Google unveils new Pixel phone, adds tablet in Apple challenge

Google Pixel 3

The main attraction, however, will be Google's smartphone.

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.

You can engage a feature called Night Light where the Slate switches from harsh blue light to warmer tones so it doesn't over-stimulate your eyes.

The fronts of the phones now have two separate cameras: an 8MP 28mm f/1.8 (35mm equiv.) standard one and an 8MP 19mm f/2.2 (35mm equiv.) wide-angle one. The company made it clear that this year the changes wouldn't be driven through hardware only.

"The magic of this phone is on the inside", said Google senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh, in an interview. It turns the phone, when docked, into bedside experience with Google Assistant ready to assist, and clever things like the colour tone changing wake-up routine.

The folio back flap pulls double duty as a cover and a stand, allowing you to use the Slate at nearly any angle. As we've seen with the new iPhones, it's possible to adjust background blur after taking a shot, and there are plenty of other features too. On Tuesday, CEO Sundar Pichai did not make an appearance at his company's event. Understandably, this was done for the sake of privacy, however, Lenovo cleverly used a "privacy shutter" in their Smart Display to hide the camera when not in use, which Google certainly could have done. Can customers trust even more of their lives in the hands of the data giant?

Samsung DeX: People use their smartphones for everything, and with the improvements in Samsung DeX the possibility of your phone serving as your primary computing device is a reality. The stand looks pretty plain but does keep your phone upright when charging.

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Going from a small experiment to a polished product that works in various languages and is backed by large sales, support and technical teams has been part of Google's challenge.

Google Photos uses machine learning to only select the best photos.

The rear camera is a 12.2MP sensor with a f/1.8 aperture and a 1.4um pixel size. The Pixel 3 will launch in 10 countries, up from six for the Pixel 2 a year ago. When you point your camera at information you want to remember or don't feel like typing in - like a URL or QR code on a flyer or an email address on a business card - Google Lens suggests what to do next, like creating a new contact.

Cameras: Google's camera processing software is tough to beat and the Pixel 3 XL will likely yield some great results. In the U.S., for example, the Pixel 3 starts at $799, $150 up from the Pixel 2's $649 launch price.

What you do get for your money, is a compact phone powered by 2018's top hardware, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform. It comes in three colors-Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, and Sand. You see a transcript of the response on the screen and you can choose to pick up or ignore the call.

Google Pixel 3 specifications Google Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) flexible OLED screen with 18:9 aspect ratio.

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