Google's Pixel Slate Wants to Replace Your Laptop

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Jason and I are both receiving Google Pixel 3 devices today for further hands-on testing, but after reading the hands-on reports from those in attendance at the Google event yesterday it is clear these are valid reasons to choose the Galaxy Note 9 over the Google Pixel 3 XL. The units starts at $599 and can get as pricey as $1,599.

The Pixel joins LG's V40 in sporting a second front lens to fit more people into selfies. It will also be available on Google's Project Fi network. Google's custom wireless charging stand for the phones is another $80.

The new Top Shot feature uses machine learning to make sure that you snap a flawless picture, too.

Like the new iPhone XS and XS Max, the new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL allow you to adjust the blurriness of the background after shooting Portrait Mode photos.

Second, Pixel users in the U.S. will be the first to get access to an experimental new Google Assistant feature, powered by Duplex technology, which helps you complete real-world tasks over the phone, like calling a restaurant to book a table. A real-time transcript of the conversation will display on your screen. We can't wait to see how it measures up against other cameras and as a standalone phone camera. However, both the phones are rated now at IP68 versus the IP67 of the Pixel 2.

The new phones will be available to pre-order from Thursday 11th October and will go on sale in the United Kingdom on Thursday 1st November. With prices starting from $799, the Pixel 3 phones is offered in 3 colours - Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink.

In the U.S., Google also rolled out Home Hub, which couples a small display screen with an internet-connected speaker. Once active, instead of personally calling restaurants that don't have an online reservation system, Google Assistant can make the calls for users. The Google Home Hub will cost $149 when it goes on sale on October 22nd.

If Google was aiming for a premium look and feel for its new Chrome OS tablet, first impressions are it's job done.

Google's positioned a pair of 2W front-firing speakers on the front of the Slate - when it's held in landscape they're positioned at either end.

The Slate has a custom "molecular display", which is an LCD with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 and 400 nits of brightness. The company has completely changed the formula this time around and we have Intel processors driving Chrome OS, rather than ARM-powered Android. A new nightlight feature will also reduce blue light during the evening. There is also an optional backlit keyboard accessory, along with a stylus.

The new model, available now, is $30 and £30 if bought separately. During the event Google even discussed how Conde Nast was using Pixels to take professional photos for their magazines, which means they really are just that good, and there are several cool new features to talk about. There's a change in logo, but the important thing is that Google says the new version is 15% faster with added support for 60fps 1080p video. There's still no 4K support, so the updated device remains $35.