The Pixel 3 succeeds last year's Pixel 2 phone. It will be available in two sizes: a 5.5-inch standard model and a 6.3-inch XL model. Google said the front speakers are 40 percent louder than last year, and its new plastic OLED screen is the best Google has used in a phone. That's important, since there were a lot of complaints about the Pixel 2 display when it first launched last year.
Google spent a lot of time chatting about how good the camera on the Pixel 3 is. Last year's Pixel 2's camera is still considered one of the best phone cameras on the market. Google said this year's device has tech that's "generations ahead of other phones" with a custom imaging chip that enhances images right on the device. (Apple also has a custom image chip built into its phones.)
The Pixel 3 camera automatically shoots several photos at once in burst mode, and a feature called "Top Shot" will automatically detect and pick the best picture you've snapped. It also has smart zoom that uses software to enhance details in zoomed-in images. Google put a big focus on low-light photography and said pictures at night work so well you'll never need to use the flash. (A flash is still included though.)
Another neat feature called "Screen Call" can help you detect spam calls as they come in. If you agree that it's a spam call, you can mark it as spam and block the number.
Finally, there will be a $79 Pixel Stand wireless charging accessory that allows you to still use the Google Assistant. That means you can see the screen and speak to your phone from across the room, use your phone as a smarter alarm clock with details on the weather and your commute status and more. The phone can also double as a photo frame while it's wirelessly charging on the dock.
The Pixel 3 will be available in three colors: pink (Google calls it "not pink"), black and white. Pre-orders are open now for $799 and it launches Oct. 18.