Engadget gets hands-on with unreleased Pixel 3 XL

Engadget gets hands-on with unreleased Pixel 3 XL

With three color options to choose from, which Google is the best in the business naming it, Just Black, Very White and Not Pink. On the other hand, the black-and-white "panda" colour variant might see the door this year.

Google is expected to announce its next generation of phones, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, this week at an event in NY.

However, if you are interested in following the live streaming of the presentation of the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, you should know that the event is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 am in NY. The event will begin at 11am EST (8:30pm IST).

In the United States, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will be available exclusively on Verizon.

So far the Pixel range hasn't neared any of the top sellers on sales, with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices taking less than 1 percent of the smartphone market, according to industry analysts. LG Display is now Google's sole supplier of OLED panels for its future Pixel phones.

Other than two phones Google is also expected to launch an official Google Pixel Watch that runs Wear OS, the new name for Android Wear. This meant that they were not a commercial success in India, and one analytics firm estimated in August that only 80,000 Pixel 2 phones had been sold in India since launch.

For availability, the Pixel Slate will be launching in select regions later this year, but no precise date has been mention at this stage.

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with an octa-core CPU, paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The tablet also appears to feature front-facing stereo speakers. There's a camera on the front and the back, but the resolution is not known yet. There could be features such as a dedicated Portrait mode and some selfie-focused improvements. The new Android 9.0 Pie brings the Adaptive battery feature which improves the battery life by learning the usage of apps over time. There's also an exclusive Call screening feature which will automatically answer suspected spam calls and ask the caller who they are and transcribe the call, all without requiring an internet connection.

The Pixel 3 measures in at 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches and weighs 5.2 ounces.

Google today unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both smartphones are likely to have 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C. Surprisingly, Google is still sticking to a single rear camera setup.

Instead of a thick hardware keyboard magnetically attached to the bottom edge of the device, as we saw with the Pixel C, this year Google seems to be putting on a cover with an integrated, attachable keyboard, which can be connected to the tablet via four pins.