Thursday , October 18 2018 Ausdroid » News » Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — Australian specs, pricing and availability

After months of leaks, Google has today announced their latest phones the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and they’re now available to pre-order in Australia.

To start with, Google has announced that the Pixel 3 phones are designed to be smartest, most useful device in your life. There’s a lot more to the phones than hardware, but we should check them out anyway.

Meet the Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 range is available in two sizes and three colour options with the Pixel 3 available with a 5.5” FHD+ resolution 18:9 aspect ratio flexible OLED display, while the Pixel 3 XL gets the same flexible OLED but in a larger 6.3″ 18.5:9 aspect ratio with QHD+ resolution. The displays are covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and are both UHDA certified HDR ready and the display on both phones are bracketed by Front firing speakers which are 40% louder ands richer than the 2017 Pixel 2 phones.

The phones are powerful, though there’s no surprises here with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM and options for either 64GB or 128GB of on-board storage. The Pixel 3 comes with a 2915 mAh battery while the larger Pixel 3 XL comes with a 3430 mAh battery, both of which support Qi Wireless charging through the matte glass rear on the phones which is available in three colours: Clearly White, Just Black and Not Pink.

Pixel 3

Pixel 3 XL

The full breakdown of specs includes:

Pixel 3 Pixel 3 XL
Screen Size 5.5″ 6.3″
Display FHD+ 1080×2160 2880 x 1440 Quad HD
Operating System Latest Android 9 Pie
Google Assistant
3 years of OS and security updates
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM845,
8 core (4x Gold @ 2.5GHz, 4x Silver @ 1.6GHz)
RAM 4 GB
Internal Memory 64GB/128GB
Rear Camera 12.2 MP
dual-pixel
1.4 μm
Autofocus + dual pixel phase detection
Optical + electronic image stabilisation
Spectral + flicker sensor
f/1.8 aperture
Field of view: DFoV: 76°UHD 4K @ 30fps
Front Camera 8 MP
wide-angle and normal FoV cameras
Wide-angle: f/2.2 aperture, 97° FoV
Normal: f/1.8 aperture, 75° FoV
Battery Size 2915 mAh 3430 mAh
Sensors Active Edge
Back-mounted Pixel Imprint™ fingerprint sensor for fast unlocking
Proximity/Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer/Gyrometer
Magnetometer
Barometer
Android Sensor Hub
Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
Media & Audio Dual front-firing stereo speakers
3 mics
Noise suppression
Materials Aluminum frame + hybrid coating
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front
Soft touch glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) on the back
IPX8 dust and water protection
Frequencies / Bands LTE:B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 38, 40, 41, 66
UMTS:B1, 2, 4, 5, 8
GSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
eSIM
Max Download Speed LTE Category 16 (1Gbps)
Wireless Wi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5.0GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth® 5.0 + LE
NFC
Google Cast
Location GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Size / Dimensions H: 145.6mm W: 68.2mm D: 7.9mm H: 158.9mm W: 76.7mm D: 7.9mm
Weight 148g 184g
In the box Charger, Headphones, USB Connector, USB A-C adapter, Documentation, USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, SIM eject tool

Camera Features

The Google Pixel 3 experience is very much defined by the cameras, with the world’s smartest camera getting even better with these new phones. Google is introducing new camera features including ‘Top Shot’, Super Res Zoom”Night Sight’ and ‘Group Selfie Cam’ to the Google Pixel camera experience.

The cameras on the Pixel phones include a 12.2 MP dual-pixel camera on the rear with 1.4 μm pixel size and an f/1.8 aperture, while the on the front you get dual 8MP sensors for wide-angle group selfies – but we’ll get to that soon.

Top Shot is a feature that means that no matter what happens, you’ll always get the perfect shot. Pixel 3 builds on the computational photography introduced on the first generation Pixel to improve photos yet again. With Top Shot, the Pixel 3 camera is smart enough to know a good photo when it sees it, this means you’ll capture smiles, not sneezes and grab the look of shock at a party pefectly, suggesting what it thinks is the perfect shot – though you’ll be able to override that choice.

With Super Rez Zoom, the camera takes multiple shots noting slight differences in the shots which are then merged together to produce a photo that lets you zoom right into the shot. The technology was first developed for astronomy, but Google is now making this available on your phone.

Night Sight is the answer to the terrible flash photos you take at poorly lit event, with Night Shot, Google says you’ll never use your flash again. The results are damn compelling too:

Best of all – Night Shot is coming to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones in the coming months as well.

Group Selfies, or groufies as the term was coined long ago. With the dual camera on the front of the Pixel 3 you’ll never need to miss a great shot because of field of view again. With the 97° FoV of the second camera, you will never miss that shot again.

Those AR Stickers we saw introduced last year with AR Core are also getting a new update for Pixel 3 with Avengers stickers, and a new Childish Gambino character coming as well. The AR Stickers will now be able to appear in both your front and rear cameras, and will be rendered to look lifelike in the scene. AR Sticker characters will even react and interact with you in the photos you’re taking.

Other new features that are now in the Pixel 3 camera include Photo booth mode which quickly snaps shots when you smile or pull a face – no shutter button needed. Motion autofocus is also coming to help you track those things in your life that refuse to stand still for a photo like kids or animals, tap the person or animal you want to track and Pixel 3 camera will keep it in focus for you. Finally, they’ve updated their Portrait mode. You can now edit the depth of field, change the focal subject of the portrait or make the colours ‘pop’.

There’s more coming to Google Lens in the Pixel 3 Camera with the feature now integrated directly into camera app itself, allowing you to do things like Style Search.

