Pixel 3 launch: Google to unveil iPhone challenger and smart home hub

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were the best camera phones until the Huawei P20 Pro took the crown from them this year.

The Pixel Slate is the company's first in-house tablet in over three years.

The 2018 version of Chromecast comes in Chalk and Charcoal color options and is now expected to retail for Rs 3,499 in the country. The panel also features 100,000:1 contrast ratio, and is HDR-compliant.

Cameras: Google's camera processing software is tough to beat and the Pixel 3 XL will likely yield some great results.

That's a lot of pixels!

The slate sports a 12.3-inch display with 3000 x 2000 resolution and 293ppi that is among the sharpest in its class, according to Google.

The package also includes front-firing stereo speakers and two 8MP cameras, one on the back and one on the front. It's display integrates with Google Photos, Google Assistant and YouTube (with six months of free access to YouTube Premium).

In terms of power, it appears the Pixel Slate is outgunned, at least in terms of the base model.

Verizon Wireless will remain the exclusive carrier for Google's new Pixels, which were unveiled at a media event in NY today. The front-facing shooter has a wide-angle lens that's ideal for large group shots. The new phones' camera can also be used to search for items online by simply taking a picture of them.

The Pixel Slate does seem to be positioned as an addition to, but not a replacement for, the Pixelbook.

If a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL is on your shopping list, here's where you can go buy one - whether you want to head to a carrier or do it your own way and buy unlocked. And since it's a tablet, Chrome OS has been optimized for touch.

Verizon touted the camera's functionality, saying that thanks to new AI functionality, it can select the best shot from motion photos.

A new call-screening feature lets the Google Assistant pick up the phone and listen in to see if the call is spam or a telemarketer. Here are the best bang-for-buck plans from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus that you can purchase today. It also has a fingerprint scanner at the top and comes with two accessories-Pixel Keyboard and Pixel Pen.

I did the 10fastfingers typing test and reached 50 words per minute, which is well below my usual 70 wpm. Then I saw what they'd done instead. The keyboard also has a full-size trackpad that offers traditional functionality.

A new Home View feature, activated by swiping down on the display shows the status of all your connected devices on a single screen, letting you easily switch off lights or smart plugs, or turn music down. Machine learning, new features, and more are all far more relevant.

The Pixel Slate will be on sale for £549/$599.

That's an inevitable side effect of Google's launch cycle and while Californian rival Apple put out its iPhone XS with new hardware, Google's new phones are a generation behind, relatively speaking. Launched at $149, the new Google Home Hub is available for pre-orders via google store.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and 6.3 inches, respectively, feature high-tech cameras and allow its users to screen calls using AI.

  • Arturo Norris