Google announces Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel Stand is a smart but expensive wireless charger for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Google Pixel Stand is a smart but expensive wireless charger for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Google also launched a $79 Pixel Stand, which will let you charge your Pixel 3 wirelessly, and can also turn it into a smart display. The graph below lists four of the Pixel 3 XL's main rivals, all running the 845 chipset. They're both available with 64 or 128GB of storage.

Pixel 3 now starts at $799 ($150 more than last year) while the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 ($50 more than last year).

The Pixel 3 might struggle more than the Pixel 3 XL to make its case: both offer similar specs and capabilities, but with big displays being the more popular - and potentially giving the impression of better value for money - we expect the 3 XL to be more popular. Even if Google wants to give this level of security to the masses, the problem is that people don't want to make the effort to secure themselves: In January, at the Usenix Enigma security conference, a Google engineer told attendees that only 10% of Gmail users use two-factor authentication to make life harder for hackers. But the experience itself isn't the only thing that's so great about Android on Google's new Pixel phones.

The Pixel Slate was the other highlight of Google's launch event.

The key aim of this, as you might expect from the "Hub" part of it's name, is to serve as a focal point for other devices in your house. It's available in up to 256GB of storage and starts at $US599 ($846).

Both products' releases might be too close to think of any really sudden price drops this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but if there is that may be a enough to sway you either way.

Lenovo and JBL aren't the only companies making smart displays with the Google Assistant. Third-party manufacturers like Lenovo and JBL already make their own versions, complete with integrated camera for video calls. The device is modelled to match the existing family of Google Home devices. It features an Ambient EQ mode, which dims the screensaver depending on the time of day so that it's never blaring in your face. So if you were thinking about picking up a Home Hub, here's one more reason to.

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Happily, this device is now available for pre-order in Australia. It comes in three colors-Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua, and Sand.

Internet connections with the Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet are driven by dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac protocols in a 2 x 2 MIMO configuration. The company spent plenty of time during its press conference in New York City on Tuesday detailing the many exciting new software features packed into its new phones, but Google obviously didn't have time to cover everything during its 90 minute presentation.

"If you have a Google tattoo on you, then these are the phones for you", IDC analyst Ramon Llamas said of the Pixel's limited appeal so far.

The Google Home Hub is the other device to have figured in the NY event.

There's also a lot of neat software exclusive to the Pixel 3 like Top Shot, Night Sight, Super-Res Zoom, and more. It will also display images from your Google Photos account for your screensaver (so keep it clean, you), using a machine learning algorithm to only pick out the largest and sharpest images, or to collate all the photos that include a certain face or person.

At the beginning of the year, the Google Pixel Watch seemed like a dead cert. To create a live album, select "Automatically add photos of People & Pets" option while creating it, and add people to it. The album updates with each relevant file uploaded from your camera roll. The new phones' camera can also be used to search for items online by simply taking a picture of them. Adding those differences up, the full Surface Pro 6 package should be $170 cheaper than a Pixel Slate + keyboard combo.

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