Google unveils Pixel 3 smartphones, new tablet and Home Hub

Google unveils Pixel 3 smartphones, new tablet and Home Hub

The standard Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch display - up from 5-inches on its predecessor - while the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch display, an increase of 0.3-inches from before.

The Pixels have barely made a dent in the market since their debut two years ago, but Google is hoping to change that with the latest models unveiled Tuesday at an event in NY.

Privacy and security features also could be top talking points about the Pixel 3 as Google and other big U.S. tech companies try to bounce back from recent data breach scandals.

Prices start at £739 for the Pixel 3 and £869 for the Pixel 3 XL. This includes a Top Shot feature, which the company claims can capture the best moment so you don't miss it, as well as a Night Sight feature so you can take good quality shots in the dark without having to use the flash. Other than this, Photobooth feature will also take photos of subjects who are smiling.

"If you have a Google tattoo on you, then these are the phones for you", IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said of the Pixel's limited appeal so far.

"Apple adopted a similar strategy for its iPhone range - three models with different screen sizes and price points to cater to different consumer segments", she added.

Google has added wireless charging to the Pixel 3 as well, which is compatible with its new Pixel Stand. There is the possibility of wireless charging. Placing the Pixel 3 on this stand turns it into a smart display that shows personalised information from Google Assistant.

But again Google is attacking its rivals on the pricing front.

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The Pixel 3 smartphones run Google's latest Android 9 Pie mobile operating system, with new features like digital well-being and a gesture-based navigation system. Both varieties of smartphone equipped with a special chip to protect from viruses and securing important data. The handsets are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU.

As we mentioned earlier there are two storage variants of the smartphone - one with 64GB onboard storage and the other with 128GB inbuilt storage.

Google says the Pixel Slate is excellent for watching videos - its screen offers bright colours and fast response rates and it also has dual front-firing speakers.

On the front, Google has gone with two selfie cameras 8-megapixel (wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture, 97-degree FOV and fixed focus) + 8-megapixels (normal, f/1.8 aperture, 75 degree FOV, and autofocus).

Google also revealed a clip on keyboard for the device, that retails at £189.

Also announced at the event in NY, the new Google Home Hub smart speaker responds to voice commands like other smart home devices but also features a display from which users can access news and weather information visually, as well as watch YouTube videos, use Google Maps and control other smart home devices.

In addition to the new Pixel 3 phones, we're also expecting new Pixel Buds headphones, a new Chromebook tablet called the "Pixel Slate", a new Chromecast streaming device, and much more.

The Google Home Hub costs £139 and will be available from October 22.

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