Google Unveils The Pixel 3

Marco Green
October 11, 2018

Google's new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will come with a new accessory in the box: a pair of wired Pixel Bud-style earbuds.

With the Pixel 3, Google has finally added Qi wireless charging.

The hardware on the Pixel Slate is nothing to sneeze at, with a crisp, high-resolution 3000×2000 screen with 400 nits of peak brightness, a detachable keyboard, and 12 hours of battery life, but the rest of the hardware has a really, really large swing in capabilities.

Moreover it comes with a trackpad and a stand to adjust the angle of the Pixel Slate.

Previous leaks said the Pixel 3 would be available for preorder right after Google's event on Tuesday in all the countries where Google is holding local events, including the US, UK, and France, but also in other global markets.

The Pixel Slate is built from the ground up to be a powerful and portable device.

Google Home Hub is Google Assistant with a face, and is described by Google's vice-president of product management, Diya Jolly, as a something that creates a more "helpful, thoughtful home".

Where the two differ are their starting configurations, their pricing and, of course, the OS they run. But Android Pie and subsequent changes within Google core apps show that Android as an ecosystem continues to grow in strength.

This tablet is a bit more like a 2-in-1 computer than it is a mobile tablet. The phones' new all glass and metal design is sleek and lightweight, the displays are attractive despite the big bezels that are still present on both models, and the camera continues to be a stand-out feature for Google this year.

Google shipped 2.53 million Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices through the nine months ended June 30, garnering less than 1 percent of the global market for smartphones, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The new version Echo Show starts at $229, while the least expensive Facebook Portal sells for $199.

Perhaps critically, it does not contain a camera: something that Google explicitly noted was so that people feel comfortable taking it with them into private places - like on your bedside table.

The 7-inch (17.5) screen automatically adapts its brightness and colour temperature to the room around it, and can be set to turn off completely at certain times of the day (although it will still play alarms). The dual front cameras are just for wide-angle selfies, but Google has a ton of camera software tricks.

The smartphone is backed by a 3430mAh battery with fast-charging support. These phones are more expensive than last year's Pixels.

When it comes to performance and speed, the Pixel 3 XL and regular 3 are certain to be some of the best in the business. If I'm going to spend $899 on a handset ($999 for the 128GB model) I want its design to be flagship quality too. No longer! Optus is getting a piece of the Pixel 3 action, and these are the plans it has on offer.

It works with Google's Assistant and hardware.

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