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Google Unveils Pixel 3 Phones, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub

11 October 2018

The Pixel 3 XL starts at ₹ 83,000 for the 64GB variant while the 128GB model is priced at ₹ 92,000.

Google said it would augment distribution by opening two temporary stores in popular neighborhoods of Chicago and NY on October 18 and putting up displays at US tech retailer B8ta and Goop. The pen is the same Pixelbook Pen from a year ago, and it'll still hit your wallet for a cool $99, while the keyboard is new and runs $199. Your color options are Clearly White, Just Black and Not Pink.

From its magnetically attached keyboard to its stylus and, of course, its premium pricing, the Pixel Slate is a thinly veiled attack at Microsoft's Surface line, often hailed as the cream of the crop when it comes to productivity in a flexible form factor.

Google has been somewhat restrained in its distribution and marketing of the Pixel phones, Llamas said, because it doesn't want to alienate Samsung and hundreds of other device makers that feature Android in their own phones. Always On also makes a comeback. This meant that they were not a commercial success in India, and one analytics firm estimated in August that only 80,000 Pixel 2 phones had been sold in India since launch. We can't wait to see how it measures up against other cameras and as a standalone phone camera.

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Google Home Hub is Google Assistant with a face, and is described by Google's vice-president of product management, Diya Jolly, as a something that creates a more "helpful, thoughtful home". That's going to be excellent for price conscious consumers, but keep in mind that you're not going to get stellar productivity from a Celeron CPU with 4GB of RAM in 2018. However, Google will ship each phone with a pair of Pixel Buds USB-C earphones which supports real-time translation, Google Assistant integration, and can even read out messages and compose replies.

The 64GB Pixel 3 XL starts at $38.74 for 24 months or $929.99 total. 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. Now the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are here to claim the title. There is a 12MP rear-facer on both handsets, while facing forward are two 8MP cameras.

The all-new Google Chromecast has the same rounded, hockey puck-esque shape introduced with the second-generation version of the media streamer. The dual front cameras are just for wide-angle selfies, but Google has a ton of camera software tricks.

There are a bunch of new camera features such as Top Shot - an AI system that takes multiple pictures and selects the one where everyone is at their best (eyes open, smiling etc.). If you look really carefully, you'll see that the glass strip has some slightly different curved detailing at the edges and that the camera and LED flash unit have swapped places. It will be available later as an update. Users on a budget should probably plump for Optus' $65 My Plan Flex 24-month leasing plan which provides 20GB total monthly data. In some other European countries, it is a bit more expensive. These and many such questions have been doing the rounds for a while now, We got our hands on the Pixel 3 for a short while and here is what we made of it in our first impressions. It can also bring up contextual info like commute times.

Google Unveils Pixel 3 Phones, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub