The notch on the Pixel 3 XL sucks

Verizon Wireless will remain the exclusive carrier for Google's new Pixels, which were unveiled at a media event in NY today.

Of course, we should mention that Facebook has also gone on a misguided journey to try to install its all-seeing hardware into your home, launching its Portal earlier this month: a video conferencing device that works with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. The firm is also expected to launch a new tablet computer - the Pixel Slate. It's mostly flat, with rounded corners and a sturdy metal construction.

Should you decide to go with a Pixel, you can pre-order the phone right now. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The original launched in 2013 for $1299 and its successor for $999.

For people accustomed to using PCs for tasks like web browsing the Chrome OS makes it possible to do things like switching through multiple tabs within a browser and having several windows overlap each other. There are no clear winners when it comes to user trust, but it's safe to say a smart home device without a camera is less creepy than a device with a really good one. The device is impressively thin, giving it a sleek appearance, albeit at the expense of losing the headphone jack which some may not like.

The fronts of the phones now have two separate cameras: an 8MP 28mm f/1.8 (35mm equiv.) standard one and an 8MP 19mm f/2.2 (35mm equiv.) wide-angle one.

Pixel 3 is IP68 water and dust resistant and has a security chip custom-designed by Google called Titan M, making it the most secure phone the company has built yet. The notable difference, however, is in the display size and battery. A fancy way of saying it'll dim the screen in the dark, then. Because Android highlights Google services, it's key to Google's business of selling ads through its search engine and other mobile apps.

The Google Pixel 3 third generation smartphones are seen on display after a news conference in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 9, 2018. There's plenty of powerful hardware on offer here, finished off with Google's signature style. There are also lofty photography ...

The Pixel Slate will run the desktop version of Chrome OS.

It's curious timing for Google to debut a tablet, considering several analysts say the market for the devices appears to be declining.

This is where things get interesting - and, before we get into it, we're only comparing the basic Google Pixel Slate configuration against the base level iPad Pro. The tech giant released a video to social media suggesting that online bloggers who claim to know "everything about the Pixel 3" might be missing something.

The main camera has a bunch of advances, most of which I couldn't test.

The Pixel Slate Keyboard connects to the tablet simply, via magnetic port.

Like a laptop, the Pixel Slate can multitask, and has built-in virus protection.

And the keyboard can be folded on the new tablet to protect its screen. It instantly works when connected to the tablet. Neat! They also have the best software bokeh mode I've seen, definitely better than the iPhone XR's. Along with the keyboard, the Pixel Slate comes with support for the Pixelbook Pen for jotting down notes, creating drawings, or use as a laser pointer. Thankfully, come Tuesday, the Pixel 3 leaks will stop, as the phones will become official. The base model of the Pixel Slate starts at $599 which gets you an Intel Celeron processor 4 or 8GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage, respectively.

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