Google's human-like voice helper can now fend off spam calls

Judy Cobb
October 11, 2018

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There is still a single rear camera on both phones. The Huawei Mate 20 Lite, for instance, has a small notch, while the HTC U12+ has slim top-and-bottom bezels. Right now, the Pixel Slate's high price, which jumps to $800 when you add the keyboard folio, makes it more of an iPad Pro competitor than an iPad competitor. The dual front cameras are just for wide-angle selfies, but Google has a ton of camera software tricks. This may not sound like anything too special, but Google tries to compensate with software gimmickry.

There are a bunch of new camera features such as Top Shot - an AI system that takes multiple pictures and selects the one where everyone is at their best (eyes open, smiling etc.). A new Super-Res Zoom feature uses computational photography to reduce the amount of noise and artifacts in the photos when zooming in on a shot.

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You can join the waitlist for the Pixel Slate on the Google Store here. When you point your camera at information you want to remember or don't feel like typing in - like a URL or QR code on a flyer or an email address on a business card - Google Lens suggests what to do next, like creating a new contact. Alphabet doesn't break out hardware sales numbers, but the revenue from the phones and products such as its Home smart speaker are tucked into the company's other revenues segment, which includes cloud sales and content purchases.

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The Pixel 3 has an FHD+ flexible OLED display at 443ppi, whereas the larger one sports a QHD+ OLED display (with a notch) at 523ppi. It'll be available first in the US, UK, and Australia. However, the latter feature won't launch until later this year.

First, starting out in English in the US, Pixel 3's on-device AI helps you screen phone calls and avoid spam calls.

In addition to this, at $699 it's still more expensive than a brand new OnePlus 6 - and that kind of tells you everything you need to know. Understandably, this was done for the sake of privacy, however, Lenovo cleverly used a "privacy shutter" in their Smart Display to hide the camera when not in use, which Google certainly could have done. You see a transcript of the response on the screen and you can choose to pick up or ignore the call. Processing the call details on-device means these experiences are fast, private to you, and use up less battery. The phones also come with new USB-C earbuds that can access Google Assistant and read your notifications aloud, and support wireless charging via a sold-separatley dock called Pixel Stand.

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will also be discussed and are set to boast a number of notable improvements from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

It's available in four colours: charcoal (black), chalk (white), aqua (light green) and sand (a kind of coppery brown) and will cost £139 when it goes on sale on October 22.

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