Google unveils Pixel 3 smartphone

Kelley Robertson
October 10, 2018

Leave it to Google to zig when we expect it to zag. Now, what exactly Google has in mind we will get to know in a few hours when the company officially unveils the device.

The Pixel Slate is one handsome tablet.

The phones, that come in two sizes, will be available in three colours - Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink colour options. It's surprisingly thin, just 7 mm, but that makes it feel extra dense.

That's a lot of pixels! This time around we see a full edge-to-edge iPhone X-style screen on the Pixel 3 XL, while the Pixel 2 XL's rounded edge screen makes its way over to the Pixel 3. In person, the panel looked sharp and vibrant. The new Pixel 3 piggybacks on this by offering a second front-facing camera that Google says will replace the selfie-stick, and better low light photography, zoom, depth of field customization, automatic photo-booth features - photo is taken with each facial expression - and the ability to change the timing in case someone blinked. Both phones have high-end specs including a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of storage.

Below are 5 reasons you should pick upcoming Google's Pixel phone over Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy lineup. Plus, the Pixel 3 family is expected to have an Active Edge feature that was sported on the Pixel 2 models a year ago. But Google seems ready to put its money where its mouth is.

The Pixel Slate isn't as much a "book" as it is a Chrome OS redux incarnate. This will be a new Chrome OS-based tablet with Android 9 and Pixelbook Pen support, and a fingerprint sensor running Chrome OS. Because Android highlights Google services, it's key to Google's business of selling ads through its search engine and other mobile apps.

That means that your most used apps will be a tap away. The firm is also expected to launch a new tablet computer - the Pixel Slate.

But in order to give you any semblance of productivity, you're going to need to type.

AI-phone: Screen Call is one of several AI-powered features Google is adding to its phones. It features a USB-C port for charging and Dex desktop support, while also including a 3.5mm headpone jack and a microSD card slot. The keyboard also has a full-size trackpad that offers traditional functionality. It should double up as a laptop when you attach a keyboard to it. The integrated magnets let me slid the flap up and down the Slate's rear for easy stand adjustment.

It'll work neatly on a nightstand as a result, or next to you on a kitchen counter. Or maybe you'd love Photos to display pics of your family when charging with the Pixel Stand on your bedside table, but not when docked on the Stand you keep in your office. Google calls it a Molecular display, which is just a fancy way of saying it's very sharp and vibrant. For example, you can turn down a smart thermostat in one room, and turn your music up on a Google Home device in another, all on the Home Hub screen.

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with a new "top shot" feature that aims to remove photo flaws. But once you throw in the accessories, the Slate becomes a bit more pricey.

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