Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Google Unveils the Pixel 3 and 3XL with New AI Camera Features

Google Unveils the Pixel 3 and 3XL with New AI Camera Features

Both the new phones by Google, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with a bigger battery, better processor and a larger display as compared to the predecessors. But here's the thing-not everything launched at the event will come to India.

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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. The Pixel 3 comes with a starting price of Rs 71,000 and will be available in India, starting November 1. The front and rear of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. This is paired with 4GB of RAM while the storage options vary between the two phones.

The Pixel line-up is known for its AI-enabled camera performance and Pixel 3 and 3 XL take it a bit further.

The new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will go head-to-head with Apple's iPhone Xs as an Android alternative and boast improved camera specs as the headline feature. If you have smart security cameras or doorbells installed, you can view the feed on the Home Hub. Google said this is so the device is "comfortable to use in private spaces in your home".

Previous leaks said the Pixel 3 would be available for preorder right after Google's event on Tuesday in all the countries where Google is holding local events, including the US, UK, and France, but also in other worldwide markets.

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DisplayMate has Lab Tested the Google Pixel 3 XL OLED Display which has earned our Highest A+ Rating and a DisplayMate Best Smartphone Display Award.

Google has been reconfiguring its tablet offerings over the last few years, eschewing the Android tablets of the past in favor of new devices under Chrome OS.

Both Pixels have a fingerprint sensor mounted on their rears, and there are front-facing speakers that are 40 percent louder than in previous generations. They also include an "accessory connector for Pixel Slate Keyboard". If the Pixel Slate doesn't detect a keyboard or mouse, it automatically enters Tablet mode, and there's nothing you can do about it. A comparison shot between a low light Pixel 3 shot and one taken on an iPhone XS appeared to show a dramatic improvement, but this feature won't be enabled until later in the year. It gives Google a stronger presence in the smart home and an answer to the Amazon Echo Show with deep YouTube integration. Either way, I'm looking forward to taking that free 3-month trial of YouTube Premium for a spin.

In some respects, it was inevitable that smart homes would end up going down the path to a central control point and ecosystem: the smart home market is so disparate and flooded with competing standards that those companies that have tried to become single-point hubs - for example, Wink - have had limited success. When you do, you're basically just getting a phone as if it were purchased from the Google Store, but it comes ready to rock with your Project Fi account if you have one already. It'll be available first in the US, UK, and Australia.

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