Google Pixel Slate release - Google could announce huge iPad rival TODAY

10 October, 2018, 16:58 | Author: Sammy Rose

The Google Home Hub is up for pre-order now and will be on sale in Australia on October 23, at $219. Google Assistant has been deeply integrated to help users discover the applications they need and a "Family Link" feature offers parental and family controls to ensure that the gadget is easy to share with a group of users. That's impossible to gauge at this stage, though. With 3430mAh and 2915mAh batteries on the Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 respectively, the talk-time and standby hours are definitely more.

Pricing starts at $799 (£739) for the Pixel 3, and $899 (£869) for the Pixel 3 XL. It's possible to display apps side by side in the current version of Chrome the old fashioned way, by resizing them with your cursor in desktop mode, but this is far easier.

As for how it looks, it appears not much has changed. This is an all-glass smartphone yet at the back of the device it has a slightly matte finish. You will be able to switch cameras to take wide-angle selfies. The fingerprint reader still resides in the centre of the rear of the device, though.

Bader also notes how the company's main focus was to include a bigger screen, and in 2018 the main way for manufacturers to do this is by including a notch in the middle of the top edge of the screen. It's an OLED display, as it was a year ago, and it fills much of the front of the phone. The device, priced at US$149, won't be a video-chatting hub like Amazon's product and Facebook's new Portal speaker, unveiled Monday. Right now, the Pixel Slate's high price, which jumps to $800 when you add the keyboard folio, makes it more of an iPad Pro competitor than an iPad competitor. We know that the Qualcomm chipset is quick and, to date, we've seen little variation in terms of performance when it comes to other handsets running it.

"I think the Pixel phones look outstanding as they did previous year", said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD Group.

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The Pixel 3 has a 2915mAh battery and the Pixel 3 XL has a 3450mAh battery. The smaller phone starts at $1199, the larger at $1349. The event ended with a short film by director Terrence Malick, which, you guessed it, was shot on the new Pixel 3. The real change, according to Google, will come from software, AI and machine learning. Jolly said that Google recognized that people may not want cameras in the most private areas of their home, like a bedroom. Titan, a form of security Google has developed for its data centres, is now also apparently found on the new Google phones. It's legitimately one of the nicest Chrome OS options on the market, though, so if you just can't stand MacOS or Windows 10, I guess you can't complain. It measures 5.5 inches on the diagonal, with curved corners and first impressions of this display are good: it looks punchy, viewing angles seem good and there's plenty of vibrancy.

When it comes to software, once again, there's nothing surprising here.

For whatever reason, Verizon is once again the only major US carrier who will sell the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel Slate leaked right before the official Google hardware event today, managing to fly mostly under the radar while the Pixel 3 leaked left and right.

What's surprising is how few new truly exciting features the Pixel 3 XL actually has. For now, colour me thoroughly underwhelmed.

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