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A flurry of leaks before the official launch meant that any self-respecting tech-head knew the Pixel 3 inside out before Google "unveiled" it on Tuesday.

High pricing of Google's latest Pixel smartphones - Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL - is likely to thwart the Internet giant's fresh bid to make a dent in the premium smartphone segment in the Indian market dominated by the likes of OnePlus, Samsung and Apple, analysts said.

Going by the product specs, the Gamevice Pixel 3 XL device pulls power from the phone rather than relying on an internal battery.

The new Google Hub Hub (from $ 149), among others, features a screen that displays responses to the user's voice commands while also allowing access to YouTube.

Ask any geek and he'll tell you, Google's hardware products are never as much about hardware as they are about software.

The Pixel 3 isn't exactly a major reinvention of the Pixel design or display - it's half an inch bigger at 5.5-inches thanks to thinner bezels, a tweaked aspect ratio and curved-edged screens. Its translucence lets the Pixel 3's natural beauty shine through one of three cool colors - blue, purple, and white.

Another thing we're expecting on the original Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is Gmail's new Smart Compose tools. Charging is entirely wireless with the Pixel Stand, and at the same time, your phone becomes a display (akin to a smart home set-up) that plays music, transition to a photo frame when idle plus a handful of other tricks unique only to the Pixel 3. Check out the video below, then expect to see this on your Pixel 2 in November.

The analysis of the photos is done on the Pixel 3, not in Google's cloud.

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The Pixel 2 was a slender device with a thickness of 7.8mm compared to the Pixel 3's 7.9mm waist, which admittedly cost it its headphone jack and any potential of expandable storage.

Both phones still come with a single-lens rear camera system, but it doesn't sound like Google needs more than one lens. You can take over and pick up, hang up, or report the caller as spam.

In addition to the Google+ breach, there are claims that between the years 2011 and 2012 Google bypassed the iPhone's security features and collected data on users without their knowledge.

The new Top Shot feature uses the "Motion" technology on Pixel phones to capture a bunch of photos before and after you snap the shutter button.

The Night Sight feature will essentially make for better low-light shots without the use of a super-wide camera aperture like you'd find on Samsung's latest Galaxy phones.

For photography enthusiasts, the Pixel 3 is undeniably the way to go.

But the Pixel 3 XL in particular has been criticised for its notch at the top of its display.

Beyond the camera, Google is using artificial intelligence to help screen calls.

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