Gadget Watch: Google Pixel 3, a phone that answers itself


Gadget Watch: Google Pixel 3, a phone that answers itself

We’re talking a phone that answers for you when a telemarketer calls, and a camera that uses AI help take the best pictures, if you believe the Google promotion….


Putting a bit of flesh on that, the use of AI – via the built-in Google Assistant functionality – can help screen spam calls and there is also some support for automating bookings via the phone. Google writes:

“First, starting out in English in the U.S., Pixel 3’s on-device AI helps you screen phone calls and avoid spam calls. Imagine you’re at dinner with family or in a meeting at work and a call from an unknown caller comes in. Just tap on “Screen call” to find out who’s calling and why, as well as other information (as prompted by you). You’ll immediately see a transcript of the caller’s responses so that you can then decide whether to pick up, respond by tapping a quick reply (e.g., “I’ll call you back later”), or mark the call as spam and dismiss. Processing the call details on-device means these experiences are fast, private to you, and use up less battery.”

“Second, Pixel users in the U.S. will be the first to get access to an experimental new Google Assistant feature, powered by Duplex technology, which helps you complete real-world tasks over the phone, like calling a restaurant to book a table. This feature will initially be available later this year in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area to help people book restaurant reservations and will roll out to other U.S. cities in the future.”

And, for the camera, the Group Selfie Cam feature keeps everyone in the frame in a group shot (see top pic), and the Top Shot feature recommends the best image out of a set (pictured right)…

Note, there is a Pixel 3 XL version availble, too, with a 6.3″ display.


In terms of the spec of the Pixel 3…

OS: Android 9 Pie + Google Assistant
Display: Fullscreen 5.5” display (18:9, 443 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5)
Cameras: 12.2 MP dual-pixel, 8 MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5 Ghz + 1.6 Ghz, 64-Bit Octa-Core), Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU and Titan M security module, and Pixel Visual Core
Wireless: Wi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5.0GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE
Location: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou
Memory and storage: 4 GB RAM
Ports: USB Type-C 3.1 Gen x 1, Single nano SIM
Dimensions: 5.7in L x 2.7 in W x 0.3 in H
Weight: 148g

There’s also fingerprint recognition for security, and support for wireless charging. You can read more on the Google website. In terms of AR/VR, the phone works with the Google Daydream View headset.

Included in the box is Quick Switch Adaptor, USB-C to USB-C cable and Pixel USB-C earbuds.

Colour options are: “Clearly White”, “Just Black” and “Not Pink”.


It will be available in the UK for £739 (64GB) and £839 (128GB), with the Pixel 3 XL (6.3” screen) being £869 (64 GB) and £969 (128GB). You can preorder from the Google Store now and it will be in store from 1 November onwards, from the likes of John Lewis.