Google has finally revealed the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones. The new Pixel devices feature improved design and specs, which makes them a serious contender for the Android flagship of the year. Google tackled several areas, improving the design, component quality, and performance level of the new Pixel series.
Are they a real competition for Apple’s 2018 iPhones? Read below to find out!
Cameras remain one of the strongest selling points for a smartphone, as the rise of social media networks meant that decent cameras are a must in this day. Apple has opted for a dual camera assembly on the iPhone XS series, offering a wide-angle f/1.8 aperture for sweet panorama shots and a telephoto f/2.4 camera. Both cameras have 12 MP and offer optical image stabilization. The front or selfies camera is more modest at 7 MP and a f/2.2 aperture.
This year selfies takers receive some extra love for Google as the new Pixel devices will have a dual front camera, composed of one normal 8MP sensor and an expansive 97 degrees wide-angle camera that should allow you to fit everybody in for a cheerful family photo. On the back, we have a 12.2MP single camera for both devices. One camera with one lens may seem disappointing in 2018, but Google argues that advanced machine learning algorithms will allow you to capture impressive photos, with a high level of contrast and sharpness. One of the new camera modes is Top Shot, with captures a series of HDR pictures and uses AI in order to select the greatest pictures.
Just a notch
If you take a look at the Google Pixel 3 XL you will observe the presence of a minimized notch. While it is slimmer than the one present on the iPhone XS Max it is visible. Surprisingly, the Pixel 3 does not have a notch, but the upper and lower bezels are a bit thicker when compared to its brother.
Screen size matters
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL offer a 5.5-inch and 6.3-inch display, which is a bit smaller than the 5.8 and 6.5- inch displays sported by the iPhone XS and XS Max. While all the devices use an OLED screen, the Pixel 3 XL wins when it comes to density, which reaches an impressive 523ppi.
Pick your color
Here, the choices are clearly laid out as the Pixel series offers a choice between pink, black and white. If you opt for an iPhone you may choose between gold, silver and grey.
Apple dropped TouchID when it launched the iPhone X and the new XS series only offers FaceID besides the more traditional unlocking methods. It is rumored that next year’s iPhones may have a fingerprint sensor but that remains to be seen. The Pixel 3 offers the fingerprint sensor you know and love, conveniently placed on the back of the device. Android Pie will let you use the front camera in order to unlock your device but there is no dedicated function similar to FaceID. And for those that love them, nothing similar to the Animoji present on the iPhones, so if you really love your customized emojis you may want to check out what Samsung offers.
A big plus for some users is the fact that the new iPhone series offers dual-SIM support in the form of one classic and one E-SIM. This will allow you to use your device for work and personal scopes at the same time, but it may not be such an important feature in the long run.
Apple’s A12 Bionic chip offers an improved neural engine that is able to boost your device when needed and prove a variety of features, including the heavily marketed Smart HDR functions.
As Google is exploring practical uses for AIs and machine learning, the Pixel 3 comes with its own enhancements, helped by a Snapdragon 845 processor that allows real-time performance optimization among other perks.
Google focused on wireless charging and it offers a custom wireless stand for the Pixel 3. While the device charges, users can use vocal commands in order to perform a variety of tasks. While Apple promised it’s of AirPower equivalent, it seems that the accessory is held back by development issues.
To sum it up
Until official benchmarks release, the battle is even. Both series offer a great terminal and for now, it’s only a matter of preference between Android and iOS.