Google has some serious plans in store for its Pixel 3 launch

Alfred Osborne
September 14, 2018

Even if the company's proprietary Lightning connector is to be replaced with universally compatible USB-C technology, which continues to seem unlikely, one feature that's definitely not making a comeback is the traditional headphone jack. When the original dongle first came out, it was $20. Because of this, customers have to use adapters if they want to use headphones and other wired audio accessories that offer a 3.5mm connection. According to the listing, the $12 adapter provides 38% more playback time than the original model and has a 53% improvement on plug-in latency. I'd hate to imagine the markup on these things, but you can grab the updated version from Google's store directly below. It's also ever-so-slightly-smaller than the previous model. Not only is Google hosting the press conference at a later date than expected, but the event was also moved to NY.

As Google unveils their new Pixel 3 phones (and other goodies) at their Made by Google event in NY, it appears Google France is also jumping in on the action with a parallel launch on the same day.

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Meanwhile, the one change that most potential customers might notice is the price difference. In addition to sporting better overall performance, the new version is imperceptibly smaller than the old one: it's 2.8 millimeters shorter, 0.6 narrower, 0.7 thinner, and 0.4 grams lighter.

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