Pixel 3 includes USB-C headphones, dongle in the box

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Google's big launch event kicks off tonight from 4pm with other products including a new Pixel Slate tablet also expected to be revealed.

Google today held its annual Made By Google event, where it showed off its newest toys. With the Pixel Stand, you don't need to buy the new $149 Google Home Hub-because your phone does most of the same things anyway, including giving you contextual information based on what time of day it is.

The phones are already available for pre-order on Google's online store, with prices starting at $1,249 for the Pixel 3, and $1,399 for the Pixel 3 XL, while the Pixel Stand will go for $119. The Home Hub is basically a Google Home speaker with a display in the front.

Google said the new devices were built around improved camera systems powered by artificial intelligence, including the new Top Shot feature, which can identify the best images taken in a burst. Both the devices come with the same spec sheet which includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage. You'll also get 6 months of YouTube Premium for free. But if youre going to buy a Pixel 3 or 3 XL, you might want to just grab the Pixel Stand instead – thats Googles official wireless charger. The Hub is created to be, as the name indicates, a node through which you can control all of your smart home devices, down to individual rooms. Google plans to sell the Pixel Slate later this year in the U.S, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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When it comes to performance and speed, the Pixel 3 XL and regular 3 are certain to be some of the best in the business.

Some of the connectivity options on the Pixel Slate include two USB-C ports, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, keyboard connecting pins, Bluetooth v4.2, and more. This year, we saw Google talk and highlight its software capabilities, way more than the hardware itself - classic function over form style of Google.

In terms of ergonomics, both the devices feel more compact, in fact, nearly the same as the 2017 editions.

Furthermore, Google has included the Google Camera app on the Pixel Slate, so the product can be used for photography too. Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to the research firm International Data Corp. Lots of devices that've abandoned the headphone jack were released over the past couple of years with no reasonable wired alternative. The Pixel 3 has the advantage on paper, but the Galaxy S9 camera is not a pushover.