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

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"The magic of this phone is on the inside", said Google senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh, in an interview.

From left - the Google HomeHub, Pixel Slate tablet and Pixel 3 phone. Full-blown Linux apps - after all, Android and Chrome OS are rooted in Linux - can be brought into play in addition to items from the Google Play Store. It also allows for better productivity, while still giving you access to Google's entire library of Android apps.

The detachable keyboard accessory features circular keys and a touchpad. The entire back is flat and smooth, and the edges are just rounded metal save for a couple spots used for antennas. The Pixel 3 design easily lags behind Samsung's. Google's focus seems to be largely on software an AI improvements, and while they'll surely help, the phones have to compete with other flagships, like the Galaxy S9.

Along the top of the Slate, you'll find the silver power button that's pulling double-duty as the fingerprint reader.

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For people accustomed to using PCs for tasks like web browsing the Chrome OS makes it possible to do things like switching through multiple tabs within a browser and having several windows overlap each other. We have seen both the smartphones in leaked renders and we have also come across their specifications. The device is impressively thin, giving it a sleek appearance, albeit at the expense of losing the headphone jack which some may not like. That display is surrounded by decent-sized bezels to promote holding it as a tablet, and also to make room for a pair of front-firing speakers. On the inside, Google's device is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 640 graphics, a Pixel Visual Core image processing chip and Google's Titan M security module.

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All of the Pixel Slate models have a 12.3-inch touch-screen display with a 3000 x 2000 resolution. Both Lenovo and JBL have released their own smart displays, but Google's is a bit different. Google calls it a Molecular display, which is just a fancy way of saying it's very sharp and vibrant.

Today Google unveiled its latest smartphones the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel 3 offers an IPX8 rating against water ingress, but the Galaxy S9 holds an IP68 rating against both water and dust. There are also lofty photography ...

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Of course, a Google device wouldn't be complete without a solid Search function. Instead, if the pre-recorded video on stage is any guide, you'll have the option to respond only with the phrases that Google thinks are appropriate (much like Gmail smart replies). One of those, like last year's Duplex, sees Google handling phone calls on your behalf.

Vokoun is hoping that Pixel Slate will be the preferred computing device for "the on-the-go-professional who wants a device to get work done, but has downtime to watch videos".

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