Google Pixel Slate release - Google could announce huge iPad rival TODAY

After all the leaks, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL are ... exactly like the leaks.

The Pixel 3 faces continued limited sales in the United States since Google again signed an exclusive distribution deal with wireless carrier Verizon Communications Inc that means the device will get little marketing from other carriers.

The Pixel 3 XL offers new features such as Top Shot, which is an AI-enhanced burst-shot mode.

The Hub automatically shows images from your Google Photos library or that have been shared with you, and can also bring up photos you request with your voice.

Executives even lined up photos taken with Apple's new iPhone XS with ones shot on the Pixel 3 to bolster Google's claims that it's got the best phone camera on the market. There are also stereo front-facing speakers and an extra front-facing camera on both devices.

The Google Pixel 3 XL is priced at $899 for 64GB and $999 for 128GB while the Note 9 128GB is priced at $1099. The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch OLED display (bigger than last year's), while the Pixel 3 XL comes equipped with a 6.3-inch OLED display (and a notch that's increased somewhat in size). If you feel the need to jot something down, the Pixel Slate also works with the Chromebook Pen ($99). Photo by Alex Coop. And it is pushing its cable-cutting YouTubeTV service, which costs $40 a month but which you now get for free for six months when you buy a Hub (a value that is more than the actual cost of the device). The Pixel 3 XL starts at $1,129 CAD for the 64GB and $1,259 for the 128GB. Pixel Slate will go on sale in the USA and Canada later this year, Google said. The rear is still divided into matte and glass portions, although the matte part of the phone is much smoother than before.

Google's major event was today and there was a lot to talk about, but the most exciting thing is Google's new smartphone duo. It runs Chrome OS on a device with a 12.3-inch display. The Pixel Slate goes on sale in the U.S. soon and will be available with Intel Core m3, i5 or Celeron processors, along with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of memory. The camera also has a larger sensor for better low-light pics.

"It also turns into a slim protective case when you're done with it", said Wuellner. It's still powered by a micro USB connection, so there is no Type-C just yet. The power button has a fingerprint scanner as well.

However, not included with the tablet is the separately sold $199 Pixel Slate Keyboard. There is no microSD card slot, nor is there a headphone jack, but the Pixels now have wireless Qi charging and they're IP68-rated for water resistance.

The Slate appears to function perfectly well without the keyboard, but after a few minutes with the detachable keyboard, navigating the UI became a significantly better experience. And while the Google Home Hub has a clear advantage with the particular Google-owned services like Youtube and Google Photos integrated into it, naturally this works the other way. Instead, if the pre-recorded video on stage is any guide, you'll have the option to respond only with the phrases that Google thinks are appropriate (much like Gmail smart replies).

What's most interesting perhaps is the absence of a camera. That's similar to Amazon's Echo Show and a new Facebook device called Portal.

Lenovo and JBL aren't the only companies making smart displays with the Google Assistant. The company's stagnant Google+ social network exposed personal data of up to 500,000 users, though the company says it has patched the flaw and found no evidence of misuse. The pen is the same Pixelbook Pen from previous year, and it'll still hit your wallet for a cool $99, while the keyboard is new and runs $199.

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