Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL sucks

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL sucks

Google has revealed its third flagship Pixel smartphones at an event in NY alongside a new tablet and smart home products.

A guest photographs the new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones during a Google product release event, Oct 9, 2018 in New York City.

Google has officially unveiled the massively leaked Pixel 3, alongside the Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub. Both the phones have a 5 inch and 3 inch increase in the size of the screens compared to their predecessors the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. The design is similar to last year's phone. The 12-3-inch Molecular Display offers incredible picture quality according to Google and its dual stereo front-facing speakers should produce quite a bit of noise. Correct! Pixel Stand can also turn these Pixel 3 devices into digital frames which means you can display your favorite photos on your phone. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB / 6GB RAM.

Google Pixel Slate is the company's Chrome OS-based tablet and it features the stereo speakers, a USB Type-C port but there's no 3.5mm headphone jack. It'll arrive first to the US, UK, and Australia, and it'll come with six free months of YouTube Premium.

Google Pixel 3 XL Is Already Selling In Hong Kong Before Launch
While we know mostly everything about the main Pixel 3 phones, perhaps the surprise new announcement could be the Pixel Mini. The smart display will add to Google's current lineup of smart speakers that includes the Google Home Mini and Home Max.

The Pixel Stand is a Qi-compliant wireless charging dock for the new Pixel smartphones.

The Google Home Hub adds a smart screen to your smart home.

Competitive advantage: Google hopes that machine intelligence can help make Pixel stand out. Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to the research firm International Data Corp. At least if you have any strong feelings for or against notches and want a Google Pixel 3, you still have a choice.

According to Daniel Bader from Android Central, Google's product designers were keen on adding a notch to the smaller Pixel 3 as well, because customers want more screen real estate and a notch is now considered the best way to achieve it. They also include an "accessory connector for Pixel Slate Keyboard". Both devices can be connected to the Slate via Bluetooth. The Pixel Slate comes with support for active stylus enabling users to use inking features. Google hasn't yet discussed prices for its Pixel phones. If not, you can pick up the call or send a message like "I'll call you later". If accurate, that's when the Pixel 3 should be available in stores across the world.

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