Google’s Pixel 3 and 3XL Launch With Advanced AI Features

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL Launch

Photo: Google Blog

Today, Google introduced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. The newest, AI powered smartphones from Google come with some intriguing new features. From smart AI built into the Pixel 3 camera that can help you in low light situations to a spam call filter, this phone has a lot to offer.

  • The Pixel 3 has a 5.5in display and the Pixel 3XL has a 6.3in display

  • Starting at $799 for the Pixel 3 and $899 for the Pixel 3XL

  • Featuring a 12.2MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and autofocus + dual pixel phase detection

  • Unlimited online original-quality storage for photos/videos uploaded from Pixel 3 to Google Photos through 1/31/2022 (according to this blog post)

Google Pixel 3 storage features for photos and videos

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Photography and Camera Improvements

Google makes it very clear that photos are a major focal point of the Pixel 3. In their blog post about the new phone they open up with information on ‘a camera that uses AI to make sure you never miss the shot’, and other smart photography features. The first? An AI powered motion photo feature called Top Shot.

  • Top Shot – captures alternate shots in HDR+ for motion photos, then recommends the best one

  • Super Res Zoom – produces sharp details when you zoom

  • Night Sight – lets you take natural-looking photos in dark surroundings, with improved low light features

  • Group Selfie – gives you 184% more room in your photo for friends and scenery

  • Photobooth Mode – uses AI to recognize when you’re smiling and automatically snaps candids for you, without the press of a button

  • Portrait Mode – similar to features on the iPhone Xs, portrait mode allows you to change the blurriness of the background, or change the part of the picture in focus, after the fact

Additional features for photo editing and video

  • Playground – you can make photos, selfies and videos come to life by adding your favorite superheroes, animated stickers and fun captions. Google said: ‘New packs for Weather, Pets, Sports and Signs let you have everyday fun, and coming later this year, you’ll be able to sharpen your dance skills with moves from Childish Gambino.’

  • Motion Auto Focus – will make sure your Pixel 3 camera stays in sharp focus automatically when recording video. Also has front-facing video stabilization

google pixel 3 motion auto focus feature for video

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More AI Features

The Pixel 3 aims to ‘make your day-to-day actions simpler and easier’. Google Lens, built into the Pixel 3 camera, allows you to scan and translate text, find similar objects or styles of clothing, even identify a plant or an animal. Want to remember something? Point your camera at it and Google Lens will suggest what to do, like save a note or a contact.

Google Assistant will help provide answers to your questions and can be used to control compatible smart home devices. Google announced two major Assistant features coming to the Pixel.

  1. Avoid Spam Phone Calls with Google’s on-device AI. When an unknown caller comes in, you can simply tap ‘Screen call’ to find out who’s calling and why. This allows you to determine if the call is spam and mark it as such without ever answering.
  2. Experimental new feature powered by Duplex technology. This will allow you to complete real world tasks like calling to make a reservation with the Google Assistant automated system.

Both features will start in the United States. The second experimental AI calling feature is initially going to be available later this year in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area with plans to expand to other U.S. cities in the future.

Fast Charging

Seven hours of use from 15 minutes of charging. No joke. Using their AI-powered Adaptive Battery technique, Google’s Pixel 3 ‘prioritizes battery power for your most important apps to make your phone last all day’.

With this, Google is also launching Pixel Stand. A new Qi compliant wireless charger sold separately for $79. When charging, your phone turns into a smart display with audio and visual experiences. When idle, it transitions into a photo frame.

google pixel stand wireless charging

Photo: Google Store

Technical Info, Pricing, and Availability

The Pixel 3 and 3XL come in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5 inch screen and starts at $799 USD. The Pixel 3XL has a 6.3 inch screen and starts at $899 USD. Each include USB-C earbuds and a USB-C Digital 3.5mm headphone adapter. The Pixel 3/3XL do not have a headphone jack, but they have louder dual-front facing stereo speakers, as reported by Mashable.

The phones are available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Pre-order the Pixel 3 and 3XL here. Shop Pixel 3 phone cases.

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