Pixel 3 Leak Teases Nifty New Productivity Feature to Help You Schmooze

This'll definitely help you work the room. 

The latest in a series of Pixel 3 and 3 XL leaks indicates that the device will tap into A.I. in order to make attending your next networking event a little easier.

Indeed, a leaked highlight video reveals a feature that lets users scan business cards by simply pointing the camera at them. The advertisement was obtained by MySmartPrice and demonstrates a user holding a card in front of the Pixel 3’s native camera app. After a second, the camera identifies the email address and prompts an option to send a message to the address. This suggests the same capability will be possible for phone numbers or street addresses.

Currently, Google Lens lets users save contact information using a picture of a card. But this new Pixel 3 feature will apparently save consumers a few taps by doing the same thing without having to snap a photo and scroll through your camera roll.

Google Pixel 3: When Will It Launch?

Google is expected to reveal the Pixel 3 and 3 XL during an October 9 press event in New York City. However, a number of details about the phone have already surfaced online, including the phone’s potential price, design, specs, features, and accessories.

Last year, the company announced their phone on October 4 and released it two weeks later on October 19. If Google follows the same pattern this year, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL should hit shelves the week of October 22.

Google Pixel 3: Leaked Price

The most substantive of the leaks was courtesy of two Russian blogs that claimed to have gotten their hands on the Pixel 3 XL as early as August. Mobile-Review claims the smaller Pixel 3 will start at $649 and the 3 XL will go for $749.

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A subsequent leak by Chinese e-commerce website JD.com listed the 3 XL for roughly $729, suggesting the this year’s releases might be $100 cheaper than the $849 Pixel 2 XL.

Google Pixel 3: Other Camera Features

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL pack a mean, 12.2-megapixel rear camera duo. This year its front-facing camera could get a so-called “Super Selfie” feature to further boost the handsets’ photo capacity, according to a report by 9to5Google

It’s unclear exactly what this will enable users to do, but it could be something similar to how the iPhone XS and XS Max allows for advanced post-processing. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are expected to come retrofitted with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor, which could let Google provide something like the iPhone’s Portrait Mode.