Google held a media keynote earlier today which announced several new devices under their “Made by Google” line of physical products. While Google is most notably known for their software developments, the have invested a lot into the hardware market to compete better with the likes of companies like Apple and Samsung who dominate the space.

Pixel Smartphones

Yesterday's leaked information about the Pixel line was ultimately true and harnesses the following specs:

Pixel

  • All metal unibody design
  • Snapdragon 821 CPU @ 2.15GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB or 128GB internal storage
  • 5-inch 1080P AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 4
  • 2770 mAh battery, 7 hours of battery life on a 15-minute charge
  • Runs Android 7, Nougat
  • Fingerprint sensor and nanoSIM slot
  • 8MP front and 12MP back cameras with OIS (touted as fastest camera on any smartphone)
  • Quick charging available via USB Type C
  • Unlimited photo backups for free (at max resolution) to Google Photos
  • Duo video chat app (Google's version of Facetime, compatible with their iOS app)
  • New AI assistant Allo
  • Three color options: Black, Blue, Silver

Pixel XL

  • All metal unibody design
  • Snapdragon 821 CPU @ 2.15GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB or 128GB internal storage
  • 5.5-inch 1440P AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 4
  • 3450 mAh battery (same as Nexus 6P), 7 hours of battery life on a 15-minute charge
  • Runs Android 7, Nougat
  • Fingerprint sensor and nanoSIM slot
  • 8MP front and 12MP back cameras with OIS (touted as fastest camera on any
  • Quick charging available via USB Type C
  • Unlimited photo backups for free (at max resolution) to Google Photos
  • Duo video chat app (Google's version of Facetime, compatible with their iOS app)
  • New AI assistant Allo
  • Three color options: Black, Blue, Silver

Pricing starts at $650 for the base model Pixel or $769 for the base model Pixel XL. They are now available for pre-order through Google or Verizon.

Google Home

Similar to Amazon's popular Echo device, Google Home offers hands-free control to the new Google Assistant. You can ask it questions, initiate voice-activated music playback or interact Google services like the Calendar.

The base is designed to be swappable to different materials and colors to fit any room decor, extra bases will be sold for $20 each.

Partnerships for Google Home include IFTTT, Samsung, Philips and Nest thus allowing Google Home to interact with many popular smart home accessories that are already on the market.

This unique device will sell for $130 and includes a free 6-month trial of YouTube Red. Pre-orders are now live via Google, and the device will ship on November 4th.

Daydream View VR Headset

A step beyond their $15 Google Cardboard, the Daydream View is a high-quality VR headset built with comfort and adjustability in mind. The operation functions much like a Samsung VR headset only that you will need a “Daydream-ready” smartphone like the Pixel to operate.

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Priced at $79, you get the Daydream View headset along with a specialized controller to further the VR experience. You can join the waitlist through the Google Store, but the headset is anticipated to be released this November.

Chromecast Ultra

While the previous generation Chromecasts have been a major hit with consumers, the Chromecast Ultra is geared specifically for those users who want to stream the latest and greatest media content to their high-end TVs or projectors.

The Chromecast Ultra still connects via HDMI but allows for picture quality up to 4K Ultra HD in addition to HDR (High Dynamic Range) content.

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Priced at $69, it is the fastest Chromecast device ever made and offers an optional built-in Ethernet adapter for aid achieving the high connection speeds required for streaming data-heavy 4K content.

While it auto-optimizes for the maximum resolution your TV can deliver, this is the best investment for someone who already owns a 4K UHD-ready TV or is planning to one in the future.

Via: CNET
Source: Google