Engadget gets hands-on with unreleased Pixel 3 XL

Yolanda Curtis
October 8, 2018

So here's a quick breakdown.

And if you don't manage to catch the main event live, Google will have a recording available via YouTube after the fact. The company's Pixel branded premium flagships have been a huge success from the beginning, and the third iteration to the line is expected to carry the same trend. The Pixel Slate, which was known under the codename "Nocturne", has been subject of numerous leaks - just like many other soon to be released Google devices. It's certainly bigger with a few notches here and there.

Like the Pixelbook from past year, the Pixel Slate seems to be equipped with 3:2 aspect ratio display.

The other big similarity between the two phones is said to be the single lens rear camera on them.

The pictures acquired by the website show that the Pixel Slate will come with cameras at the front and back, a built-in fingerprint reader, front-facing stereo speakers, and a USB-C port on one side. Previous rumors have run the gamut from the suggestion that the leaked Pixel 3 XL phones were carefully staged dummies, though to the existence of a third phone to join the line-up. There is no 3.5mm audio jack on the device. Report from MySmartPrice also suggests that the new charging mat will activate a particular smart display mode on both devices when connected.

The major point of difference between the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is going to be the size and screen.

Then there's Chromecast. A recent sighting of the new media streaming dongle already up for sale previewed some of the changes we're expecting, which will primarily be internal. Here's how to ensure you get your device on launch day. We will probably see last year's successor on October 9 event. Take a look below to know more about the about the products which Google will be launching tomorrow. Prematurely-published promo material hints that Google's focus with the Home Hub will be smart home control. It's a smart device with a touchscreen and speakers. Priced at $149, the device is expected to compete with the likes of the Amazon Echo Show.

One question up in the air is whether the Chromecast will be able to use a physical remote; can you use it without your phone?

For photography, the new Pixel 3 series is expected to borrow camera specifications from the predecessor, as there is nothing much surprising in this department.

The firm also unveiled its own first-party next-generation wireless solution - dubbed Google Pixel Buds - which promised hassle-free Bluetooth connections, as well as snappy access to the Google Assistant.

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