Google is undercutting Apple on the pricing of its phones. By comparison, Apple sold about 217 million iPhones a year ago. Alongside it, they're now also selling a $79 wireless charging accessory dubbed "Pixel Stand" that essentially also turns your phone into a mini Smart Display. Alphabet generated US$4.4 billion in the second quarter from this category, up 37 per cent from a year earlier.
Google's new tabletGoogle's latest tablet device, the Pixel Slate.
The Google Pixel Slate comes in not one, but four different flavours, with each one using a different processor, varying amounts of RAM and hard drive capacity.
Plus, it will respond to voice commands, just like the Google Home smart speaker.
It's also HDR compatible - something that's becoming fairly common now in high-end devices - potentially offering better results when playing compatible HDR video, like some movies offered by Netflix.
As to whether this gives Google an edge over Amazon in the battle for the smart home ecosystem: right now, it probably does, but just a little.
Google Pixel Slate seems focused on providing useful productivity features mixed with a traditional Chrome OS experience that makes surfing the web and consuming other media extremely simple. The phones are launching in the weeks following the debuts of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max, and ahead of the iPhone XR.
The 64GB Pixel 3 will start at $799 or $33.29 per month with Google Store financing. They'll come in three colors: black, white and pink.
Every year Google brings new features to its Photos app together with the Pixel launch. The few pictures we clicked with the Pixel 3 looked like quintessential Pixel pictures: impressive and with a lot of details. They include Ireland, Japan and France for the first time. Also, Google has added wireless charging this time around.
The hardware on the Pixel Slate is nothing to sneeze at, with a crisp, high-resolution 3000×2000 screen with 400 nits of peak brightness, a detachable keyboard, and 12 hours of battery life, but the rest of the hardware has a really, really large swing in capabilities.
S Pen: The S Pen is a key differntiator in the smartphone market and with the additional Bluetooth capability on the Note 9 there are many new ways to use the S Pen for improved productivity and efficiency. However, Google will ship each phone with a pair of Pixel Buds USB-C earphones which supports real-time translation, Google Assistant integration, and can even read out messages and compose replies.