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

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

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

Verizon Wireless will remain the exclusive carrier for Google's new Pixels, which were unveiled at a media event in NY today.

Google unveiled a smattering of new products at its recent launch event, one of which was a new Chrome OS tablet named the Pixel Slate. The Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch QHD +(2960 x 1440) flexible OLED with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, HDR support and 100,000:1 contrast ratio. This meant that they were not a commercial success in India, and one analytics firm estimated in August that only 80,000 Pixel 2 phones had been sold in India since launch. Starting today, anyone who buys one 64GB Google Pixel 3 will get a second device for free. And in an effort to protect you from you, Google has also added Digital Wellbeing to monitor and limit your device and app usage. That's behind the new glass design and when paired with the new Pixel Stand - which is actually pretty slick - you have a great wireless charging experience.

I, robot: In the onstage demo, Google Assistant identified itself as a screening service-per a new company policy for bots to disclose themselves, according to Wired. The launch confirmed what we already knew about both phones based on the leaks and also reveal some new details.

Editable Portrait mode images are also here, allowing the depth of field to be changed just like the iPhone XS.

There have been improvements to the AI side of things, with Google Assistant now being able to receive your call if you're unable to answer it, and converse in real time asking the caller to leave a message if they wish to. We can't wait to see how it measures up against other cameras and as a standalone phone camera.

The Pixel 3 is priced from ¥95,000 and the Pixel 3 XL from ¥119,000. The devices will be available in the United States on October 18, and will spread to other markets on November 1. With the Home Hub, you can choose a Live Album that will automatically display on the Hub's screen, ensuring the latest new photos are available.

Google is touting the Pixel Slate as a productivity machine, which is a claim a lot of 2-in-1s make. The Home Hub will sell for $149 when it launches at American stores October 22. After debuting the concept with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, Google now has its first-party Chrome OS tablet hardware, the Pixel Slate. Instead they only mentioned that this tablet has dual front-firing speakers "for better surround sound". However, Google has swapped the Chrome logo for a "G" this time around. The keyboard is backlit with rounded keys and connects to the Pixel Slate via a smart connector at the bottom of the device. This feature will initially be available later this year in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area to help people book restaurant reservations and will roll out to other USA cities in the future.

The only changes are that it now supports 1080p resolution at 60fps versus the previous 720p at 60fps or 1080p at 30fps, and it now lets users play music in sync with other speakers Google's smart devices, like a Chromecast Audio dongle.