Published: Wed, October 10, 2018

Pixel Slate trades headphone jack for a second USB-C

Pixel Slate trades headphone jack for a second USB-C

Google LLC said Wednesday its Pixel 3 smartphone series with artificial intelligence-powered cameras will hit shelves in Japan in November, the first time the American tech giant has released its signature phones in the country. Which is important to note as it seems the design is the main selling point with this display. The Pixel 3 XL is a flagship phone, though, with flagship pricing.

Join FierceWireless this October 17-18 in Dallas as we cover 5G and its part in a much larger story about the next generation of wireless, through a mix of keynotes and fireside chats, breakout sessions and panels. The feature launches in the United States today, and it will come to other Pixel devices next month.

If there is a smartphone that generates the maximum buzz about its cameras then it's Google Pixel. And, yep, that Pixel 3 XL is featuring a notched display to maximize the screen real estate and create an edge to edge experience.

Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to IDC. These phones are more expensive than last year's Pixels.

Google also introduced the Pixel Stand, which serves as a wireless charger that turns the Pixel into a smart visual and audio experience that can be controlled by on-screen actions or by using voice commands.

One of the major disappoints of the new Google Home Hub, however, is the omission of a camera for Google Duo video calls. The Pixel 3 will have a new chip, called Titan, to store keys to the most sensitive information, including those needed to unlock the phone and descramble stored data.

Of course, we'll be fully testing the Pixel 3 for stamina closer to launch and we'll bring you the full results.

What's really new here is the Top Shot mode that Google is bubbling up to the surface. For example, you can have your Google Photos uploads automatically shown on the Hub like a fancy photo frame. "One of the most exciting stories we have this year is how much machine learning and AI we put into the product", Seang Chau, vice president of Pixel software, told Fast Company.

Another addition is the ability to change the "aperture" in portrait shots.

Lastly, both phones get a new color called Not Pink.

And because there's now a wide-angle lens fitted to the front-facing camera, you can get more in. The camera also has a larger sensor for better low-light pics.

Google Pixel 3L specifications There is not much difference in the specifications between the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3L.

First impressions suggest this is going to be a lot of fun - and there's a drastic difference between the regular front camera and that wide view. Samsung also pushes Android forward and has many features found on future versions of Android.

It is expected to come with Android 9 Pie, the latest Android software system. The new Pixel is expected to have a similar "notch" design to the iPhone XS and a new sand colour. Now the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are here to claim the title.

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