Pixel 3 launch: Google to unveil iPhone challenger and smart home hub

Alfred Osborne
October 10, 2018

Also, while the image in the screenshot above features the Pixel 3 XL rather than the Pixel 3, it's unlikely that the Pixel 3 XL would cost $799.99, which would be $50 cheaper than previous year.

Pricing for the Pixel 3 phone starts at $799 and the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899, significantly cheaper than Apple's high-end iPhones, which start at $999 and $1,099 for the Xs and Xs Max, respectively. To this day the Google Pixel 2 camera still amazes us, and the Pixel 3 building off of that success gives us high hopes for our forthcoming camera tests. There's also a USB Type-C port on one of its sides.

The Google Pixel 3 features a 5.5-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) display without the notch and it comes in Black, White, and Mint color variants. You can get it in Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, or Sand colours.

A new Pixel Stand for wireless charging was also unveiled Tuesday, priced at $79. You see, Google wants this to be a product you place on your nightstand - or some place like that - and still feed comfortable. That supports the Qi standard, and delivers up to 10W of power. The premium Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were introduced alongside a host of other hardware that will add to the tech giant's smart home devices.

In an interview on Wednesday (Oct 10) at the sidelines of the Singapore launch event for its Pixel 3 smartphone devices, Mr Saunders said "there are no plans to share right now" with regards to bringing the other hardware mentioned above here. The screen is bright and sharp and is touch-sensitive, which enables the many contextual Google Assistant features available on Android Things.

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Users can also add animated stickers to photos that mimic the expressions of the subject such as smiling or frowning. Just tap on a button for Google's voice assistant to ask the caller about the objective of the call.

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The most exciting productivity-focused app Google announced at its event was Adobe Acrobat, allowing users to create PDF files. It's a new "convertible" device, which is to say that it can be used as a tablet , or as a laptop, or as a digital sketchpad.

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However, it will perhaps now be worth even more now, going down in history as one of the art work's greatest ever pranks. The auction house added: "We had no prior knowledge of this event and were not in any way involved".

We've seen similar Google Assistant devices from Lenovo and JBL, but Google is trying to offer up something slightly more streamline with the Home Hub. There'll also be Google Hardware Store pop-ups in NY and Chicago, open from October 18 through to December 31, which will also offer the Home Hub when it's released.

The Google Pixel 3 release date is October 18 in the United States, and November 1 in the UK and Australia. Yesterday Google launched an enhanced version with new colour choice (chalk/charcoal), and a faster processor. Hopefully this is just the first step in the plan to actually break these controls out into a dedicated shade or panel within Android - a swipe gesture to quickly launch home controls would be a fantastic step forward on the overall assistant/home control ecosystem. While the Home View feature will likely come to other Smart Displays (as well as the Google Home mobile app) with a software update, right now it's a Home Hub exclusive. Google is adding multi-room audio support, effectively bridging the gap between the Chromecast and the Chromecast Audio.

According to Geh, Taiwan and Japan this year were added to the list of Asian markets where Pixel would be available. With the addition of a display on the Google Home and a few excellent features, it's a good bet that this will be the one. Not at all. Does it leave Google's smart speaker looking incredibly cute?

"Google Store was only opened in April and it is starting to become a real meaningful platform (in terms of sales)", the executive pointed out.

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