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A close look at the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google just announced its newest Pixel phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, in New York City.

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A close look at the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google just announced its newest Pixel phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, in New York City.

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Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 houses a 5.5-inch OLED display with 443 ppi density. The Pixel 3 XL's 6.3-inch OLED display has a higher pixels-per-inch density of 523.  

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Notch?

The Pixel 3 on the bottom left has no notch. The Pixel 3 XL on the top right, with an unmistakable notch at the top of its screen.

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Black, white and not-pink

Each phone will come in three different colors, including white, black and not-pink.

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Black, white and not-pink Pixel 3 and 3 XL

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Same thickness

Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are 0.3-inch thick, the same as last year's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

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Single rear camera

The single 12.2-megapixel camera on the back include an f/1.8 aperture, autofocus and optical image stabilization.

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Front facing camera

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL will have two front facing cameras. 

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Dark mode photos

The Pixel 3 phones have a dark mode that lets you take photos in low light without a flash.

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USB-C charger

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL will have a USB-C charger, like the Pixel 2.

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Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9

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Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9

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Pixel 3 and iPhone X

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Pixel 3 and iPhone X

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Wireless charging

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can be charged with the $79 (£69) Pixel Stand.

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Portrait mode

Portrait mode shots can also save photos without the portrait filter effect.

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Screen calls

The Pixel 3 phones have a new call-screening feature that lets you avoid telemarketers' calls.

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Screen calls

You can tap on the Screen Call button when a suspected telemarketer calls. 

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL in not-pink

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL in not-pink

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Pixel 3 and 3 XL in not-pink

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