Google Pixel 3 Boasts An Impressive Camera & AI Features That Rival iPhone Xs

The Internet is abuzz with news of the anticipated launch of Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Google introduced its new phones on Wednesday (10 Oct), just months after Apple released the iPhone Xs and Xs Max.

MustShareNews had a sneak peek at what’s in store at today’s media preview, and Google actually loaned us an actual Pixel 3 phone to try out.

Talk about being extremely generous.

If you’re thinking of buying a new phone, here are some reasons why the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL could be a good option to consider.

Your own personal Jarvis

We’ve all seen Hollywood Sci-Fi movies and imagined what life would be if technology managed certain aspects of our lives.

Think Jarvis in Iron Man, except this one gets us through our mundane lives instead of helping us save the day.

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With the phone docked onto the wireless charging Pixel Stand, the Pixel 3 transforms into a one-stop personal assistance hub.

It wakes you up gently with a screen that lights up gradually 20 min before your alarm rings. You won’t have to worry about smashing your phone from all the times you try to shut the alarm up.

Google Assistant then greets you with a customisable feature of your choice — your schedule, weather updates or the latest news.

Who says only wealthy superheroes can have all the cool gadgets?

Smart phone, smarter camera

The possibilities are often endless with AI features, and they extend to its camera too.

If you often find yourself getting frustrated about missing the perfect moment or capturing people in unglam poses, Pixel 3 has a solution for you.

A ‘Top Shot’ feature captures movement 1.5 seconds before and after you click the shutter button — you can select the best possible shot of the moment you tried to photograph.

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And the camera’s not just good for taking pictures. There’s also a built-in Google Lens exclusive to the Pixel 3.

Point your camera at anything you’re curious about, long press on the object onscreen, and you can do things like identify items, copy text or look up products and buy them.

No more scrambling for the Internet browser app and typing out long descriptions of the thing you’re trying to find.

Wide-angle selfies

Family reunions, birthday parties, class photos…we all know the struggle of getting everyone into a picture, especially when it’s a group selfie.

The front camera on most smart phones capture very limited images, often missing out people or details on the side.

In addition to the front camera, Pixel 3 has a wide angle lens which gives 184% more room in your photo.

Just drag a cursor to the right or left, to zoom in or out in selfie mode and you can control how wide your frame will be.

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Now you won’t have to stress out over those Chinese New Year or Hari Raya group pictures anymore.

How does the Pixel stack up against iPhone Xs?

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to give you a thorough product comparison but here’s something that could help you match up the two.

Fans of the edge-to-edge display – aka the Notch screen – will be disappointed to know that this feature is only available on the Pixel 3 XL and not Pixel 3.

If it really bothers you, we suggest you check this accessory out:

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With the Notch, you can make any surface look like the edge-to-edge display that everyone desperately wants on their devices.

You can even get creative and experiment with absolutely anything that comes to mind.

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It may just be a cheeky jab at people’s latest obsession, but we applaud Singaporean engineers Charles and Aditya for their witty invention.

Just tell me where to buy it

In all seriousness, if you’re really keen on the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, you can purchase them through these methods:

Pre-order:

  • Singtel — Pixel 3 64GB, Pixel 3 XL 64GB or 128GB in Just Black, Clearly White & Not Pink (exclusive to the carrier)
  • Google Store — Without a carrier plan

From 1 Nov at:

  • Singtel
    • Triple Treat Bundle available (DATA X 4, Spotify & MobileSwop Unlimited at $26.90/month)
  • StarHub (Online store or retail outlets)
    • Free Google Home (worth $189) with purchase
    • Get your phone at S$0 upfront via installments over 12/24 months in your monthly bill

So if you can’t reign in your excitement, head over to the links and pre-order Google’s latest gadget now.

Or you can wait till 1 Nov and engage in Singaporeans’ favourite pastime — queuing.

Featured image from Google Store.