Tuesday October 09, 2018

Google Pixel 3 Has a Titan M Security Chip

Google announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL today. Both phones feature specs you'd expect from a flagship Android smartphone, including a Snapdragon 845, an improved camera, 4GB of RAM, a choice of 64GB of 128GB of storage, an upgraded 5.5" or 6.3" display, and a price tag starting at $800. As they don't have the manufacturing prowess of rivals like Samsung, Apple, and LG, Google tends to differentiate their phones with software features. However, both Pixel 3 phones come with a Google-designed "Titan M" security chip. This is the same chip Google uses in their datacenters, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of functionality the chip offers in a mobile device.

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Also inside is a new Titan M security chip, which Google says provides "on-device protection for login credentials, disk encryption, app data, and the integrity of the operating system." Preorders for both phones begin today, and buyers will get six months of free YouTube Music service. The Pixels will officially launch on October 18th.

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