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Google Pixel 3 First impressions

10 Octobre 2018

There have been a couple of big announcements, so in case you missed them, here's a quick recap of everything released today. The company announced its version, the Google Home Hub, which it pegs as "the best photo frame". It is priced at a pretty reasonable $149. It costs $219 and comes readily available in four colours: Chalk, charcoal, aqua and sand. The primary aim of the Hub is to control your smart home with a single device. In another apparent nod to privacy concerns, Google didn't put a camera on its Home Hub like Amazon and Facebook did with their respective devices to enable video calls.

Google just announced this feature alongside the new Google Home Hub, a "smart display" like the Lenovo Smart Display.

The Home Hub is available to preorder right now for $149 (£139) and will begin shipping on October 22.

Google's positioned a pair of 2W front-firing speakers on the front of the Slate - when it's held in landscape they're positioned at either end.

Wear OS is where Google has made a decision to focus its efforts for now (frequent updates rather than yearly ones), and once the software is sorted then maybe we'll see a Google Pixel Watch. Other phone manufacturers, however, have managed to balance looks with a dual selfie-cam setup. You can wirelessly connect the Pixel Slate to a Pixel Slate keyboard and use a Pixelbook Pen which has to be purchased separately.

Aside from the headline hardware changes, there are additions to the Android Pie software that the Pixel 3 launches on which we'll explore once we have the phone in for a full review. A separate stylus, the same one from the Pixelbook, is also available for $99. The $599 iteration of the Pixel Slate will have an Intel Celeron processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

John G. Mabanglo  EPA via Shutterstock
John G. Mabanglo EPA via Shutterstock

The tablet has been rumoured to come with an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM.

But the main features aren't hardware, they're software, and Google has gone all out in new software.

Google Chromecast 3: What's new? It's still a $35 dongle. The Pixel Stand would allow users to use their phone as a smart speaker as well.

The iPhone also features Google's search engine, but Google may be paying Apple as much as $9 billion annually for that privilege, based on the estimates of Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall. Duplex, which we first saw demoed in May at Google I/O, pretends to be an actual human assistant to book you restaurant reservations and hair salon appointments. So if you want voice-activated shopping on Amazon Prime, or access to Amazon Music / Music Unlimited, it would make more sense to pick the Echo Show. The smaller model is also getting a better battery, while the Pixel 3 XL has a slightly smaller one. The Pixel 3 has a smaller 5.5-inch screen, whereas the Pixel 3 XL has a 6.9-inch notched display.

But the front of the devices could be very different this year. These are all improvements over the Pixel 2 range launched year.

Although Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are set to dominate proceedings, it has also been heavily speculated the tech firm could debut a new tablet. Yes, after countless leaks, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are official. That's behind the new glass design and when paired with the new Pixel Stand - which is actually pretty slick - you have a great wireless charging experience. "It allows us to maintain a level of understanding in our supply chain that we otherwise wouldn't have", Neal Mueller, Google's cloud marketing head, told Reuters previous year.

Google Pixel 3 First impressions