Pixel 3 and 3 XL launch: any surprises are on the inside

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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. We know that the Qualcomm chipset is quick and, to date, we've seen little variation in terms of performance when it comes to other handsets running it. Gboard, the keyboard built into your Pixel 3, will recommend GIFs, stickers, and more, to make your conversations fun and engaging. Google's Super Res Zoom claims to use a technique taken from astronomy in which a burst of photos with slight variations based on the movement of your hand are analysed by an algorithm.

Speaker's words: "With Pixel Slate, sitting back to enjoy a movie is better than ever". It's mostly flat, with rounded corners and a sturdy metal construction.

The iPhone also features Google's search engine, but Google may be paying Apple as much as $9 billion annually for that privilege, based on the estimates of Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall. The original launched in 2013 for $1299 and its successor for $999. The improved Chrome OS interface shows that Google is ready to close the gap with Windows, by creating an experience that's well, a lot like Windows.

The bezels are fairly thin (for a tablet anyway), but still big enough for dual front-facing speakers and for resting your thumbs. There is no headphone jack and no room for expandable 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.

The Pixel 3 packs in a host of new ideas about how AI can change the phone experience - from the practical to the pretty out-there. There's the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 and a 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL. Google calls it a Molecular display, which is just a fancy way of saying it's very sharp and vibrant. But this new feature goes further, letting you get more information before you pick up a call from a questionable number.

The Pixel 3 features a new Group Selfie Cam, which the company said captures "184 percent more of the scene than iPhone XS" and also has a portrait mode.

It works with Google's Assistant and hardware. There are also lofty photography ...

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Google's updated tablet, the Pixel Slate, was introduced as a "great device for cord-cutters" and comes with three months of YouTube TV for free. Using your voice, you can ask the Home Hub just about anything you could type into Google. While we have talked about the Pixel 3 first impressions in a separate piece, now we will be talking about the Pixel 3XL.

When comparing displays, it's important to get the brass tacks out of the way first: the 12.9-inch iPad Pro display is one of Apple's True Tone displays with ProMotion technology for easier viewing.

The keyboard does not need to be paired over Bluetooth and draws its power from the tablet itself. As someone who religiously uses mechanical keyboards I felt personally attacked by that part of the keynote, but that's a conversation for another time. The keyboard is also backlit, which means it won't be rendered useless when typing in the dark.

In turn, Google hosted 10 unveiling events across the world on Tuesday, including in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore, spokesman Kay Oberbeck said.

You can count on even more help across other apps too, including Gmail's Smart Compose, now available for mobile on Pixel 3. The new Surface Pro costs $899 for the cheapest model that has 8 GB of memory, an Intel Core i5 processor, and 128 GB of storage. Yes, the Pixel Slate Keyboard supports multiple angles, but those can be a bit flimsy. Without at least one of these accessories, you won't get the most out of the Pixel Slate.

Since the device is made by Google, it's running Google's operating system: Chrome OS.

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