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Google Pixel 3 initial review

Google Pixel 3 initial review”

"One of the most exciting stories we have this year is how much machine learning and AI we put into the product", Seang Chau, vice president of Pixel software, told Fast Company.

Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday unveiled the third edition of its Pixel smartphone, a Google Home smart speaker with a display and its first tablet computer as it makes a come-from-behind push into hardware. That's impossible to gauge at this stage, though.

Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to IDC.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now up for pre-order and will be released in Australia on November 1 in White, Black and a new colour called "Not Pink". The biggest change is that the phone has a larger, 6.3in display, matching the OnePlus 6 for size.

Google Home Hub is Google Assistant with a face, and is described by Google's vice-president of product management, Diya Jolly, as a something that creates a more "helpful, thoughtful home". It is super impressive and basically lets you tap on something while looking at the camera and it will give you information about what you are looking at. The fingerprint reader still resides in the centre of the rear of the device, though. The display has a resolution of 2960×1440, and it's also OLED. Financial analysts said it is hard to evaluate Google's hardware business as it is overshadowed by profits from search ads. Over in France, where Google will also hold a local Pixel launch event on Tuesday, a local retailer did the same thing, revealing in the process the purported release date for the two phones.

Under the hood, both the devices are packed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC that comes mated to a 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB ROM (Non-expandable). I'd expect the Pixel 3 XL to achieve results to within 5% of the numbers in the graph below. However, the frosted design of the part that is metal on the Pixel 2 duo fools you into thinking it isn't glass. That's significantly short of the capacity we're seeing in other flagship smartphones, and the fact it now supports wireless charging is no compensation. Yay, you might shout, but instead the Pixel 3 has a rather retro look, retaining a forehead and chin that you might have expected to be designed away. Its wide-angled camera allows selfies with 184 percent more scene content than the iPhone XS, according to Google.

Another concern is that Google made no reference at all to improvements to its HDR+ algorithm. Google debuted some new features like Top Shot which essentially continually takes photos while you are taking a selfie, from 1.5 seconds before to 1.5 seconds after snapping the photo. It will also warn you if someone blinked or if the shot is otherwise poor.

Everybody knows that no matter what Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and his antisocial network says ("Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls"), the Portal will be used to gather and sell your personal data. The tablet features 8MP cameras at both the ends which also supports Portrait mode. Google Duplex, the AI feature that can make calls to restaurants and hair salons for you, launches next month.



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