Google announces successor to Pixel 2, the new Pixel 3 smartphone

NEW YORK—Google announced the Pixel 3 at its event in NYC today. With something like two dozen different leaks and an entire lost box of devices that went up for sale on the black market, the Pixel 3 is probably the most-leaked smartphone of all time.

The mostly metal backs of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 1 were one of the few unique hardware features of the Pixel line.

Now the Pixel 3 is just another fragile glass phone, which feels like a downgrade. The back panel still has a two-tone look thanks to two different treatments on a single glass sheet. The top is normal glass, while the bottom has a matte coating on it.

As expected, Google is releasing two different devices with totally different front designs. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch 2160 x 1080 OLED display with sizable, straight bezels on the top and bottom of the phone. The Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch 2880 x 1440 OLED display with an extremely tall display notch and a large bottom bezel.

Before announcing the Pixel 3, Google touted its research into photo search. The company spent years researching and analyzing millions of photos so it could make image search easier and more relevant. Google’s Rick Osterloh hinted that photo search abilities were coming to the Pixel 3’s camera, but we’re still waiting on more details about that.

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