Google unveils new Pixel phone, adds tablet in Apple challenge

The smartphones are also available online at the Singapore Google Store.

Despite the global success of the Android operating system, Google has done less well with Pixel phones, which appeared nearly three years ago and have so far less than 1% share in the worldwide market, according to Strategy Analytics.

"Pixel brings you the best of Google in a phone, powered by AI to deliver more helpful, thoughtful and enjoyable experiences", said the company on its website. Past year the Pixel 2 XL had display problems, but that's not a concern with the Pixel 3 XL. Let's take a look to find out. There's even an automatic HDR mode for combining multiple exposures that Google claims is "generations" ahead of its competitors. Starting out at $599 for a baseline model which has 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 8th Gen Intel® Celeron processor which isn't going to win any performance awards and tops out at a whopping $1599. The Pixel 3 starts at £739 and the Pixel 3 XL costs at least £869, both depending on whether you choose 64GB or 128GB of storage, but even the most capacious XL is more affordable than the cheapest iPhone XS. What's that mean for you? To add fuel to the fire, Pixel 3 XL was already being sold in Russian Federation one week before the product was even announced. It's an improvement, but nothing to write home about.

Google was being the first to tell you weather report and whether the bus is late and when will the next train or bus will arrive. The deep notch gouged out of the top of the Pixel 3 XL's OLED screen seems to be universally reviled, and our Pixel 3 XL hands-on did not change our mind - it's ugly.

Step-7 Finally, tap on the Hide option to hide Pixel 3 XL notch. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 range rock USB-C ports as their main IO, with the original Pixel line-up rocking the older MicroUSB standard.

When we tested the Pixel 2's battery life in our review, we found it lasted just over 14 hours.

Google shipped 2.53 million Pixel 2 and 2 XL devices through the nine months ended June 30, Strategy Analytics said.

Samsung's official US Tweeter account posted the following in response to Pixel 3 XL's design: "You could land a plane on it". When you're not doing anything with it, it will show selected pictures stored on Google photos if you want it to.

On the hardware side, the Pixel 3 and the iPhone XS have similarly high-end rear cameras, except for one major difference: The iPhone XS has two rear camera lenses, while the Pixel 3 uses only one. The hardware is nearly exactly the same: a 12.2 MP lens with optical + electronic image stabilization, that shoots 4K video.

Google is also hiring photographer Annie Leibovitz to take pictures with the new Pixel in an effort to persuade consumers that its camera is superior. The smaller Pixel 3 has a bezel straight across the top, but its two front-facing cameras are left-justified.

If you still have an original Pixel XL or a Galaxy S6, this will be a big upgrade. It allows for more people and more of your surroundings in your selfies.

While this may make it a slightly more challenging to make video calls, the device is able to control over 10,000 different sort of smart home solutions. Are you ok with the notch?

Google honed some of that new camera technology in last year's oddball "Clips" camera, a stationary device that used AI to detect when to take photos of your family. Pixel 3 starts at $799, while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899.

  • Arturo Norris