Hands On With the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

Google Home Hub is all about simplifying the smart home experience

Perhaps the biggest complaint about the new Google Pixel phones is their massive and unaesthetic notch, despite the notch-display ratio being smaller than top competitors.

Take advantage of the Assistant in the lock screen: After opting-in through your Assistant settings, the Assistant can respond to queries like "Hey Google, what's next on my calendar?" without unlocking your Pixel 3 each time.

October 9 marked the date for Made By Google 2018 event where Google unveiled a number of tech products including the new Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL.

Compared to that, the Pixel 2 cost $1079 upon release a year ago.

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"With Pixel 3, we should see less of the supply issues that impacted the initial sales of the Pixel 2", said Mr Mark Hung, research vice-president at market research firm Gartner. At least until we can give you a proper verdict on the Pixel 3.

"The tie-up with telcos helps to offset the upfront cost for consumers and should make Pixel phones more attractive to consumers in Singapore", she added.

One of the most exciting features on the Pixel 3 is the return of wireless charging.

In the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL no 3.5 mm headset Jack, but in the box with the phone headphones with USB connector. We'll still need to run our own benchmarks on the Pixel 3 to be sure of just how long it'll last in a working day. Tell Google Home Hub that you'd like to see pictures of a person or people and it will automatically display them as a screensaver that doubles as a digital photo frame.

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Osterloh said the new devices were created to take advantage of Google's development of artificial intelligence. Both devices have an impressing 12.2MP camera on the back of device as well as dual 8MP front cameras. Even so, the Lenovo remains a better option as it offers a much smarter display. This year, however, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been actually designed by Google and built by Foxconn. Being a good tablet without a keyboard attachment and then bringing a full desktop affair was you snap in the new Pixel Slate Keyboard that can be brought separately for it.

The Home Hub has a seven-inch screen, and can access Google visual services such as YouTube, Google Photos, Google Maps and others. The plethora of AI-based features makes it great as a camera both for social occasions and serious photography. Most likely some of the more advanced features like deoth effects and Super-Res will work on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but not the original Pixel. Its camera and the AI that drives it is a technological marvel.

For the time being, the Pixel 2 will continue to retail alongside its upgrade.

However, this comes with downsides. Of course, you can still use voice controls as well. What we do know though, is that several exciting new features or camera enhancements will arrive via software updates in the coming weeks.

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