Google Pixel 3 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3
  • Display

    5.5 inches

    1080 x 2160


  • Storage

    64GB, 128GB

  • Battery size

    2,915 mAh

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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'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
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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.

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

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2160
Pixels per inch (PPI) 440
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
Dimensions 145.6mm x 68.2mm x 7.9mm
Weight 148g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 9
Internal storage

64GB

128GB

External storage support Up to N/A
Battery capacity 2,915mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
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