Showing off some new products that will improve your daily life
After weeks upon weeks of leaks and so on, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were shown off, along with a few more additions to the Google family with Google Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub and the Google Pixel Stand.
Starting off with the Pixel Slate, it is basically a beefed up tablet that runs on Chrome OS, just like everyone’s beloved Chromebooks. The Slate is packed with different configurations ranging from an Intel Celeron Processor to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor on the Slate, along with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It is also fitted with a large 12.3-inch Molecular Display along with dual front firing speakers. You can also spot a front camera and a rear camera on the Slate, allowing you to take video calls with its front 8-megapixel camera dubbed the Duo Cam, and an 8-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.28 aperture for all your other photo taking needs. The Slate Keyboard and Pixelbook Pen can be purchased separately.
Next up, we have the Google Home Hub, the latest addition to the Google Home family. Instead of just a speaker, the Home Hub is packaged with a 7-inch LCD touchscreen along with a hefty full range speaker with a 2 mic array. The Hub is not equipped with any cameras so you can safely have it around your bedroom for the sake of privacy according to Google, but with Google Assistant, audio might still be recorded but can be removed in the Settings. The display of the Home Hub will also detect lighting in the room and adjust accordingly. Just like the speakers, you can interact with the Hub by just speaking to it. It can show you your daily routine and tasks in the morning and of course you can personalise it to your liking. You can also configure the Home Hub to work with Nest Hello so you can check who is at your doorstep without moving.
Last but not least, the star of the show that everyone has been waiting for, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Most of the leaked footage are true, and the Pixel 3 XL does indeed come with a large notch along with a large chin as well. For as much as Google made fun of Apple for what they did firstly with the headphone jack and now the notch and they followed suit with both, Google is just playing catch up to Apple at this point. But nevertheless, the specs of both phones are still fairly impressive and no doubt, the cameras will still be a beast.
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Battery wise, it is packaged with a 2,915 mAh battery and 3,430 mAh battery respectively for the 3 and 3 XL. Both devices are also dressed with a glass back, meaning that wireless charging is now possible on the devices. Display-wise, the 3 comes with just a 5.5-inch FHD+ OLED display while the 3 XL will have a 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED display with a notch on top.
The cameras are the same on both devices, coming with a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture along with optical and electronic image stabilisation. You can also record 4K videos at 30fps with the rear camera. You can also spot a dual front camera setup of 8-megapixel wide-angle + 8-megapixel normal FoV cameras on the front of the device. The phones will come in three colour variations in Clearly White with a Mint power button, Just Black with a Black power button and Not Pink with an Orange power button. The Pixel Stand is an added accessory to the Pixel 3 as it is a wireless charger with a tilted stand and allows for easy access to Google Assistant.
As for us Malaysians, the devices might not even land locally, so if you wish to purchase it, you will have to get them overseas or from our neighbour country, Singapore.