Today Google unveiled their new Pixel 3 smartphone that will go on sale in the U.S. on October 18 and in Canada and other major countries on November first. Google's keynote was delivered in an all-new venue in New York. Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a report titled "Google's Pixel 3 Event will be Held in 10 Cities today and they may actually try to Sell Security as a Major Feature." Well, that's exactly what they did by introducing new security on a chip that they identify as "Titan Security." A couple of photos of that feature is presented below.
Our report isn't a review but rather a simple show and tell report pointing out some of the more interesting products and/or features such a their iPad Pro challenger, a new smart speaker, a new wireless stand and more.
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Titan Security (Chip) for Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate
Introducing Pixel 3
The new Pixel 3, it's designed from the inside out to be the smartest, most helpful device in your life. It's a phone that can answer itself, a camera that won't miss a shot, and a helpful Assistant even while it's charging.
How iPhone users Switch to Pixel 3
Google Pixel Stand
Google Pixel Slate – Google's iPad Pro Challenger
Apple fans knew that this would eventually be coming: an iPad Pro Challenger. Introducing Google Pixel Slate, powered by the reimagined Chrome OS. Designed to be as versatile, with a brilliant display, a desktop operating system, and the mobility and app support of a tablet. Plus, smart responsive accessories like Google Pixel Slate Keyboard and Pixelbook Pen. The slates on-off button doubles as a fingerprint reader and has left and right face side speakers that is the right way to deliver audio when a slate is facing you. Google mocked tablets that had speakers aimed at the walls.
The Pixel slate keyboard has a cool backlighting effect as shown in the graphic above and comes with a trackpad which is smart. The design of the keyboard allows the slate / tablet to sit in many angles and not a single stationary angle like Apple's Smart Keyboard. The Pixel Slate as noted in the photo below offers the Google "Molecular Display" which has 293 PPI in contrast to Apple's Retina Display offering 264 PPI.
While Google shows a nice starting price of US$599, that's for a Slate with a low-level Celeron processor. The high-end unit will set you back US$1600 but it comes with an Intel i7 processor and 16GB RAM. Apple's iPad Pro offers 4GB RAM.
Google Pixel Slate | HD+ Video Creators Jacob + Katie Schwarz
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On the same Google page it further noted: "Coming Soon. This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the FCC, ISED or EU. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorizations and certifications are obtained."
A Glimpse at Google's next gen Smart Speaker called Google Hub
Humorously the Google presenter was quick to point out that they purposely didn't add a camera to the new Google Home Hub for privacy reasons. It was funny because Facebook just released a killer home device called the Portal and Portal Plus the day before that emphasized their smart speaker having a smart camera that naturally follow those you're speaking to.
This was an idiotic move on Google's part to shoot down the camera, that in the long run, is the smarter feature to have as long as users have the ability to shut it off on demand. It just made Facebook look smarter for out-thinking Google.
New Pixel 3 Camera Features
Never miss a great photo again. Top Shot on Pixel 3 recommends the moments where everyone looks their best. No more closed eyes, blocked faces, or turned heads.
Group Selfie Cam
Pixel 3 uses dual front-facing cameras to help you take wide-angle selfies. No more squeezing-in, holding a selfie stick or asking someone else to take the photo.
One of the presenters clarified that slide you see above. According to Google, the new Group Selfie Cam delivers 184% more "scene" than an iPhone XS camera can capture.
Flip to Shhh
Don't want to be distracted? Just flip your Pixel 3 face down to turn on Do Not Disturb, so you can focus on what matters most.
Night Sight - Shooting in Very Low Light
Google wanted to out gun Apple on low light shots. Apple's new iPhone Xs camera offers larger and deeper pixels and with a new sensor creates better image fidelity, greater color accuracy, and reduced noise in low-light shots.
Yet Google seems to have gone overboard with their comparison photos that you could see below. I rather doubt that Google's new Night Sight will deliver that great a shot compared to Apple's new XS camera. If you have experience with the new XS camera in low light and think Google missed the boat, then send in your comments below.