Google unveils Pixel 3 smartphones, new tablet and Home Hub

Justin Sullivan  Getty Images Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Justin Sullivan Getty Images Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Yesterday Google unveiled its newest roster of devices, including an updated Pixel phone, a high-end tablet and an IoT hub.

While the announcements are now complete and many journalists are getting their hands on the units revealed, Google has also posted several product videos about the newly announced devices on its YouTube page. And while most Google fans are fixated on the also-about-to-be-announced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Android phones, the Pixel Slate is a much bigger deal. Both the phones have a 5 inch and 3 inch increase in the size of the screens compared to their predecessors the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. Last year's edition was sold exclusively through Singtel, and only the Pixel 2 XL was brought in. The new Pixels will turn into a smart speaker and smart display powered by the Google Assistant, a photo frame and a control panel for your smart home when connected with the Pixel Stand.

Diagonal Pixel 3 is 5.5 inches, Pixel 3 XL - 6.3 inch. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will cost 799 and $ 899, respectively.

Like any Google Home speaker, you can interact with the Home Hub using a variety of voice commands. When placed into the wireless charging stand, the Pixel's UI changes to become readable from a distance. However, it's not clear if it'll be limited to Pixel 3 or pushed to all Pixel phones.

Some of the connectivity options on the Pixel Slate include two USB-C ports, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, keyboard connecting pins, Bluetooth v4.2, and more.

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The Pixel 3 is a better-looking phone, in my opinion. Both devices can be connected to the Slate via Bluetooth.

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. Meanwhile, Samsung and LG remain among the few phonemakers that still offer a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in their phones, obviating the need for such dongles.

"We want to give people choices", says Ivy Ross, Google's VP of Hardware Design.

Pixel Slate comes with a detachable keyboard, as well as a stylus. And, of course, Google is using AI to do other fancy things like screen incoming calls and provide a transcript on the screen in real time.

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