Google unveils Pixel 3 and Pixel XL

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL REVEALED: UK release, price and specs detailed

Verizon Wireless will remain the exclusive carrier for Google's new Pixels, which were unveiled at a media event in NY today.

Google demos the new Google Pixel 3 XL during a pre-launch preview at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 26, 2018.

But what about this years?

While the phones haven't become mass-market hits, Google has seen more success with its home products. It also has all the usual bells and whistles for a phone, including Bluetooth, USB Type-C and Wi-Fi etc. It underpins features like Group Selfie, which offers 184 percent more room in the frame than iPhone XS selfies, according to Google, to get more people and scenery in the shot.

As you may have gathered, there are two Pixel 3 devices launching this year.

With the dock, the Pixel 3 can be your alarm clock, but it can be quiet when you want it to. Both phones feature a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and either 64 or 128GB of storage. On the glass back, there's a fingerprint reader and one camera; on the front, there's a notch in the screen to hide its front-facing cameras. Utilising Google's imaging AI, Night Sight automatically colours and balances a photo to what it should look like. The phone has a custom chip created to make photos look better, Google said. I've never wanted an iPad or a Windows tablet, and I've always preferred the purity and first-in-line-for-operating-system-upgrades you get with a Google branded product. Although the Home Hub isn't technically meant to be used as a speaker like the regular Google Home, the speaker on the device should still be decent for things like watching videos on YouTube, and video calls. The company is bringing a similar experience to your phone with the redesigned Google Home app. We're glad to have it back though.

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The new generation Pixel smartphone supports wireless charging but you would need to purchase a separately sold wireless charger.

The Pixel 3 does have a few things going for it, however. But today at Google's yearly hardware event, the company took a slightly different tack. It also has the ability to host a split screen, and is equipped with Google Assistant.

Pricing for the Pixel 3 phone starts at $799 and the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899, significantly cheaper than Apple's high-end iPhones, which start at $999 and $1,099 for the Xs and Xs Max, respectively. Google is close to that price tag, but just barely.

It's thanks to these smart additions that we're likely to have another absolute fantastic Pixel smartphone on our hands and hopefully one that isn't besieged with issues like last year's Pixel 2 XL.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL launch in the United Kingdom on 1 November and preorders are open now on the Google Store.

Plenty of details about the new smartphones have appeared online, although Google has sought to poke fun at the rumours.

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