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The Pixel 3 Already Has One Big Flaw

10 October 2018

But is there really a demand for smaller handsets when everyone is going big? The Pixel 3 has a 2,915mAh battery, while the XL's is 3,430mAh; both support wireless charging.

"It's designed from inside out to be the smartest, most helpful device", said Nanda Ramachandran, senior director at Google Pixel Business, at a press event in Tokyo. As such, at first glance it looks as though it could have done more to give you a little more display. Both phones feature a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and either 64 or 128GB of storage. With Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, on the Pixel 3 that division between matte and glossy finishes is rather remarkable. And there's also Flip to Shhh, which will mute notifications if you set the phone screen down. Available on October 22 in four colors, it's essentially a 7-inch tablet fused to a small fabric-covered speaker that can do everything your Google Home can, and a bit more thanks to its touchscreen display. Its own aspect ratio is 18.5:9.

That said, the lack of a Tablet mode/Laptop mode option will be less of a drawback in the new Chrome OS, which handles Tablet mode better than the current version does.

Trond Wuellner, Google's director of product management, spent a lot of time touting the tablets display, citing it's 12.3-inch panel with a resolution of 2,000 x 3,000 pixels.

The hardware is exactly what you'd expect.

The device features Home View, a dashboard for the spectrum of home devices, including appliances, DVRs, lights and thermostats. One of those, like last year's Duplex, sees Google handling phone calls on your behalf.

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. It's an OLED display, as it was past year, and it fills much of the front of the phone.

Regardless of which of the myriad options you opt for, the Pixel Slate is consistently priced higher than the Surface Pro 6, not a wise decision when you're the new entrant into a market that is dominated by a giant like Microsoft.

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"We've built the first phone that can answer the phone", Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president for hardware, told media on Tuesday. This adds to the sleekness as well as simplicity of the Pixel 3.

Ask any smartphone fan what the best camera is on a phone and if they don't mention the Pixel in some capacity, then they probably don't know what they're talking about.

"I think the Pixel phones look outstanding as they did previous year", said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD Group. That's in stark contrast to the Echo Show, which allows you to take pictures or host video calls with other Echo devices, or even the newly announced Facebook Portal that seems nearly entirely focused on video calling.

The idea is to create a Google ecosystem, where photos taken by your Android phone are automatically uploaded to the Hub so it can act as a digital photo frame, where you play music through YouTube, grab recipes through its search function, check out your daily schedule, and interact with your security cameras, video doorbell, thermostat, and smart lighting. Super Res Zoom takes many photos in slightly different ways to composite a better zoomed in photo.

Another addition is the ability to change the "aperture" in portrait shots. To begin with, it leaves behind the textured hard plastics used in Acer's Chromebook Tab 10, with Google opting for a smooth metal instead.

Where Google has made a hardware change is on the front camera, or cameras.

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 front camera has been spruced up to cover a wider angle when making video calls.

The Pixel 3 Already Has One Big Flaw