Duplex

The Google Duplex feature which has Google Assistant interact with people over the phone which Google introduced at Google I/O earlier this year is coming to your phone. The feature will pop up in the Screen Call screen with a button that will prompt Duplex to answer the call on your behalf, ask who is calling and why and tracribes the entire call onto screen, you can choose to pick it up if you want – basically you never have to speak with a telemarketer again.

Duplex on Phone

This feature is launching on Pixel phones this month, though only in the US.

Flip to Shush

Google is also helping you to get some better work/life balance with the extension of Digital Wellbeing. Google has brought Flip to Shush to the Pixel, simply flip your phone over and it will mute sounds and notifications.

Titan Security

Google has implemented their Titan Security chip in the Pixel 3. It’s a big step forward in how Google protects devices and users using an on-device chip which includes support for protecting you through disk encryption, app data, login credentials and the integrity of the Operating System.

Availability

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are available to pre-order now on the Australian Google Store with the phone expected to be available on November 1st.

As well as through the Google Store you will be able to purchase the phone through Harvey Norman and JB HiFi, and for the first time, Google has dropped the Telstra exclusivity for the Pixel phones with Optus and Vodafone both getting access to the phones as well as Telstra – though no plan information is available just yet.

Pricing wise, you’re looking at:

  • Pixel 3 64GB – $1199
  • Pixel 3 128GB – $1349
  • Pixel 3 XL 64GB – $1,349
  • Pixel 3 XL 128GB – $1,499

We’ll have hands-on with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL later this week, so stay tuned for first impressions.

Daniel Tyson   Ausdroid's Editor in Chief

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

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Chad Smith
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Once again Google has shown that it has a worldwide release problem. Their inability to release both hardware and software in all regions.
With my Moto X Pure having died recently I was patiently waiting for this event. The camera and the call screening were the two features which had me on the edge of my seat. Only to find out the call screening is US-only (like numerous other Google features).
Google needs to seriously step on up if they want to compete with Apple on the world stage.

Lindsay
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Lindsay

I’ve been out of the rooting game for a while now, so excuse my ignorance. Will Google make the Pixel 3 unrootable? Locked bootloader or something? Or will we have to wait to see what the people at XDA can manage? This would be a major consideration for me if I were able to afford to buy one.

Lindsay
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Lindsay

Anybody?

Rob Pennefather
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Eek, what’s all this about no navigation bar anymore, gestures only?

Dean Rosolen
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Dean Rosolen

Telstra just pinged me an email about the Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL They’re throwing in a free Google Home Mini with preorders.

Plan info is here:
https://www.telstra.com.au/mobile-phones/mobiles-on-a-plan/google/google-pixel3

Geoff Fieldew
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I’ve been buying these phones outright for years now but I think I might go the subsidised route this time. Is it just me or do these high end phones seem to go up around hundred dollars year on year? I’m glad to see that Google have made the Pixel available on all the carriers. Time to call my buddy from Optus.

Chris Rowland
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Spot on Geoff, these phones are getting past the price of a decent laptop, and that’s a good sign it’s time to pause before splashing out. Even over 24 months, the higher end phones can be $50+ a month to pay off, and over two years that’s a hell of a lot. I remember when people used to get squeamish about $10 – $20 a month over 24 months… at least with some carriers I guess you’re not really locked in. Pay it off while on a plan, leave any time, simply pay out the balance.

Dean Rosolen
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Dean Rosolen

Another year, another Pixel release that doesn’t have a headphone jack. That’s the one thing Google did wrong with the Pixel 2 in my eyes and yet they still did the same thing for the Pixel 3.

Warren Ashby
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Warren Ashby

Not a big drama if you carry their 16 buck usb-c adapter around on your jack?

Dean Rosolen
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Dean Rosolen

You’re pretty much forced into buying the Pixel Stand (or other Qi compatible wireless charging device) then.

Adam
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Adam

I’m still intersted in the standard 3, thought he price is still disappointing. Glad to see flip to shush has come to Pixel, but isn’t that a standard in later versions of Android with Do Not Disturb? I have it on my Moto Z Play, but maybe that’s one of the Moto improvements rather than baked into Oreo. It’s hard to tell which is which sometimes. The main other option I’m considering is the OnePlus 6T now. 7 Plus is pretty much out, though will feel the 7.1 when it’s out next week.

Dean Rosolen
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Dean Rosolen

Pricing isn’t actually too bad compared to the US prices. Still more than I’d like to spend but at least we’re not getting shafted badly.

Mel
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Mel

Hey AusDroid
Thanks for the early morning coverage of the event. Nothing super exciting from Google but I have pre-ordered a Pixel 3. Keen to get rid of my HTC U11 and get back to vanilla.
Fingers crossed the battery life on the Pixel 3 is better than my Pixel 1.

Chris Rowland
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Probably couldn’t be worse.. 🙂

Andy
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Andy

Typo in the section on Duplex – “baasically”

Chris Rowland
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Thanks this is fixed

Jamie S
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Jamie S

I see absolutely no reason why I should upgrade my Pixel 2XL to a Pixel 3 or 3XL. I really hope Oneplus bring the 6T to Australia.

Darren
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Darren

As someone who hasn’t been following the 6T, what does it offer over this one?

Jamie S
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Jamie S

6 or 8GB RAM, cheaper, better performance, faster quick charge, bigger battery approx 3700mAh, oh did I mention it’s less expensive?

Dan
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Dan

Does it really have better performance? Can you show me the benchmarks or comparison? I thought they had the same processor.

Same with the fast charging. Is there a comparison you can share?

The pixel camera is far better from my understanding and from previous releases from both companies… So I’m leaning that way, but the price is extreme so happy to look at alternatives.

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Oh I forgot, the 6T doesn’t have a huge f#@king notch like the 3XL

Craig Mitchell
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Wireless charging would be nice.

Adam
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Adam

There’s rarely a good reason to upgrade year on year. Every two years is a more compelling argument.

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