Hands-On With Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate And Google Home Hub

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Google announced three new hardware products yesterday in New York City. While all have been leaked in the days and weeks leading up to the event, the devices were still impressive to behold, as we got hands-on time with the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate and Google Home Hub.

Starting off with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, these Android Pie smartphones have 5.5- and 6.3-inch displays respectively and are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processors paired with 4GB of RAM. The phones are available in 64GB or 128GB storage configurations, and a single 12.2MP rear camera (which is augmented by Google’s excellent Pixel Visual Core) is joined on the frontside by dual selfie cameras. Prices for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL start at $799 and $899 respectively.

Moving on to the Pixel Slate, this is a 12.3-inch “Molecular Display” Chrome OS tablet that is powered by Intel processors (Celeron on entry-level models, which grow in potency to 8thgeneration Core m3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors depending on how much you’re willing to pay). The Pixel Slate starts at $599 for a Celeron processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. The range topping model with a Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB storage rings in at $1,599. You can also add the optional Pixel Slate Keyboard for $199 or the Pixelbook Pen for $99.

Finally, there’s the Google Home Hub, which gives the Google Assistant a face. The device comes with a 7-inch touch display and serves as the “hub” for your smart home. Unlike other similar devices, the Google Home Hub doesn’t have a camera, so score one for those concerned about an always-connected digital appliance spying on everything that goes on in your house.




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