Google’s new phones boast wider screens, better camera

Tech giant also unveils Pixel 2-in-1 tablet and a connected Home Hub speaker Google’s new Pixel phones mirror the industry trend moving the devices toward lusher, bigger screens and add new twists on the camera for taking better selfies and other pictures. The Pixel phones have barely made a dent in the market since their debut two years ago, but Google is hoping to change that with the latest models unveiled on Tuesday at an event in New York. Google uses the phones to highlight what it considers to be best features of its Android operating system, while challenging Apple and Samsung with a device tailored for affluent consumers. The third generation of Pixel phones comes in two sizes, and both feature high-definition screens that span from one edge to another. It’s the first time Google has embraced the format, which Apple adopted last year with its iPhone X. Google is hiring photographer Annie Leibovitz to take pictures with the new Pixel in an effort to persuade consumers its camera is superior to the iPhone XS that Apple released last month. Cost factor The Pixel 3 will cost Rs. 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs. 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant. The Pixel 3 XL will be available at Rs. 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs. 92,000 for the 128GB model. The pre-orders for the devices begin on October 11 in India. Google also rolled out a new device called Home Hub that couples a small display screen with an Internet-connected speaker. That’s similar to Amazon’s Echo Show and a new Facebook device called Portal. The new speaker is powered by Google’s smart digital assistant and is designed “to get the state of the entire home” by connecting to other smart devices, said Google vice-president of product management Diya Jolly. Ms. Jolly said the Home Hub, with a seven-inch screen, will allow users to access a “dashboard” that can be used to control any of several thousand Internet-connected devices or appliances. But the Home Hub won’t have a camera, Ms. Jolly added. “We consciously did not put a camera on the Hub so you can use it in private spaces like your bedroom,” she said. The tech giant also introduced Pixel Slate, a 12.3-inch, two-in-one tablet that can multi-task with a stylus or a keyboard.

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