Google’s new Pixel phones mirror industry trends

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So here's what we already know about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which is pretty much everything. Quite recently, Google announced an entire line of hardware products, including the Google Home Mini and Max, Pixelbook, Pixel Buds, and Clips.

The first Pixel phones were well received at launch, with praise directed at their lovely design and innovative features.

Phones have plateaued somewhat in terms of their hardware, but two things are changing. So I was more than a bit perturbed when the Google Pixel C, introduced two years ago, was said to be Google's final Android tablet. Google's custom Pixel Visual Core is doing all the heavy lifting here which makes all the HDR+ processing notably faster.

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It's possible we could see minor updates to the Google Wi-Fi mesh router system, which has remained unchanged since it was unveiled at the Made By Google hardware event in October 2016, as well as the Google Clips. Google has specified how many Pixel units the company has shipped so far. The top part of the keyboard acts as a cover for the back of the Pixel Slate.

While the XL will get closer to bezel-less display, the smaller Pixel 3 will keep a traditional smartphone design, with a "forehead" and "chin" and no notch. Furthermore, it features Pixel Imprint™ fingerprint sensor w/ dedicated microcontroller, dual-front facing speakers and two microphones for improved noise cancellation. That sparked rumours about wireless charging being implemented. The same view is also coming to the Google app on mobile phones, so you can access it from anywhere in the world.

Cameras enthusiasts are also expecting the Pixel to finally adopt a dual-camera setup. These were the flagship phones with top-notch specs of that year. The Pixel 3 would be a 2,915mAh battery, while the Pixel 3 XL gets a 3,430mAh battery.

The report suggests that the Pixel 3 XL would sport a tall 6.3-inch notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Google had little surprises left for the event on Tuesday, in spite of its teasers in previous days.

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Under the hood, both devices are rumored to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processors, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The phones will come in black or white and the white version could have a green power button, giving it a new look. However, we're not sure exactly how large the screen will be, so there's no pixel density number that we can calculate right now. Richard also put up an early hands-on of the device, confirming all the specification leaks about the device.

The next feature is called Photobooth, which also uses Google Clips technology to take photos in selfie mode.

According to sources, the upcoming tablet will run Google's Chrome OS and use Intel's chipset at launch.

The firm is widely tipped to launch its first Chrome-branded tablet at the event on Tuesday. However, Google is expanding its OS to mid-range smart devices.

As mentioned, Google is all set to uncover its latest Pixel smartphones on October 9.

Google's current smart speaker line-up includes the Google Home, budget Home Mini and the Home Max.

With its access to your email, calendar, entertainment, and suite of Nest and Home devices, Google stands in a key position to attack the competition in the home device wars against Apple, Amazon, and now Facebook, which just launched a home device, Portal. This will lead many people to think that the devices don't actually feature a glass rear.

If you fancy catching all the announcements as they happen, Google will be streaming its NY event as it happens.

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