Google’s Pixel is gearing up for another bout with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy.
After a seemingly endless stream of leaks, including full-on video reviews on YouTube, Google’s latest phones are now officially official. Called the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the new phones are Google’s latest showcase Android devices for 2018.
As the rumors and leaks suggested, the two new phones feature modest redesigns from last year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, increasing the screen size in exchange for shrinking the black bars, or bezels, that surrounds the display.
The Pixel 3 now has a 5.5-inch OLED display (up slightly from the 5-inch screen on the Pixel 2). The Pixel 3 XL embraces the edge-to-edge notched design popularized by the iPhone X, raising its screen to a 6.3-inch size that surpasses last year’s Pixel 2 XL (6-inches) and places it right below the 6.4-inch display on the Galaxy Note 9 and 6.5-inch screen on Apple’s iPhone XS Max.
On the camera front, the two phones keep a single rear 12.2-megapixel camera while adding a second front-facing shooter. Google says the two front cameras, both at 8 megapixels, are for improved selfies and group selfies thanks to a wide-angle lens.
Improvements to Google’s artificial intelligence and a new Top Shot feature aims to recognize your best photo, capturing multiple photos before recommending the best one.