Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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Google Pixel Slate Release Date, Price & Specs

Google Pixel Slate Release Date, Price & Specs

At its Made by Google event in NY a few hours ago, the Palo Alto giant unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, featuring the best of the company's AI and imaging technologies. But here's the thing-not everything launched at the event will come to India. The Pixel 3 XL's 2880 x 1440 OLED features a large bezel at the bottom, and notch that could be described as "chunky". In fact, both phones are already available for pre-order in the Google Store ahead of their October 18th release.

The image above also lists November 2nd as the launch date for the phone.

Google shipped 2.53 million Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices through the nine months ended June 30, garnering less than 1 percent of the global market for smartphones, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The Pixel 3 is backed by a 2915mAh battery while the Pixel 3 XL packs a 3430mAh battery.

The Pixel 3 is priced at $799/€849 for the 64GB model and $899/€949 if you want double the storage. The wide-angle camera provides a field of view of 97 degrees. To scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular plants and animals, you can now long press in the Pixel 3 camera to easily open Lens. Instead, the camera features a number of new software tools to help you capture better photographs more reliably. While Google's phones have some compelling features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still the better phone for the enterprise. That's significantly short of the capacity we're seeing in other flagship smartphones, and the fact it now supports wireless charging is no compensation.

However, not included with the tablet is the separately sold $199 Pixel Slate Keyboard. The phone has a custom chip created to make photos look better, Google said.

The regular Pixel 3 keeps the design pretty much the same as last year's Pixel 2 with an un-notched 5.5-inch display. It's got 8MP front- and rear-facing cameras; dual, front-facing speakers; no headphone jack, a built-in Titan Security chip, and the power button at the top doubles as a fingerprint reader. They also include an "accessory connector for Pixel Slate Keyboard".

Jolly said that the Hub will be able to support more 200 million connected smart devices from more than 1,000 brands. A comparison shot between a low light Pixel 3 shot and one taken on an iPhone XS appeared to show a dramatic improvement, but this feature won't be enabled until later in the year.

As usual, the Pixel phones focus heavily on Google's search engine, maps, digital assistant and YouTube video service.

It turns into a smart display when not in use, showing information to such as time, weather, calendar appointments, and commute times. Like other Google Home devices, you can shout "Hey Google" to wake it up.

Once again Verizon is the "exclusive" carrier for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in the U.S. That's, of course, a bit of a misnomer because that exclusivity only reaches as far as buying from a carrier goes.

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