pixel devices replace last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and come with new advancements in software and camera while retaining the familiar design of its predecessor with minor changes.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink colors and Google confirmed that it will be available in India starting November 1. The Pixel 3 prices start at $799 (around Rs 59,200) for the base model, while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 (around Rs 66,500). Ahead of the launch event, Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart announced that the smartphones will be exclusive to its platform. This is the third consecutive year of the exclusive partnership between the two brands.
A report earlier said that Google is planning a launch event in India on October 22 and the Pixel 3 is expected to start at Rs 71,000. The third generation Pixel phones are priced higher than their predecessors. With the Rupee depreciating in the past few months and Google raising the price of these new models by $50 this year, it is certain that you will have to shell a bit more for this year’s Pixel smartphones.
Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL: Specifications and Features
The Pixel 3 features a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio while the Pixel 3 XL has a larger 6.3-inch Quad HD+ display with a notch and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Both the phones are powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL also stick with single 12-megapixel rear camera module and offer new enhancements like night sight, playground and super res zoom to enhance user experience. At the front, there are now two camera modules, one acting as normal lens and another acting as wide-angle lens. Both the phones run Android 9 Pie, and support new features like Digital Wellbeing and Call Screen features.
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The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL also add useful features like wireless charging and IP68 water and dust resistance. These two phones stand for their software and imaging experience while design remains just a necessary element.