Google Home Hub hands-on: Big AI in a small smart display

Google Home Hub hands-on: Big AI in a small smart display

Google unveiled the Pixel Slate on Tuesday morning: A tablet that also acts as a laptop, running Chrome OS.

When shooting in low-light environments, an upcoming feature called Night Sight will help you shoot natural-looking photos without the aid of a flash.

"We have taken the world's best smartphone camera and made it even better", said Google's hardware chief Rick Osterloh during the launch event at Spring Studios, echoing a shot across the bow at Cupertino, Calif. -based Apple, which recently launched its new iPhones, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max and the upcoming iPhone Xr.

The buy-one-get-one operates in the usual way for carrier deals, which is to say that you don't just give Verizon $799 in cash and get two phones.

The Pixel 3 will cost £739 SIM free and the Pixel 3 costs £869, and can be pre-ordered now, shipping on November 1st. The feature will also be coming to existing Pixel phones. And if you happen to be taking a selfie video while walking or moving around, Pixel 3 brings you front-facing video stabilisation. Likewise, Amazon just can't stop itself from trying to use its foothold in your home to get you to buy more things from its online store. It's hassle-free, you don't have to think about back-ups. The Pixel 3 XL's 2880 x 1440 OLED features a large bezel at the bottom, and notch that could be described as "chunky". No longer! Optus is getting a piece of the Pixel 3 action, and these are the plans it has on offer. Numerous new AI-powered features on Pixel, including camera features like Top Shot, Photobooth, and Lens suggestions, are processed on-device. Believe it or not, it can make calls for you, too. Here we were, expecting to learn about the latest updates to the Pixelbook, and Google throws a curveball and debuts the Pixel Slate, a 12-inch tablet.

And, importantly, you must select them yourself.

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The Pixel Slate tablet has a 6-million pixel display and was described as "a flawless device for play and work", by Trond Wuellner, Google's director of product management. If you press that screen button, the Pixel's AI will answer and start asking questions of the caller on your behalf. And with AI-powered Adaptive Battery, Pixel 3 prioritizes battery power for your most important apps to make your phone last all day. The Pixel Slate calls for $599 (about £459, AU$847) before asking for another $199 (about £152, AU$281) for the Pixel Slate Keyboard cover.

Google launched its line of high-end phones two years ago to better compete against Apple, Samsung and other device makers. "You already have a screen", Ross says. On Google's blog, the company called the Pixel 3 the "most helpful device in your life", pointing out that the Smart Assistant can answer while the phone is charging and that the camera is designed so that it "won't miss a shot".

In addition to physical design updates, the phone added a few more features that are created to work in tandem with the new Android operating system 9.0.

Both the Pixel 3 variants come with high-quality Pixel USB-C earbuds and a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter in the box.

There's also dual front-facing speakers, which teamed with Google's algorithms, should make for richer, crisper audio. This means people accustomed to opening apps and navigating their smartphones with their fingers should feel immediately comfortable with a Pixel Slate.

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