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Google Pixel 3 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 first look

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9 first look

Google showed off a pair of new Pixel phones, a tablet computer and a speaker with a screen in a deluge of new products aimed at competing with the latest gadgets from big technology rivals. In a simultaneous launch across Paris, London, Tokyo and Singapore, it showcased an upgraded Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with revamped cameras, design, processor. Increasingly, it seems likely that whatever company gets an initial foothold in your home, that will drive future purchasing decisions. Let's take our first hands-on look.

So what's new with the Pixel 3 XL?

And the keyboard can be folded on the new tablet to protect its screen. Colors are Clearly White, Just Black, and Not Pink. Despite similar functionality, Google's products are priced below the competition: the smaller model with a 5.5-inch screen starts at US$799, while the larger model with a 6.3-inch screen is priced starting at US$899. "I don't know why anyone would migrate or update from a Pixel 2 to a Pixel 3".

You can count on even more help across other apps too, including Gmail's Smart Compose, now available for mobile on Pixel 3. "You can decide whether to pick up, send a quick reply, or mark the call as spam". Screen Call will allow Google Assistant to answer the phone for you, warning the caller of what it is and offering to send a transcript to you. "Go ahead and say your name, and why you are calling".

For whatever reason, Verizon is once again the only major US carrier who will sell the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. While Google's phones have some compelling features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still the better phone for the enterprise. You'll also receive your morning briefing once you're up!

If there is a smartphone that generates the maximum buzz about its cameras then it's Google Pixel.

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Performance and Battery It's no surprise you're getting top-tier hardware like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 paired with four gigs of RAM on the Pixel 3 and Pxiel 3 XL, but two new pieces of silicon have made their debut. First is Pixel Visual Core which is used to compute highly-optimized photo capture. But once you throw in the accessories, the Slate becomes a bit more pricey. Next is the Titan M security module, which takes care of on-device encryption among other security processes. Deeper tests will show us more, but early impressions of the Pixel 3's software stability and fluidity are as good as ever.

Swipe up from the bottom edge and you'll see Google Suggestions - it's intelligent enough to suggest apps that you might be looking for as soon as you swipe up to engage it.

Perhaps critically, it does not contain a camera: something that Google explicitly noted was so that people feel comfortable taking it with them into private places - like on your bedside table. Third-party manufacturers like Lenovo and JBL already make their own versions, complete with integrated camera for video calls.

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.

Adding a Facebook Portal to your home means trusting Facebook with even more of your personal data, and putting it in the hands of a company that has gone through multiple data breaches that have compromised user privacy and trust on multiple occasions.

It works with Google's Assistant and hardware. The feature combines multiple exposures to create low-light photos with less noise and more detail.

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