Google has added the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XM smartphones to its growing line-up, both of which are powered by AI to deliver immersive and intelligent experiences.
A new feature in the camera called Top Shot uses AI to capture alternate shots in HDR+ whenever you snap a photo. Then, it scans them and intelligently recommends the best one if it's one that was snapped before or after you hit the shutter. It might be one where everyone is smiling, for example, when the shot is in focus, when a child is looking at the camera, or when the subject's eyes aren't closed.
Super Res Zoom is a computational photography technique, traditionally used for astronomy and scientific imaging, that produces sharp details when you zoom. The Pixel 3 also includes Night Sight (coming soon), which helps you take bright and detailed shots in dark settings, like around a campfire or a selfie at a bar. Speaking of selfies, Group Selfie provides 184% room in a photo so you can get everyone, and all of the desired scenary, in a shot.
Another photo-related feature is Photobook, which uses AI to recognize when you're smiling or making a funny expression, and automatically snaps a selfie on its own.
For portraits, portrait mode allows you to change the blurriness of the background, or change the part of the photo that is in focus, after the photo has been taken. Google Photos can also make the subject of your photo pop by leaving them in colour while changing the background to black and white.
In Playground, you can add superheroes, animated stickers, and fun captions to photos, selfies, and videos. In celebration of Marvel Studios' 10 Year Anniversary, you'll see the characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (exclusively on Pixel) react to each other and to you.
Motion Auto Focus will ensure that a fast moving subject, like a toddler or dog, stays in sharp focus, as you record. Front-facing video stabilization is also in effect if you are taking a selfie video while walking or moving around.
Get unlimited photo and video storage for free with Google Photos. And you can continue to use Google Lens, which lets you scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular things like landmarks, plants, and animals. You can now long press the Pixel 3 camera to open Lens. When you point your camera at information you want to remember or don't feel like typing in, like a URL or QR code on a flyer or an e-mail address on a business card, Google Lens suggests what to do next, like creating a new contact.
Gmail's Smart Compose, now available for mobile on Pixel 3, suggests phrases in your e-mails so that you can draft them faster, on the go. Gboard, the keyboard built into the Pixel 3, will recommend GIFs, stickers, and more, to make conversations fun and engaging. Both are available first in English.
Digital Wellbeing is a suite of tools built into Pixel 3 to help you manage your cell phone usage. It includes a dashboard to help you understand how you spend time on your phone, the ability to set time limits on specific apps, and a new Wind Down mode to help you get to sleep at night by gently transitioning your display to a grayscale screen. When you don't want to be bothered by rings or notifications, just flip to Shhh, a gesture that turns on Do Not Disturb and minimizes distractions.
Pixel 3 comes with an 18-watt fast charger in the box, which can provide up to seven hours of use in 15 minutes of charging. The AI-powered Adaptive Battery technique prioritizes battery power for your most important apps to make your phone last all day.
Alongside Pixel 3, Google is also introducing Pixel Stand, a Qi-compliant wireless charger (sold separately). While charging in the Pixel Stand, the phone turns into a smart visual and audio experience powered by the Google Assistant. It answers questions, plays music, helps you control smart home devices, transitions into a photo frame when idle, and more. If you set an alarm, the screen will gently brighten over 15 minutes before the alarm goes off, mimicking the sunrise and helping you wake up naturally.
Pixel 3 is IP68 water- and dust-resistant and has a security chip custom-designed by Google called Titan M that enhances mobile security by protecting your unlock credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system code itself. Powered by Android 9 Pie, Pixel 3 comes with the latest Android operating system.
Pixel 3 comes in 5.5", and the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3" screen. Both come in three colour options: just black, clearly white, and not pink, and come with Pixel USB-C earbuds ad a USB-C digital to 3.5mm headphone adapter in the box. Pixel 3 comes with dual front-firing speakers tuned by a Grammy-winning music producer. Customers who activate a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL by December 31, 2018 can get six months of free YouTube Music Premium.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is available for pre-order on the Google Store, and on sale at various retail stores and through all major wireless carriers in Canada. The Pixel 5.5" 64GB will start at $999 and the Pixel 6.3" 64GB will start at $1,129. The Pixel Stand will be available in November via the Google Store and select retail and carrier partners for $109.