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Google Unveils Pixel 3 Phones, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub

11 October 2018

It turns out it wasn't a design choice from the outset; Google wanted both handsets to have matching notches, but the smaller size of the Pixel 3 meant it just wouldn't fit. These phones are more expensive than last year's Pixels. It's not immediately clear whether this feature will be available on last-gen Chromecasts, or whether it will be exclusive to new models, though.

This morning I was about to get up-in-arms about the lack of a headphone jack on the new Google Pixel Slate. If you're wondering why Google didn't spend any time talking about the Chromecast on-stage during its announcement, it's probably because, well, there's not much to talk about.

Google's Pixel Slate, meanwhile, comes in at a relatively modest $599, but has only an Intel Celeron under the hood paired with a measly 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for that price.

Where the two differ are their starting configurations, their pricing and, of course, the OS they run.

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Google on Tuesday matched rivals Amazon Inc. and Facebook Inc. with a smart speaker that has a display to show visual responses to voice commands. There are also stereo front-facing speakers and an extra front-facing camera on both devices. While we could direct you straight to Google's keynote address, we'd rather focus on the initial impressions from tech enthusiast MKBHD, someone who wouldn't be tempted to pull any punches.

Where Google has made a hardware change is on the front camera, or cameras.

Google's October gig saw the tech major unveil the much-anticipated Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, along with a few other products, at its "Made by Google" hardware event in NY on Tuesday. The phones are launching in the weeks following the debuts of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max, and ahead of the iPhone XR.

As we mentioned right at the start, the Pixel 3 is a cute-looking phone.

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While Google's phones have larger screens, they do look similar to their predecessors except for fully glass backs. It comes in black or white, with green and pink options available exclusively on Google's online store.

The Google Pixel 3 is priced at ₹ 71,000 for the 64GB internal storage variant while 128GB variant is priced at ₹ 80,000.

Cute. Yes, we understand that cute is hardly a word to associate with smartphones but that's the first thing that strikes you about Google's new smartphone, the Pixel 3. However, these features are not new; they're just nice to have. The company spent plenty of time during its press conference in New York City on Tuesday detailing the many exciting new software features packed into its new phones, but Google obviously didn't have time to cover everything during its 90 minute presentation. The phones also offer wireless charging. The company announced new Pixel phones, a new Pixel-branded Chromebook tablet, as well as the Google Home Hub. There is an optional keyboard case for the Slate, but it costs extra. The keyboard will be an additional £189/$199 and the pen will be £79/$99.

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Google Unveils Pixel 3 Phones, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub