Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Google Pixel 3 and 3XL launched, price begins at Rs. 71000

Google Pixel 3 and 3XL launched, price begins at Rs. 71000

There have been a couple of big announcements, so in case you missed them, here's a quick recap of everything released today. Among these, Google's smart display - the Google Home Hub. It is priced at a pretty reasonable $149. Also Home Hub can control smart home devices, turn on/off lights, control the temperature in the room to open the door. Keeping the digital security conscious users in mind, Google announced the Titan M, a custom-made, built-in security chip on the Pixel 3. There's also a physical mute switch at the back you can flip to prevent Home Hub from listening.

The Google Pixel Slate is the firm's first Chrome OS tablet.

Google uses the phones to highlight what it considers to be best features of its Android operating system, while challenging Apple and Samsung with a device tailored for affluent consumers. It also only comes in one color-Midnight Blue. The Pixel Stand will be $80 United States dollars, and the Google Home Hub will cost $149 USD with pre-orders beginning October 16. The keyboard is backlit with rounded keys and connects to the Pixel Slate via a smart connector at the bottom of the device.

The product starts at $599 and will be available later this year. It is going to supported and powered by an 8th gen Intel Core M3, Core i5, i7 or Celeron processors coupled with the RAM of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.

You can join the waitlist for the Pixel Slate on the Google Store here. The new Chromecast looks much like the previous one with the circular-shaped dongle and a connecting cable. It's still a $35 dongle. However, it was unable to engineer a notch into the design because of constraints caused by the narrower hardware which didn't simultaneously allow for a notched display as well as a speaker and cameras. The feature will be rolled out later this year.

As expected, Google's Tuesday hardware announcement event came with a few announcements of software- and AI-driven features and products.

Google claims that its AI-enabled camera modes will make the photography experience even better. The first-generation Pixel and the Pixel XL raised the boundaries for Android smartphone pricing in India. The 128GB models are at 100 U.S. dollars extra for each of the phones which have Snapdragon 845 and a RAM limited to only 4GB. Both devices can be connected to the Slate via Bluetooth. The Pixel 3 XL will be available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model.

The device features a gorgeous 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 3000×2000 pixels - producing up to 6 million pixels, Type-C ports, and no headphone jack. However, both the phones are rated now at IP68 versus the IP67 of the Pixel 2.

The company also brings HomeView, Home App and Live Albums that automatically updates every time a user captures new image.

The Pixel Stand is a wireless charger to power up your phone. Alongside the new smartphones, the Pixel Slate, Pixel Stand and the Google Home Hub were also launched. The Pixel 3 has the advantage on paper, but the Galaxy S9 camera is not a pushover.

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