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Google Pixel 3 First impressions

10 October 2018

The Google Home Hub is the prime competitor of Amazon's Echo Show.

Color aside, the Home Hub looks a little generic as it's primarily just a display attached to a base. Google lets you squeeze to activate Google Assistant, but there are more options and capability with the edge panels on the Note 9. Google claims that you'll have the ability to run developer tools and even Linux.

Continuing its push for Chrome OS, Google's new Pixel Slate is a tablet with a keyboard attachment that allows it to act like a notebook. The 12.3-inch display is apparently a Molecular Display, with a resolution working out at 293ppi. For one, it comes with a "voice match" function that can recognize who is giving it orders and tailor the response to your individual user profile.

The Pixel Slate is one handsome tablet.

However, some have insisted a more affordable model of the hardware will be made available that comes with a 7th-generation chip from Intel. An 8th Gen Core m3 and 8/64 GB is $799, a Core i5 and 8/128 GB is $999, and a Core i7 and 16/256 GB is a whopping $1,599.

Although Google did not make any announcements about it on-stage, there's a new Chromecast.

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A new feature called Top Shot uses AI to capture alternate shots in HDR+ and then recommend the best one from the sequence, which you can flip through and select a photo from yourself. There's no Bluetooth but just Wi-Fi 802.11ac. There's a change in logo, but the important thing is that Google says the new version is 15% faster with added support for 60fps 1080p video. This device will launch in a few weeks, but you can join a waitlist on the Google Store. The 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL are both what we expected, with the Pixel 3XL having the huge notch that we've seen in the aforementioned leaks. Both phones have high-end specs including a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of storage.

There's 128GB of storage and a fingerprint scanner on the back of both devices.

Google's screen is also supported by a much smaller speaker underneath - around the same size as the Google Home Mini - giving the impression of an nearly floating display. There's no 3.5mm audio jack either, which means you either have to go with USB-C headphones or wireless ones.

This is what everyone really wanted to see: Google's latest Pixel phones. The Pixel 3 phones are also stated to have the best smartphone camera, and they have new software features such as Night Sight and Super Res Zoom. Gboard, the keyboard built into your Pixel 3, will recommend GIFs, stickers and more, to make your conversations fun and engaging. That's behind the new glass design and when paired with the new Pixel Stand - which is actually pretty slick - you have a great wireless charging experience. Verizon will sell the Google Pixel 3 XL, but to use it on other carriers you need to purchase it through the Google Store online without getting the chance to hold one in your local carrier store.

With the Pixel Slate, Google is looking to become the de facto choice for truly mobile portability.

Google Pixel 3 First impressions