Google has officially unveiled Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

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At its hardware event in NY on Tuesday, Google launched its 2018 flagship Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. For those who follow tech news and hardware rumours, there was little about the Pixel 3's design that you didn't know about.

He noted that Google has significantly increased its hardware capabilities with the acquisition of Taiwanese firm HTC's smartphone team earlier this year. You don't need to spend $800-$900 on a Pixel 3 to get these sweet new camera tricks. It's shouting at you. It uses machine learning to carry out many important functions, and introduced user gestures to speed up navigation.

Thankfully, it's only on the Pixel 3XL. In comparison to the new Pixel 3 that has a 5.5-inch screen and weighs 148 grams.

The US$1.1 billion HTC deal, which was announced in September previous year and officially closed in January 2018, saw more than 2,000 HTC engineers moving to Google. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL would probably be the first Pixel phones to be completely built under the new setup.

APKs for the local applications on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are now springing up on the Internet. It's available in the all-new Gmail, and we're expecting it to hit the Pixel 3 first, then eventually older Pixel phones. (I also love the look of the upcoming Slate and am excited at the prospect of a Pixel Watch sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future).

A Pixel 3, will cost you $1199 for a 64GB device, or $1349 for the 128GB model. Its translucence lets the Pixel 3's natural beauty shine through one of three cool colors - blue, purple, and white.

As per Android Central, new Pixel phones were rumoured to focus on gesture navigation, bar the centre "pill" and a back button, which only appears when necessary.

Google's new phones are all about software. That's because the Pixel 3 phones run on a clean version of Android that's optimised specifically with the Pixel 3's specs in mind.

Galaxy Note 9 debuted back in August and was critically-acclaimed for packing a wealth of flagship features into an incredibly premium-feeling device. Within, there's a feature called Top Shot; when AI comes into the picture to sieve out the best photo (whereby everyone is smilling without the possiblity of their eyes shut) when the series in shot in motion. Another mode called Top Shot tries to avoid taking photos if the subject blinks or sneezes but it unclear if it also helps with other sudden movements.

Google formally owns a chunk of HTC's smartphone division - 2,000 engineers and non-exclusive license for intellectual property - now but looks like it did not play any significant role in designing and building the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones.

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