Google Pixel 3 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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

5.5 inches

Display size

1080 x 2160px

64GB, 128GB

Internal storage

12.2 MP

Rear camera

2,915 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Pros

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

Cons

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

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
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
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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
    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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    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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