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12 October, 2018, 05:12 | Author: Joanna Little
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Google has finally made official the much-leaked Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. While it's true we got a glimpse of majority ahead of time thanks to copious leaks (which Google themselves lightly poked fun at during the opening segment), it was still fun to see them in action.

The standard Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch display - up from 5-inches on its predecessor - while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch display, an increase of 0.3-inches from before. One of those, like last year's Duplex, sees Google handling phone calls on your behalf.

Google also unveiled the $150 Home Hub, a home-speaker competitor to Amazon's Echo Show that will feature a smart display with access to YouTube.

Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature a 12.2MP single sensor on the rear and feature exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work real-time. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB / 6GB RAM.

The US SIM-free price of the two devices starts at £739 for the Pixel 3 and £869 for the Pixel 3 XL. Interestingly, the phone also has a new Titan M security chip which Google has stated will help on-device protection for login credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system. The Hub is created to be, as the name indicates, a node through which you can control all of your smart home devices, down to individual rooms. The Google Pixel Stand will be available in India for ₹6,900 and will be up for pre-orders along with the smartphones.

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The iPhone also features Google's search engine, but Google may be paying Apple as much as $9 billion annually for that privilege, based on the estimates of Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall.

Google's AI will also greatly improve nighttime photography, the company said, and will eliminate muddy, dark pictures.

Google Pixel 3 has been priced Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant and Rs 80,000 for the 128GB variant. While the Pixel 3 comes with a regular 18:9 display with Full HD+ resolution, the Pixel 3XL sports 18.5:9 notch display with Quad HD+ resolution. Both devices can be connected to the Slate via Bluetooth. There is no headphone jack again on either of these two devices. You can pick the device up in four colors.

Pixel Slate starts at $599 and you would need to spend $199 to purchase the keyboard.

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