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Google’s new Pixel 3 Smartphones
October 10, 2018

In a bid to out-do Apple’s iPhone XS and Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Google just unveiled their new Pixel 3 smartphones – the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL.

Artificial-intelligence featured heavily in the design, with an increasing number of AI-driven features appearing across all aspects of the phone; from the camera to battery life and device control.

Image courtesy of Google


What’s new?

  • Bigger screens: the Pixel 3 at 5.5″ and the Pixel 3 XL at 6.3″.
  • Available in black, white and pink.
  •  IP68 water resistance.
  • 10W wireless charging
  • Dual selfie cameras on the front (includes a wide angle lens to enable wide-angle group selfies and zooming).
  • Rear camera remains a solo 12-megapixel, but now includes several AI-powered features (see below).
  • Pixel 3 will cost from £739 and the Pixel 3 XL from £869.


Additional camera features

Top Shot – this shoots lots of HDR+ shots before and after you hit the shutter button. It then suggest s superior shot from the batch, using on-device machine learning to detect things such as hair covering the face or unintentional blinking.

Super Res Zoom – this uses a computational photography technique to shoot lots of images at slightly different angles and blends them together to add detail to the image as you zoom in.

Night Sight – this will capture natural-looking photos in the dark without a flash, and will roll out as a software update later in the year.


And there’s more…

Pixel Stand – a new wireless charging accessory, which will change your smartphone into a Google Assistant smart display.

Sunrise mode – fills the room with warming colours immediately before the alarm goes off, for a more natural wake-up.


Pixel Slate

Image courtesy of Google

Google also unveiled a new Chrome OS tablet called the Pixel Slate.

  • High-res display (with 239 PPI)
  • Dual front-facing speakers
  • Finger-print scanner in the power button
  • Can be paired with the Pixel Slate keyboard to create a ‘full desktop experience.’
  • Launches in the US later this year and will cost $599 (with the keyboard costing $199 and the stylus $99).


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