Verizon retains exclusive on Google's Pixel 3

Doris Richards
October 10, 2018

But Google says it's not so much about the hardware - it's what the Pixel 3 can do.

Despite initial rumours and leaks at the beginning of the year suggesting Google is working on a Pixel Watch, it's now looking unlikely that we'll see it at today's event. The 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL is now available only in 64GB at the Google Store, priced at $899 or 24 monthly payments of $37.46.

Best Buy is a massive retailer partner to have on board for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but unfortunately, the partnership is only to sell the phones as "Verizon" devices. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch full-HD+ display with a resolution of 1080x2160 pixels. This can be accessed with a swipe down from the top of screen and brings up a dashboard that maps out your entire smart home, giving you a visual overview of all your connected devices. The Google Pixel 2 XL is available in a black and white shade or just black, while the Google Pixel 3 XL is available in black, white or a sand shade (called "Not Pink").

There's no 3.5mm in or out, but the Home Hub has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and it works either as a Bluetooth speaker or as a "casting" target from Android phones. It also has a marginally different aspect ratio, coming in at 18.5:9 to the Pixel 2 XL's 18:9.

Google's new tablet comes just a week after Microsoft (msft) announced the Surface Pro 6, which has a 13.5-hour battery life and 12.3-inch touch display for all of its models.

Google will, of course, also use its Home Hub to try to make money from you: by storing all your requests for information, news, music, video, travel, etc, to your profile and then neatly package it all up for advertisers. That's unsurprisingly an upgrade on the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset in the Google Pixel 2 XL - though that phone also has 4GB of RAM. Storage also tops out at the same amount, namely 128GB. If you feel the need to jot something down, the Pixel Slate also works with the Chromebook Pen ($99).

We knew today would be awkward, considering all of the previous leaks, but Google made Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL official this morning. The Chrome operating system has been optimized for the device's touchscreen, with Wuellner adding that "it's your own personal Google, right at your fingertips". However, its the software features that make this stand out from other compatible Qi chargers.

With Live Albums, you just select the people or pets you want to see and Google Photos will automatically create a new album with all the photos you've ever taken of them. The switch to glass has led Google to include support for wireless charging.

Limited adoption has reflected Google's hesitancy to go as wide and big in distributing and marketing the Pixel as Apple, which launched its last two iPhone line-ups in about 50 countries. "You can decide whether to pick up, send a quick reply, or mark the call as spam".

You'll have to pay $899/£869 to get your hands on a 64GB Google Pixel 3 XL, with prices rising to $999/£969 for the 128GB version, but the good news is you can pre-order it already, with the phone hitting USA stores on October 18, and arriving in the United Kingdom and Australia on November 1. The Pixel 3 will cost Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant. Users will be able to take advantage of the sought-after bokeh effect, and the front-facing camera has been optimized for video chatting with a wide-angle lens and larger pixels. I never bottomed out as the keys popped right back up as soon as I pressed them.

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