Google Announces Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL Rocking Dual Selfie Cameras Priced From $799

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The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are finally here after nearly every specification and feature of the phones was leaked over the past few months. As expected, the Pixel 3 makes use of a 5.5-inch display, while the Pixel 3 XL pushes that out to 6.3 inches.

As with previous Pixel smartphones, the Pixel 3 family makes use of a single 12.2MP rear camera. Given the rise of dual-, triple-and even quad-cameras, having a single camera on a flagship device might seem a little quaint. However, Google's AI wizardry has always been at play on Pixel smartphones, which has made its cameras tough to beat in the flagship phone space. So, while other manufacturers might have more cameras, take solace in the fact that Google gets the basics right.

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Things are a bit different up front, however, where Google has opted to go with a dual-camera setup. It allows you to capture Group Selfies, meaning that you can cram more people (and more detail) into frame. Google says that it provides 184 percent more viewable area than traditional selfie cameras.

As expected, the Pixel 3 family is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. That latter spec is a bit surprising given the shift towards 6GB or 8GB for flagships, but we digress. Buyers will be able to choose from 64GB or 128GB storage options, with the latter size increasing the price tag by $100. 

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The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have also gained wireless charging support (10-watts), and they are compatible with the wealth of Qi chargers already on the market. If you prefer something Google-branded, there's the Pixel Stand, which is an optional wireless charging accessory that props your phone up in a vertical orientation. The Pixel Stand also turns your Pixel 3 into a miniature Google Home Hub, as it is capable of identifying you voice from across the room and can provide useful, glanceable information.

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The Google Pixel 3 (available in Just Black, Clearly White or Not Pink) is priced at $799 for the 64GB, while the 128GB upgrade pushes the price to $899. The Pixel 3 XL is priced at $899/$999 for 64GB/128GB SKUs. The Pixel Stand will be priced at $79. The Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel Stand are available for preorder now and will ship on October 18th.

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As with previous Pixel releases, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are available for purchased unlocked direct from Google, or you can purchase it through Google's exclusive wireless carrier partner: Verizon.