Google Pixel 3 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Google Pixel 3
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Quick Verdict

Google's smaller phone in the Pixel 3 family is more affordable and a rare example of a small and powerful handset.

The good

  • Good battery life
  • Camera works well
  • Powerful for a small phone
  • Android Pie onboard with updates to come

The bad

  • Memory management issues due to low RAM
  • Single lens is less flexible than competing handsets
  • Active Edge only works for Google Assistant

Google Pixel 3 at a glance

When does the Google Pixel 3 come out? Launched 9 October 2018, available in Australia from 1 November 2018
What’s new about the Google Pixel 3? Android Pie, camera optimisations, wireless charging
How much does the Google Pixel 3 cost? $1199 (64GB) $1349 (128GB)

Google's Pixel 3 family of handsets features Google's vision of what a pure Android should look like in 2018.

If you want a smaller handset with a lot of power, you have relatively few choices. Google's Pixel 3 is powerful and uncluttered compared to its competition, which makes it a great choice for those who don't like larger phablet-style phones, although it shares many of the same issues as the larger Pixel 3XL.


Design

  • Choice of colours
  • Lacks headphone jack
  • Notch-free zone
  • Fingerprint sensor easier to hit on smaller phone

Camera

  • Still a single lens camera
  • AI-assisted photography can work well
  • Smaller phone body makes it easier to take snapshots

Performance

  • Snapdragon 845 provides enough power, but RAM is low
  • Memory management is very aggressive for background apps
  • Android Pie gives the Pixel 3 optimised performance
  • Active Edge isn't all that active

Battery life

  • Battery life is good for a small handset
  • Rapid charging with supplied adaptor
  • Wireless charging, and it's even better with Pixel Stand

Verdict

  • One of the best "small" Android phones you can buy

Pricing and availability

Google Pixel 3

Google's newest flagship

The Google Pixel 3 provides the best of Android and Google's own vision of a premium smartphone that's uniquely Google-centric.

Promoted
  • The Google Pixel 3 is available outright through Google's online store starting at $1,199
  • Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all offer the Pixel 3 on contract, too

Google has announced its local pricing for the Google Pixel 3. It sells outright in Australia for $1,199 with 64GB of onboard storage or $1,349 for a 128GB model.

The Pixel 3 is also be available on contract through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

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OS Android 9
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 2160 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 440
Processor Snapdragon 845
Height (mm) 145.6
Width (mm) 68.2
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 148
Battery size (mAh) 2,915
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
128GB
MicroSD expansion N/A
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4GB
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12.2
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution 8
Front camera (2) aperture f/1.8
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
NFC support Yes
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Updated February 15th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6
2880 x 1440
64GB
128GB
3,520
5
1920 x 1080
32GB
128GB
2,770
5
1920 x 1080
64GB
128GB
2,700
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
128GB
3,450
5.5
2160 x 1080
64GB
128GB
2,915
6.3
1440x2960
64GB
128GB
3,430

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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