Google announces Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Alfred Osborne
October 10, 2018

Google branched into hardware three years ago so that, like Apple, it could have full control of the performance of its applications and the revenue they generate. Honestly, that is the name and you shouldn't be surprised since the other two colors are Just Black and Clearly White. They flaunt Pixel's iconic two-tone design, which is defined by a soft-touch glass back that feels great in the hand.

Yes, after countless leaks, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are official.

"We consciously made a decision to not include a camera on Google Home Hub so you feel comfortable placing it in the private spaces of your home, like the bedroom", says Google Home Product Management VP Diya Jolly. Since the mute button turns off both the camera and microphone, that's not an option unless you want your Echo devices to ignore your voice commands as well. Super Res Zoom is a computational photography technique, traditionally used for astronomy and scientific imaging, that produces sharp details even when zooming into the subject. With Night Sight, you can take bright, detailed, colourful shots around the campfire, in a moonlit forest, or a selfie as you're headed out of that dimly-lit club.

Unlike previous Chromebooks - the Pixelbook specifically - the Pixel Slate is more than just a laptop. Photobooth mode uses AI to recognise that when you're smiling or making a amusing expression, you're ready for a selfie. You don't have to manually categorize or share each photo.

The key aim of this, as you might expect from the "Hub" part of it's name, is to serve as a focal point for other devices in your house.

With Motion Auto Focus you can tap a subject that's in motion and the Pixel's camera will maintain persistent focus as it moves around the frame.

The Pixel 3 has a 2915mAh battery and the Pixel 3 XL has a 3450mAh battery. It's hassle-free, you don't have to think about back-ups.

Pricing is set at $799 for the Pixel 3 and $899 for the Pixel 3 XL. Plus, you have access to more traditional keys rather than Google's still untested circular ones. To scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular plants and animals, you can now long press in the Pixel 3 camera to easily invoke Lens. Believe it or not, it can make calls for you, too.

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Pixel phones should get wireless charging with a new Pixel Stand charger. Executives even lined up photos taken with Apple's new iPhone XS with ones shot on the Pixel 3 to bolster Google's claims that it's got the best phone camera on the market. Its most recent data breach, affecting 50 million users and forcing 90 million to login to their Facebook accounts again, left personal data exposed and third-party sites using Facebook as a login tool vulnerable.

Last year's Pixel 2 arrived with bugs that prompted user complaints about unwanted noises during calls, a crashing camera app and an unexpected screen tint.

The new generation Pixel smartphone supports wireless charging but you would need to purchase a separately sold wireless charger. Oh, and there's a fingerprint scanner on the side in the power button that utilizes Google's new Titan security chip. Powered by Android 9 Pie, Pixel 3 comes with the latest Android operating system.

Both the Pixel 3 variants come with high-quality Pixel USB-C earbuds and a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter in the box.

There's also dual front-facing speakers, which teamed with Google's algorithms, should make for richer, crisper audio.

The Pixel 3 64GB is priced at Rs 71,000 whereas the Pixel 3 128GB costs Rs 80,000.

Prices start at around £549 for an entry-level version of the Slate with a Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage and tops out a around £1549 if you opt for Intel's eigth-gen i7 Processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage.

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