The Pixel 3 phones have larger displays than the Pixel 2 counterparts, which were launched past year. While the Pixel 3 is supposed to have the same 18:9 aspect ratio display as the Pixel 2 but the "XL" variant is expected to feature a wide notch display.
"If you have a Google tattoo on you, then these are the phones for you", IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said of the Pixel's limited appeal so far. While the design looks similar to last-gen Pixel 2 devices with the two-tone back body, the Pixel 3 comes with complete glass back body.
Honestly, simply having support for wireless charging return would make me plenty happy. During a call, the stationary camera will track you, slowly panning and zooming to keep you in frame as you walk around your living room or kitchen, chopping vegetables or digging in the sofa for the lost remote.
"The Google Pixel Slate is built around a 12.3" IPS screen with a resolution of 3000x2000 pixels and weighs 721g.
The Pixel 3 starts at £739 for 64GB of memory but goes up to £839 if customers want 128GB. Much of the functionality will be familiar if you've seen a Lenovo Smart Display, though. It also has integrated Google Assistant, Titan security, Family Link control, and a free 3-month trial of YouTube TV. Google has managed to add portrait mode using AI, and it does a brilliant job compared to other smartphones with dual camera setups.
Both phones now have an IP68 rating and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Also of note is a Flip to Shhh feature on the Pixel 3 phones that'll let you place your phone face down to quickly silence it and mute incoming notifications. There is also a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter that consumes less power.
But Google says it's not so much about the hardware - it's what the Pixel 3 can do.
The Pixel 3 rear camera is worse on paper.
Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset (though some version of the Galaxy S9 have Samsung's own Exynos 9810) and come with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel 2 devices are well acclaimed for best image capturing capabilities.
Pixel-series isn't Google's first hardware. The device includes double front-facing speakers, supposed to output really good sound. One has a 97-degree FOV for group selfies, and the other has a narrower FOV but faster f/1.8 aperture for better low-light performance. And there's the customary switch on the reverse to disable the microphone. If you're looking for something a bit sturdier, there are also third-party keyboard options like the $159 Brydge G-Type keyboard. We know an very bad lot about the new models, particularly what they look like and the cameras. It will be available later as an update. In addition to tweaking the depth of field, you can even select a different focus point after the photo is captured.
The Slate is available in the United States, the U.K. and Canada.