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Google unveils its own Chrome OS tablet, the Pixel Slate

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Cecil Davis | 10 October, 2018, 04:58

The Pixel 3, with its 18:9 5.5-inch display feels just like the Pixel 2 in the hand, and it should: it's 68.2mm wide as compared with the Pixel 2's 70.4mm.

Other new camera features include a Photobooth mode (AI that snaps photos when it detects facial expressions), selective color mode, a Playground mode for playful photos (with stickers and captions), and super smooth video (with Motion Auto Focus and front-facing video stabilization). We've got a pair of Pixel USB-C earphones, a couple of dongles, including USB-C-to-3.5m and USB-C-to-USB-A, as well as a USB-C charging cable.

Camera-wise, the stats don't seem too impressive.

Both devices appear to have leaked significantly and have been claimed to come with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM and an improved camera system. This may not sound like anything too special, but Google tries to compensate with software gimmickry.

Although why anyone would choose to buy hardware from a pure software company, especially one that has repeatedly been found to abuse its users' private data, is absolutely beyond us.

Google is pushing the AI elements of its new phones. Google says the front-facing speakers, combined with the handsome display, is supposed to provide the best entertainment experience, and so the company is giving away 3 months of free YouTube TV with the Pixel Slate. To scan and translate text, find similar styles of clothing, or identify popular plants and animals, you can now long press in the Pixel 3 camera to easily open Lens. Come back to Google Photos later and search for the beach photos you took on your Pixel 3, and they'll pop right up.

According to MySmartprice.com the new Google Pixel Slate, which is reportedly codenamed "Nocturne", will rival Microsoft's Surface Pro lineup of convertible laptops and runs Google's Chrome OS. Smart Compose suggests phrases in your emails so that you can draft them faster, on the go. Either way, I'm looking forward to taking that free 3-month trial of YouTube Premium for a spin. Both are available first in English. And while most Google fans are fixated on the also-about-to-be-announced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Android phones, the Pixel Slate is a much bigger deal. This year we have two new Assistant features coming to Pixel.

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First, starting out in English in the US, Pixel 3's on-device AI helps you screen phone calls and avoid spam calls.

Ultimately, this means that the Google Pixel Slate display is actually sharper than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at 293 pixels per inch (ppi) and 264 ppi, respectively. It is a wireless charger that props the Pixel up so you can see the screen.

Once the caller has given their name and a message, the AI transcribes it and delivers it to you.

Unlike nearly any other phone on the market, Google has kept a single-lens camera on the back of the two Pixel phones.

However, some have insisted a more affordable model of the hardware will be made available that comes with a 7th-generation chip from Intel. The switch to glass has led Google to include support for wireless charging.

The Pixel 3 phones have larger displays than the Pixel 2 counterparts, which were launched past year. Keep in mind the Pixel 3 starts at $799, leaving just enough space for both 2017 "pure Google" phones in the (relatively) affordable flagship segment.

However, it wasn't clear if these refer to different sizes, designs, or if there will be a version with 4G and one with just Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.