Google Pixel 3 release date, price, news, and features
The Google Pixel 3 is now official, and below we’ve put together all of the details you need to know about the next-gen pure Android flagship phone from Google.
It has just been announced at an event in New York alongside the larger version of the series that’s called the Google Pixel 3 XL. We’ve also had official confirmation of the new Google Home Hub and Google Pixel Slate at the event.
- Here’s everything Google announced at its Made By Google event
Google has finished its presentation, and you can find everything we learned about the new smaller phone down below. The company has said it’s “designed from the inside out to be the smartest, most useful device in your life”.
The Google Pixel 3 is set to be an ideal smartphone for pure Android fans and camera enthusiasts, simply because the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were great. We hope to get our first picture as we test out the phones later today, so be sure to check back in the next few hours to read our first hands-on reviews.
Cut to the chase
- What is Google Pixel 3? The new pure Android flagship from Google
- What will Google Pixel 3 cost? Starting at $799 / £739 / AU$1199
- When is the Pixel 3 launch? Just announced on October 9, 2018
Google Pixel 3 release date
- The Pixel 3 was announced on October 9
- You’re able to pre-order now
- You’ll get your phone from October 18 in the US, November 1 elsewhere
You can pre-order the phone now in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Singapore, India, Japan, and Taiwan. You’ll then be able to buy it – or if you’ve pre-ordered, you’ll get your phone – on October 18 if you live in the US.
Those in other markets – including the UK and Australia – will have to wait until November 1.
Google Pixel 3 price
You’ll be able to buy the Pixel 3 starting at $799 (£739, AU$1199) for the 64GB version of the phone. The larger 128GB version is $899 (£839, AU$1349) outright.
Three, Vodafone and EE are set to range the phone in the UK with the best deal we’ve seen so far from the numbered network that offers unlimited data, minutes and calls for £48 a month with an upfront cost of £99.
Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of hardware, started the event by showing off all the AI tools the Pixel 3 will be able to use with the help of Google Assistant.
“They come at the intersection of AI, software and hardware working together,” he said. “This approach is what makes Google’s hardware experience so unique and it unlocks all kinds of helpful benefits.”
He talked up the Pixel 3’s ability to improve the phone’s camera by using AI relying on data gathered from millions of Google Image searches.
“Pixel’s camera completely rethinks how images are captured,” Osterloh said. “We can trace that intelligence back to Google Images.”
In a blog post, Google called the Pixel 3 the “most helpful device in your life,” pointing out that Assistant can answer while the phone is charging and the camera is designed so that it “won’t miss a shot.”
The camera comes with a feature called Top Shot, which uses AI to pick the best moments to take a picture. Other features include Night Sight, used in low-light settings without a flash, and Super Res Zoom, which improves zooming without losing image quality.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come in three colors, each with cheeky names: Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink. The phones have glass backs with matte and glossy textures in two-tone backing.
Both phones are larger than last year’s models, with the Pixel 3 at 5.5 inches and the Pixel 3 XL at 6.3 inches.
The Pixel 3 has two front-facing cameras to fit more details in the frame, which will be particularly useful for group selfies. Google said the second camera captures “184 percent more of the scene” as the iPhone XS, so if you need a wide angle the Pixel 3 might be your best bet.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be Google’s third time at bat against hardware rivals such as Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. Google unveiled its first Pixel phones in 2016, signaling the company was investing more in its own branded hardware to compete with Apple and Samsung in the premium segment. It’s now one of the premier Android smartphones despite a deeper bench of phone makers in the market.
Since then, the company has invested more heavily in its Made by Google device lineup, which includes everything from virtual reality headset Daydream to its Chromecast video and audio streaming dongles.
The goal is to compete with Apple, Samsung, and Amazon in an effort to get its gadgets into your pocket and home. Specifically, Google has been pushing its Assistant software, a digital helper akin to Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, in a quest to meet users — and their data — everywhere in their daily lives.
In May, Google said 500 million devices with Assistant on them had shipped globally. The devices include speakers, phones, and TVs. The company also said Assistant now partners with 5,000 household connected devices, up from 1,500 in January.
Google wants to sell you phones and smart speakers because it knows people are searching in ways very different from desktop queries to google.com. They’re asking their Google Home devices to play curated playlists or using maps on their smartphones to navigate to their favorite restaurants.
The more Google knows about you and your interests, the more valuable its ads become to marketers who pay the company to target potential buyers based on their likes, dislikes, age, interests, and location. The company rakes in about 90 percent of its $100 billion in annual sales from advertising.
Google Pixel 3 software
Your Pixel 3 will come with Android 9 Pie software as standard, but there are some new features coming to Google Assistant as well as a mode that can answer the phone for you.
You’re also guaranteed three years of operating system and security updates when you buy the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.
One feature is called Call Screen that allows you to not answer the phone but get a message that says what was said by whoever rung. That should help you when you don’t want to answer unknown callers.
There’s also a feature called Flip to Shhh where your phone will automatically silence itself when you turn your phone upside down
Google Pixel 3 specs
The phone has a 2915mAh battery inside and you’ll be able to charge it with wireless charging. There’s a new first-party charger called the Pixel Stand that you can buy.
It’s running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset alongside 4GB of RAM, plus you’ll have the choice of either 64GB or 128GB of storage.