Google announces Pixel Slate to take on Microsoft Surface Pro

Angelica Greene
October 10, 2018

Google will be officially unveiling the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones on October 9 in NY, and ahead of the launch, there's hardly anything that we don't about the smartphones.

Google launched the Pixel 3 at 10 media events around the world, as it gradually expands the geographic distribution of the device to compete with the iPhone, whose latest edition launched in about 50 countries.

As usual, we are expecting around five or so Google products at this event. Google Pixel 3XL, Pixel 3, Google Pixel Slate & Home Hub Officially Unveiled. The Home Hub retails for $149 and ships October 22.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are scheduled to get announced tomorrow. It will reportedly be called Pixel Slate and can double as a lightweight and easily portable laptop.

The earbuds of the earphones are 16.5mm in diameter, and the cord is 44 inches-long. Both new Google smartphones are so far found to have multiple colour options, including Black, White, and a suspicious "Sand" variant that could be close to the Pink colour.

The two devices are super expected, but in reality, nearly everything is already known about them since even the XL model is already on sale in China (even if it costs nearly 2000 euros).

But Google tweeted a video on Monday implying that maybe we don't know everything about the device. There appears to be both a front-facing and rear-facing camera, and there are dark lines on either side of the screen that seem to suggest stereo speakers are present.

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At a live event in NY, the technology giant will reportedly also announce a range of other updated devices including a new tablet as well as smart home products, which could include an update to the firm's Google Home smart speaker range.

Additional leaked screenshots show that the phone will have a 2,915mAh battery, which is a noteworthy jump in capacity from the Pixel 2. All the keys are rounded, and there is a dedicated button to launch Google Assistant.

The reporters at Engadget state that the Pixel 3 XL is a solid and well-built device. Although, there's a high chance Google will focus more on Android 9 Pie-specific features. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature a 12.2MP rear shooter with 1.4um large pixel, f/1.8 aperture, and OIS. Google mentioned that they have included the same camera tech you can find on latest Pixel smartphones.

So you think you know... The new Pixel phones are finally here.

Google also introduced a wireless charger for the phone called Pixel Stand, which is to sell for $79.

The review - in Russian with English subtitles - shows the device in full from all angles and goes over both software and hardware features. It will be available first in the USA this month, and in 12 more markets including India from November 1.

Other reports by GizPress

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