Google attempts to undercut Apple’s iPhone XS with cheaper Pixel 3

Tabitha Dunn
October 11, 2018

Google's unnervingly human-like voice system, Duplex, is gaining new responsibilities, the tech giant announced at the launch event for its Pixel 3 smartphone today. The other products included the Pixel Slate and a Home Hub. Google introduced a ton of new features, nearly all related to the camera.

A glass panel in the rear confirms that the wireless charging facility will be available on these phones. Though according to Google, it put work into making sure a tablet this gargantuan wasn't awkward to hold. It has a taller 18:9 screen ratio, meaning smaller bezels and more display in the same footprint.

In terms of camera and imaging, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 bear resemblance, however, there are going to be some bumps in the camera for improved imaging.

The Pixel 3 XL looks similar to last year's Pixel 2 XL, though the latest flagship has a notched display, similar to the iPhone XS. Without a doubt, the Android Pie, version 9 will be the OS out of the box. But Google so far isn't following the approach of rivals like Apple, LG Electronics and Samsung that are building multiple main cameras into their phones so you can take, for example, wide-angle and telephoto shots.

During my brief testing, I did not find any issue while navigating the user interface.

Super Res Zoom combines several photos "to create a handsome, zoomed-in shot so you can get closer to the details and frame the shot you want", Rakowski said.

Google has made the batteries in the new smartphones more user-friendly. To make matters worse, the Pixel 3 was easily the most leaked phone of the year, and we knew pretty much all there was to it well before its launch. Verizon mistakenly listed the Pixel 3's price on its website a few hours ago, but it wasn't the only retailer eager to kick off Pixel 3 sales. The Stand will sell for $79. The stand can act as a charging part as well as keep showing the notifications on the phone's display screen. You see a transcript of the response on the screen and you can choose to pick up or ignore the call. For prices of the different variants, scroll down.

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Unlike the Pixel C, the Pixel Slate runs Chrome OS and it also supports Android apps.

The Slate has a custom "molecular display", which is an LCD with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 and 400 nits of brightness.

There's no camera on the front of the screen - so you can't use it to video chat.

Pixel Slate starts at $599 and you would need to spend $199 to purchase the keyboard.

Google is set to reveal its latest smartphone, the Google Pixel 3, a premium Android-powered device that it hopes will convince Apple fans to ditch the iPhone XS. With Google's new Live Albums feature, also available on Home Hub, you can "enjoy a constantly updating stream of photos of the people and pets you care about and skip blurry ones and duplicates", Bonner wrote.

For now, though, let's assume the Google Pixel 3 XL will be free of the sorts of annoying defects that afflicted the original and consider the key specifications for a moment or two.

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