Yes, You Can Hide the Notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL

James Marshall
October 13, 2018

The most awaited Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones launched on October 9 in New York City.

The Pixel phones will not be directly affected by the move, but do make use of several of the firm's cloud-based technologies including Google Photos - an image storage service that was spun out from Google+ three years ago.

The trio represent the latest update from Google's 2 and a half year old hardware division, which is finally building a single, cohesive Google device brand. This new feature will hopefully come to all Pixel phones, including the Pixel 3 handsets, some time next month. The device also introduced features like "Motion Photo" which took video at the same time as a still picture, and "2Portrait" which introduced bokeh to the smartphone camera world.

He noted that Google has significantly increased its hardware capabilities with the acquisition of Taiwanese firm HTC's smartphone team earlier this year. This might seem like a cop-out, but the camera is now paired with Qualcomm's upgraded Snapdragon 845 processor. Under the hood, both new Pixel models are expected to have a SoC, along with Adreno 630 GPU and 4GB of RAM.

The Pixel 3 boasts an incredible camera, intelligent machine learning to cut down on busywork, and an even more useful Google assistant. In fact, the sheer number of features it has elevates it beyond any of its competitors, including the Pixel 2.

Verizon is again the exclusive carrier for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and it is already getting the promotions train running. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available in 12 markets including India from November 1. Most likely some of the more advanced features like deoth effects and Super-Res will work on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but not the original Pixel. "The benchmark that OnePlus has set in $500-$700 segment, and number of features that it offers, is enormous", said Upasana Joshi, associate research manager, Client Devices, IDC India. Apple, for instance, just released its biggest iPhone yet, the XS Max, which sells for as much as $1,450. You can choose to pick up or ignore the call.

Night Sight doesn't seem like a feature created to mildly improve nighttime photos so much as a way to artificially add daylight where there is none.

While it wasn't mentioned up on stage by Google, the official Google Camera v6.1 has more than Night Sight and a few other things hiding inside.

For photography enthusiasts, the Pixel 3 is undeniably the way to go. The feature of all these devices is that they have increased artificial intelligence. Its soft TPU material adds grip without covering up the Pixel 3's beauty, and precise cutouts ensure it doesn't get in the way of the charging port, camera, and speakers.

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