Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones

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The Pixel 3 XL proudly sports its notch, but it's notably missing from the standard-sized Pixel 3, instead having a solid black bar across the top of the phone.

That said, the lack of a Tablet mode/Laptop mode option will be less of a drawback in the new Chrome OS, which handles Tablet mode better than the current version does. There is a 12.2MP dual-pixel sensor on the rear with 1.4 μm pixel size, OIS, EIS, and f/1.8 aperture. The Pixel 3 XL is a flagship phone, though, with flagship pricing. This may not sound like anything too special, but Google tries to compensate with software gimmickry. The feature that everyone will come to welcome is Top Shot, where the AI makes photos look picture ideal by shooting a bunch of stills at once and selecting the best one from the batch. A new Super-Res Zoom feature uses computational photography to reduce the amount of noise and artifacts in the photos when zooming in on a shot.

Verizon Wireless will remain the exclusive carrier for Google's new Pixels, which were unveiled at a media event in NY today. In a simultaneous launch across Paris, London, Tokyo and Singapore, it showcased an upgraded Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with revamped cameras, design, processor.

The move into Japan pits Google against Apple Inc.'s iPhones, which make up half of the country's market share. Users will be able to use Hub as a speaker, with support for YouTube Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Pandora.

There's no learning curve for you and no extra step to get set up. And now it's directly built into the Pixel 3 camera. No matter, we have all the official details and availability info now.

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Google Pixel Slate could also come with USB-C connectivity and a 3000x2000 resolution screen. However, the latter feature won't launch until later this year. The new Pixel phones are also expected to follow the trend of expanding the phone screen almost to the edges of the device.

In addition to this, at $699 it's still more expensive than a brand new OnePlus 6 - and that kind of tells you everything you need to know. And, in the process, it gives you the opportunity to show anyone who would dare to disturb you with an actual phone call what you really think of them: Namely, that they're an annoyance. There was one feature in particular, however, that probably should have been mentioned because it's the one Pixel 3 feature that should make every Android fan want the phone.

The 2160 x 1080 OLED panel has HDR support, and the battery clocks in at 2,915mAh.

The display on Pixel 3 stands at 5.5-inch and while compared to its larger sibling, it looks slightly toned down, which is understandable.

Non-photo features and specs of the phones include Google Lens, Smart Composite in Gmail, Google Assistant (the AI can now handle real-world tasks like calling restaurants to book a table), AI call screening, wireless charging, IP68 water- and dust-resistance, Android 9 Pie, a secure custom-designed Titan M chip, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 4GB RAM, and a 2915 mAh battery.

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