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Here’s all the new hardware Google announced today

10 Octobre 2018

While we could direct you straight to Google's keynote address, we'd rather focus on the initial impressions from tech enthusiast MKBHD, someone who wouldn't be tempted to pull any punches. So far, there hasn't been any surprises and these phones align with basically everything we've seen up to today.

Specifications wise, it's exactly as we expected given the numerous leaks we've had surface over the previous months.

The company's Android software has gone from being an also-ran to the brains of most of the world's smartphones and Google topped Inc (AMZN.O) in smart speaker sales in recent quarters.

Flip both phones over and you'll find a single rear camera, bucking the trend for dual camera smartphones that are in vogue right now.

The device features a gorgeous 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 3000×2000 pixels - producing up to 6 million pixels, Type-C ports, and no headphone jack.

Pixel 3 has much smaller bezels compared to the Pixel 2 while the Pixel 3 XL comes flaunting an all-screen design with a notch at the top. They'll come in three colors: black, white and pink.

The final addition to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL's arsenal is the introduction of the Pixel Stand.

It will be offered in dark blue colour and features a touchscreen with a possible aspect ratio of 3:2.

After all the leaks, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are ... exactly like the leaks.

You can pre-order the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL direct from the Google Store right now; the Pixel 3 starts at $799, the Pixel 3 XL at $899. With Google Photos integration, the Home Hub can display existing albums or have Google curate an album for you. There's 4GB of RAM and it comes with 64GB or 128GB of storage. Storage also tops out at the same amount, namely 128GB.

In contrast to the other Android-equipped offerings on the market, the Pixel is seen as a step between Apple's iOS and other flagship phones from competitors like Samsung. It still combines the standard Chrome OS flavor of Linux with emulated Android applications, but the keyboard is separate and the interface is specifically created to be a tablet, not a laptop or phone pretending to be a tablet, as Google puts it.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones offer significant upgrades to prior models by adding a almost edge-to-edge screen on the larger model, more display area on both phones, faster processors and an improved camera.

Google's new Pixel phones mirror the industry trend moving the devices toward lusher, bigger screens and add new twists on the camera for taking better selfies and other pictures. Since the mute button turns off both the camera and microphone, that's not an option unless you want your Echo devices to ignore your voice commands as well.

Google is touting the Pixel Slate as a productivity machine, which is a claim a lot of 2-in-1s make. With the Pixel Stand, you don't need to buy the new $149 Google Home Hub-because your phone does most of the same things anyway, including giving you contextual information based on what time of day it is.

Everybody knows that no matter what Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his antisocial network says ("Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls"), the Portal will be used to gather and sell your personal data.

When it comes to performance and speed, the Pixel 3 XL and regular 3 are certain to be some of the best in the business.

You can count on even more help across other apps too, including Gmail's Smart Compose, now available for mobile on Pixel 3.

It's not a complete overhaul of what came before, but it does look to be a substantial upgrade, though you might want to wait for our full review before dropping all that cash on it.

Here’s all the new hardware Google announced today