Google announces its first tablet in three years, the Pixel Slate

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2018

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel 2 XL cost $849 for the 64GB model and $949 for the 128GB variant. There's also a prominent "chin" at the bottom of the phone.

Instead, the Pixel Slate is more of a Chromebook than anything else - created to run Chrome-native software, including Google's suite (Docs, Calendar, etc.) and a broad variety of third-party applications. You can download your favorite apps and games and actually use them with the Slate's touchscreen, which makes for a much better experience than most everything else on the market.

But what about this years?

Also, unlike the limelight-craving Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which have been leaked all over the internet, there have not been any leaks of the Pixel Watch's design, suggesting there aren't any out there to leak.

The nod to privacy concerns comes as Google and other big USA tech companies try to bounce back from recent data breach scandals.

Google is set to reveal its latest smartphone, the Google Pixel 3, a premium Android-powered device that it hopes will convince Apple fans to ditch the iPhone XS. If the Pixel 3 thinks it got a better shot than you, it'll pop up as a suggestion.

The folio back flap pulls double duty as a cover and a stand, allowing you to use the Slate at nearly any angle.

This is where things get interesting - and, before we get into it, we're only comparing the basic Google Pixel Slate configuration against the base level iPad Pro.

The Pixel 3 smartphones come with exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work in real-time on URLs, emails, phone numbers, addresses, and QR codes. There's 4GB of RAM and it comes with 64GB or 128GB of storage. It also has all the usual bells and whistles for a phone, including Bluetooth, USB Type-C and Wi-Fi etc.

The third generation of Pixel phones comes in two sizes, and both feature high-definition screens that span from one edge to another. As before, Google's rear snapper is just phenomenal. A feature called Top Shot uses AI to help you capture the flawless photo every time. The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are available for pre-order starting October 9, with a ship date of October 17. A new Super-Res Zoom feature uses computational photography to reduce the amount of noise and artifacts in the photos when zooming in on a shot.

Google knows a lot about you, including, apparently, how much you hate answering the phone.

Google already offers a way to filter calls suspected of being spam. Not bad, if not a tad worrying. For example, you place the phone down, fire up the app and gather a group of people together. While a welcome addition, it's really not something new and, as some long-time Android owners may remember, a feature that used to be part of some older Android phones. However, it's lacking a headphone jack and its screen slides against the official keyboard cover.

The detachable keyboard accessory features circular keys and a touchpad. Strangely, Verizon charges more for the Pixel 3 XL if purchased directly from the carrier-it's $930 or $38.74 per month. Unfortunately, only time can tell on that.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL launch in the United Kingdom on 1 November and preorders are open now on the Google Store.

Plenty of details about the new smartphones have appeared online, although Google has sought to poke fun at the rumours.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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