Google attempts to undercut Apple’s iPhone XS with cheaper Pixel 3

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Also, unlike the limelight-craving Pixel 3 and 3 XL, which have been leaked all over the internet, there have not been any leaks of the Pixel Watch's design, suggesting there aren't any out there to leak. The new Pixel 3 piggybacks on this by offering a second front-facing camera that Google says will replace the selfie-stick, and better low light photography, zoom, depth of field customization, automatic photo-booth features - photo is taken with each facial expression - and the ability to change the timing in case someone blinked.

Foremost, there's the camera, which Google says uses AI to know a good photo when it sees it. The switch to glass has led Google to include support for wireless charging.

Flip both phones over and you'll find a single rear camera, bucking the trend for dual camera smartphones that are in vogue right now. The most recent leak doing rounds on the internet a few hours ago hinted at a pink colour option to go with white and black colours. There's a notch on the top of the 3 XL, but the Pixel 3 simply adopts a similar curved cornered screen as found on the Pixel 2. Its own aspect ratio is 18.5:9.

There is a Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood of both phones but the cores are clocked at 2.5GHz and not 2.7GHz or even 2.96GHz as we have seen on other phones with the same chipset. However, Google has shown its might in AI-powered image processing, so it may still pull ahead in image quality.

Google also announced a partnership with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who will travel across the USA and shoot pictures using the Pixel 3 - the first time she has teamed with any camera.

Google's free Android software operates most of the world's smartphones. There are two USB-C ports with the capabilities of 4K output, unspecified fast data transfer and charging.

The "night sight" feature will be present on the Pixel 3 but will also arrive on other Pixel devices, the firm claimed. The battery has a larger 3.450mAh capacity.

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Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be released November 1 but are now available for pre-order on the Google Store.

The Pixel 3 rear camera is worse on paper.

It has a 12.2-megapixel sensor.

The search giant said Monday its new tablet is part of the company's lineup of Pixel-branded hardware, including the Pixel smartphone and Pixelbook laptop.

The missing camera? Well, depending on who you ask, it's a feature, not a bug. According to The Verge, the camera offers up some new software in the form of two new modes: Top Shot and Photobooth. It also allows for better productivity, while still giving you access to Google's entire library of Android apps. And, when you take new photos of them, they'll be automatically added to the album. It will be available later as an update. If you feel the need to jot something down, the Pixel Slate also works with the Chromebook Pen ($99).

Meanwhile, Pixel 3 XL is priced at £869 for 64GB of memory and climbs to a whopping £969 for 128GB. In some other European countries, it is a bit more expensive.

The Slate is available in the United States, the U.K. and Canada.

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