Google Pixel 3 price, features, release date: Google launches Pixel 3, Pixel Slate and Home Hub

Search giant unveils new devices at New York launch event

Google has officially taken the wraps off its newest hardware products at a launch event, including two new phones, a new Chromecast, a new smart screen hub and an all-new Chrome OS tablet.

The New York City event was largely dominated by the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the latest in Google's line of flagship Android smartphones. Featuring wireless charging, an improved camera and a host of new software features, the two devices will go on sale in stores from 1 November and can be pre-ordered right now. Prices start at 739 for the Pixel 3 and 869 for the Pixel 3 XL.

Also on display was the Google Home Hub, an Echo Show-style smart hub with a 7in screen, which is aimed at tying together Google's smart home portfolio and the company's AI Google Assistant. It'll launch for 139 and is available to pre-order from today, or available in stores from 22 October.

The most interesting announcement for businesses, however will be the Google Pixel Slate. A brand new tablet device running Chrome OS, the Slate marks Google's first foray into tablets since the Pixel C back in 2015, and helps address two areas which are less well-served than smartphones or laptops: Chrome OS devices and premium tablets. With an iPad-esque smart keyboard cover, the Slate is designed to take on the Surface Pro and iPad Pro, and will be available from 549. Pre-orders start on 1 November, with full availability beginning 22 November.

While this event marks the first time that the new devices have been officially revealed by the company, fans have already had a good look at them, as the new hardware has been widely leaked. The Pixel 3 in particular has been subject to a number of embarrassing leaks, such as when one of the new phones was discovered in the back of a taxi. Google acknowledged the leaks, with EMEA hardware marketing director Yasmina Brihi joking "we're better at making hardware than we are at keeping secrets".

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