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

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Google poised to unveil new Pixel phones, other services

The firm estimates that Google will grab half the market by 2025 with an overall installed base of 150 million units.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are available for pre-order now from Verizon, Project Fi, and the Google Store unlocked.

Despite Amazon's dominance in the category, analysts are bullish on Google's long-term prospects for smart speakers. When you dock your phone you can control it with Google Assistant and it acts as a bedside Google Home Hub of sorts with a smaller screen. It can also bring up contextual info like commute times.

Google launched its line of high-end phones two years ago to better compete against Apple, Samsung and other device makers. Google says it wanted to make this a device people were comfortable putting in all areas of the home. The keyboard will be an additional £189/$199 and the pen will be £79/$99.

Titan takes on new relevance both in light of the Google+ vulnerability, but also Bloomberg's report that hackers are infiltrating big tech companies at the chip level.

The image appeared to echo claims the device will run Google's Chrome OS software with a familiar user interface shown.

The matrix is clearly borrowed from Android, Google's mobile operating system.

Customers buying the new Chromecast will get an optional ethernet adapter with the device. It also has front-firing stereo speakers and 8-megapixel front and rear facing cameras. There is HDMI through which it connects to a TV and a microUSB port is there for charging. Storage is 32, 64, 128, or 256GB. In some other European countries, it is a bit more expensive. The price is also more in-line with a high-end computer than an iPad.

It works with Google's Assistant and hardware. But as stated on Google's freshly updated support page, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are guaranteed to get Android updates through October 2021. There were rumors of a secret third phone, but of course, that was nonsense.

On the front side, both phones have bigger displays - the Pixel 3 now has an 18:9 screen but maintains a similar size to its predecessor while the XL grows its display by 0.3-inches and includes a notch.

Google has chosen the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor for its new flagships and the RAM has been kept at 4GB with the internal storage being released in 2 variants, 64GB and 128GB on both the models and no scope for a microSD card. The wide-angle camera provides a field of view of 97 degrees.

Google knows a lot about you, including, apparently, how much you hate answering the phone. The 128GB Pixel 3 XL, meanwhile, will sell for €1,059 ($1,215) in France. It's a huge notch in this case to make room for the dual cameras. I never bottomed out as the keys popped right back up as soon as I pressed them. The display has a resolution of 2960×1440, and it's also OLED.

The Pixel 3 smartphones come with exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work in real-time on URLs, emails, phone numbers, addresses, and QR codes. The Pixel 3 will start at $799 and the Pixel 3 XL will start at $899.

The Google Pixel 3 XL is an excellent Android smartphone with a focus on software while the Galaxy Note 9 offers compelling hardware and software experiences.

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