Google Unveils The Pixel 3

But we kind of did.

Google has unveiled the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL smartphones. The event ended with a short film by director Terrence Malick, which, you guessed it, was shot on the new Pixel 3. The Home Hub brings that to the next level with Google Photos Live Albums, which automatically uploads your photos to your Home Hub to show you a constantly-changing slideshow. Google says the Pixel Visual Core chipset that handles imaging is back but we are not sure if this is the same or an upgraded one.

A new feature called Top Shot uses AI to capture alternate shots in HDR+ and then recommend the best one from the sequence, which you can flip through and select a photo from yourself.

Second, Pixel users in the U.S. will be the first to get access to an experimental new Google Assistant feature, powered by Duplex technology, which helps you complete real-world tasks over the phone, like calling a restaurant to book a table. While Google's phones have some compelling features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still the better phone for the enterprise.

Buyers will still have to choose between 64GB or 128GB of storage with the Pixel 3, which was with previous models.

The Pixel 3 features a 5.5-inch screen and the 3XL has a 6.3-inch screen.

There is still a single rear camera on both phones.

Also, it's not immediately clear if you need the Pixel Stand to access this alarm clock mode, or if it will work with any wireless charger. Photo by Alex Coop.

The Pixel 3 is priced from 95,000 yen and the Pixel 3 XL from 119,000 yen. The switch to glass has led Google to include support for wireless charging.

Google and Xiaomi announced a new Android TV streaming box, the Mi Box S. The $60 device is available to order from Walmart starting today and will begin shipping on October 19. Especially as many Wear OS manufacturers are lacking in direction, and could use a reference device from Google to point them in the right direction.

The Pixel 3 sticks to 2160 x 1080 pixels - or Full HD+ - which at this size is actually perfectly adequate.

A fingerprint sensor may also be present on the product for unlocking.

The tablet packs two USB-C ports, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, but not Cellular connectivity option. There is no headphone jack and no room for expandable storage.

The Slate appears to function perfectly well without the keyboard, but after a few minutes with the detachable keyboard, navigating the UI became a significantly better experience. In Google's case, comfort trumps convenience, and getting users to trust a device like the Home Hub means more than packing it with features to match competitors on a spreadsheet.

The Google Home Hub is seen in an image released by Google. On many Android phones and tablets, you can swipe up or down from the home screen to reveal all of your apps.

What's most interesting perhaps is the absence of a camera. Understandably, this was done for the sake of privacy, however, Lenovo cleverly used a "privacy shutter" in their Smart Display to hide the camera when not in use, which Google certainly could have done.

If there was one thing that came out of Google's hardware launch today, it was that the internet goliath is willing to pay a lot of money to others in order to push into the market.

Of all the announcements at Google's hardware event, one thing is sure: Google events aren't primarily about the hardware that it puts forth, but what machine learning can do with that hardware. With the $199 Pixel Keyboard, the price jumps to $798 - throw in the Chromebook Pen ($99) and the grand total hits $897.

Jolly said that the Hub will be able to support more 200 million connected smart devices from more than 1,000 brands.