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

Google Pixel 3 Pixel 3 launch: Google to unveil iPhone challenger and smart home hub
Charles Bowen | 10 October, 2018, 22:13

Rick Osterloh, the Senior Vice President of Google products, claimed that Titan Security will facilitate screen-locking, as well as many other aspects of security on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

You can purchase the Pixel 3 from the Google Store here. It is super impressive and basically lets you tap on something while looking at the camera and it will give you information about what you are looking at.

Alleged images of both units appear to show a similar two-tone melding of glass and aluminium on the rear. There's also a matte white finish - a first for the gadget.

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.

It wasn't drowned out by the ambient noise in the room, but at the same time you didn't seem to get much of an impression of bass.

It's also HDR compatible - something that's becoming fairly common now in high-end devices - potentially offering better results when playing compatible HDR video, like some movies offered by Netflix.

We know how hard it can be to choose the flawless smart speaker for your home, so we've put together this handy comparison guide to help you decide whether you should purchase the brand new Google Home Hub, or the Amazon Echo Show.

There is a Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood of both phones but the cores are clocked at 2.5GHz and not 2.7GHz or even 2.96GHz as we have seen on other phones with the same chipset.

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The Pixel 3 smartphones come with exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work in real-time on URLs, emails, phone numbers, addresses, and QR codes. These phones are more expensive than last year's Pixels. It can also bring up contextual info like commute times.

The Pixel 3 packs in a host of new ideas about how AI can change the phone experience - from the practical to the pretty out-there.

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

What's really new here is the Top Shot mode that Google is bubbling up to the surface.

One of the features people love most about Google Photos is the automatic backup of pictures and videos. Other tweaks to Chrome OS includes a customized app launcher with Google's integrated machine learning technology.

Another addition is the ability to change the "aperture" in portrait shots. Forget about the fact that it can take six months or even longer to get big updates, the phones simply aren't updated with new Android builds after a while. The camera also has a larger sensor for better low-light pics. The dual front cameras are just for wide-angle selfies, but Google has a ton of camera software tricks. It added that the feature will roll out to other USA cities in the future.

IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said the Pixel 3 doesn't break new ground on hardware, but "software is a different story". I'll thank you very much, Google, for reconsidering including either a dongle or the proper jack itself for the final release - unless of course you're suggesting that USB-C audio is, indeed, the only true way forward from here.

For those wanting a compact powerful device, the Pixel 3 certainly will be that.

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