Google has finally introduced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Noel Cummings
October 12, 2018

Google's big launch event kicks off tonight from 4pm with other products including a new Pixel Slate tablet also expected to be revealed.

Both smartphones run Android Pie 9.0 and come with all the new AI and machine learning features that were announced during the Google I/O event held earlier this year.

A secondary lens has been added to the front of the phone, which Google says will help you fit more people and detail into your selfies than before.

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As a reminder, the Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Alongside the new smartphones, the Pixel Slate, Pixel Stand and the Google Home Hub were also launched. Google says the front-facing speakers, combined with the lovely display, is supposed to provide the best entertainment experience, and so the company is giving away 3 months of free YouTube TV with the Pixel Slate.

Google uses the phones to highlight what it considers to be best features of its Android operating system, while challenging Apple and Samsung with a device tailored for affluent consumers. It will also come with a wireless charging accessory called the Pixel Stand that allows users to use Google Assistant from anywhere as long as your phone is in the vicinity. The Pixel 3 is priced at $799 and $899 for 64GB or 128GB of storage, respectively.

The Hub is a Smart Display by Google that integrates Google Photos, a visual version of the Google Assistant, YouTube, and other services. When placed into the wireless charging stand, the Pixel's UI changes to become readable from a distance. Alongside the price for the U.S. markets, Google has also announced the price for the Indian markets.

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The Pixel line-up is known for its AI-enabled camera performance and Pixel 3 and 3 XL take it a bit further.

Unlike nearly any other phone on the market, Google has kept a single-lens camera on the back of the two Pixel phones. Because of that, the focus of the Pixel 3 reveal was on the new features primarily, specifically those related to the camera. The tablet has two speakers on the front side and two cameras of 8 MP on the front and back panels.

Pixel Slate comes with a detachable keyboard, as well as a stylus. If you're all about the highest-quality audio, you'll want to pick up a USB-C adapter - but you'll want to make sure it's compatible with this device specifically before you do.

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