Google unveils Pixel 3 smartphones, new tablet and Home Hub

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The Pixel Slate and Google Home Hub will not make their way to India, at least as of now.

9 Oct Google at the presentation in NY presented their new products: smartphones, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Slate tablet Pixel, home station Home Hub and the wireless charger Stand Pixel. Running Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL handsets are backed by 2915 mAh and 3430 mAh batteries respectively with wireless charging.

The US SIM-free price of the two devices starts at £739 for the Pixel 3 and £869 for the Pixel 3 XL. Launched at $149, the new Google Home Hub is available for pre-orders via google store.

Under the hood, both the devices are packed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC that comes mated to a 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB ROM (Non-expandable). "Smartphone owners will only remain brand-loyal for so long before realising there are better alternatives on the market". However, it's not clear if it'll be limited to Pixel 3 or pushed to all Pixel phones. As feared, the Pixel 3 XL features a deep and ugly notch that houses a front firing speaker, sensors as well as two front-facing cameras - one for selfies and one for groupies. The wide-angle camera provides a field of view of 97 degrees. It's also hiring photographer Annie Leibovitz to take pictures with the new Pixel in an effort to persuade consumers its camera is superior to the iPhone XS that Apple released last month.

Despite rumors, Google did not announce new wireless Pixel Buds at the Tuesday event. The company now sells Chromecast Audio dongle as dedicated separate audio streaming device.

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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. Two USB-C ports live on the left and right side, but there's no 3.5mm headphone jack. There is also an optional backlit keyboard accessory, along with a stylus.

In terms of ergonomics, both the devices feel more compact, in fact, nearly the same as the 2017 editions. You can wirelessly connect the Pixel Slate to a Pixel Slate keyboard and use a Pixelbook Pen which has to be purchased separately.

The Google Home Hub is the prime competitor of Amazon's Echo Show.

It works with Google Home, so you can control it with voice commands such as "Hey Google, play Cobra Kai from YouTube" or "Hey Google, play The Crown on Netflix" (as long as you have a Netflix subscription). But it's not stopping there, as rumored previously it wants to turn your smartphone into a baby Smart Display.

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