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Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2160px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
440 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.8

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
145.6mm x 68.2mm x 7.9mm
Weight
148g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
2,915mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,199
Launch date2018-10
Google Pixel 3

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
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
Pixel 3 review

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

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Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2160px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
440 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12.2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.2 + f/1.8

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
145.6mm x 68.2mm x 7.9mm
Weight
148g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
64GB, 128GB
Battery capacity
2,915mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi
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