Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel Slate, and Google Home Hub Hands-on!

Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel Slate, and Google Home Hub Hands-on!

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The long road of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL  rumor mill has finally come to an end today. After more leaks than we have ever seen for a device, the folks at Google finally got up on a stage and made things official. We compiled everything that Google regarding the new phones into one mega announcement post. We also covered the unveiling of the new Pixel Slate detachable Chromebook tablet and the Google Home Hub smart display. Our friends at Pocketnow have shared their hands-on experience with the new Pixels, the Google Pixel Slate, and the Google Home Hub.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Maybe more than any other phone, the Google Pixel 3 XL requires some hands-on time to really make a decision on the appearance. It seems that a lot of people are saying the notch doesn’t look as bad in person. The hands-on video gives us a better ideanof how it looks next to the smaller Pixel 3 as well.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Specifications

SpecsGoogle Pixel 3Google Pixel 3 XL
Dimensions and Weight145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm, 148g158 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm, 184g
BuildTwo-tone glass back, squeezable frame for Active EdgeTwo-tone glass back, squeezable frame for Active Edge
SoftwareAndroid Pie with 3 years of OS and 3 years of security patch updatesAndroid Pie with 3 years of OS and 3 years of security patch updates
Display5.5-inch 1080×2160 (18:9) OLED display. Gorilla Glass 5. HDR support.6.3-inch 1440×2960 (18.5:9) notched OLED display. Gorilla Glass 5. HDR support.
System-on-chipQualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU
Co-processorPixel Visual CoreTitan security chipPixel Visual CoreTitan security chip
RAM4GB LPDDR4X4GB LPDDR4X
Storage64GB/128GB, no microSD card slot64GB/128GB, no microSD card slot
Battery2,915 mAh3,430 mAh
Rear Camera Sensor12.2MP f/1.8, 1.4μm
Video recording: 4k @ 30fps, OIS+EISSlow motion: [email protected] Pixel Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL), Rapid and Accurate Image Super-Resolution (RAISR)
12.2MP f/1.8, 1.4μmVideo recording: 4k @ 30fps, OIS+EIS

Slow motion: [email protected]

Dual Pixel Autofocus (PDAF), Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL), Rapid and Accurate Image Super-Resolution (RAISR)

Front Camera SensorsDual 8.1MP (primary is f/1.8 while secondary is a wide-angle lens with variable apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.2)Video recording: 1080pDual 8.1MP (primary is f/1.8 while secondary is a wide-angle lens with variable apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.2)Video recording: 1080p
PortsUSB Type-C, nanoSIM trayUSB Type-C, nanoSIM tray
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0 EDR/LE
  • NFC, GPS, eSIM, VoLTE, VoWiFi
  • LTE Category 16 (1Gbps)
  • UMTS: B1/2/4/5/8
  • GSM: 800/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/38/40/41/44/66/71
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0 EDR/LE
  • NFC, GPS, eSIM, VoLTE, VoWiFi
  • LTE Category 16 (1Gbps)
  • UMTS: B1/2/4/5/8
  • GSM: 800/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/38/40/41/44/66/71
SecurityRear fingerprint scanner, Tamper-resistant hardware security module supporting StrongBox KeymasterRear fingerprint scanner, Tamper-resistant hardware security module supporting StrongBox Keymaster
AudioStereo speakers, no 3.5mm headphone jackStereo speakers, no 3.5mm headphone jack
ChargingWireless charging, USB PDWireless charging, USB PD
IP RatingIPX8 – Water but not dust resistantIPX8 – Water but not dust resistant

Google Pixel Slate

This 12.3-inch Chromebook is Google’s first detachable Chromebook tablet, and the second such device running Chrome OS after the HP Chromebook X2. What’s it like running a modern version of Chrome OS optimized for tablets? Our hands-on video shows what you may get when the Pixel Slate goes on sale later this year.

Google Home Hub

Lastly, the Google Home Hub, Google’s own smart display, was announced. The device has a 7-inch touchscreen LCD panel, far-field microphones, booming speakers, but no cameras. It’s based on the Google Cast platform rather than Android Things, but it’s got all the features and then some when compared to the Lenovo Smart Display. What’s it look like and what features does it have? Our hands-on video shows off the new product.