Earlier today, Google held a press event showcasing their newest hardware products in front of media from around the world. The keynote was held in an Apple-like fashion giving insight on what the company is doing behind the scenes, providing interest statistics about their users and ultimately showing off new hardware devices.
Here are the major hardware announcements that Google made during today's event:
Initially leaked yesterday by Walmart, the Home Mini is the little brother to their original Google Home device. With a smaller form-factor and more affordable price, the concept rivals that of Amazon's Echo Dot providing an opportunity to gain more market share for the Big G.
The fabric design is offered in three colors: coral (red), chalk (gray/white) and charcoal (gray/black). It will sell for $49 and is now available for pre-order from Google's online store. Shipping will begin on October 19th.
Another new Google Assistant speaker that is the big brother to their original Google Home device. It is larger and more robust, designed for hardcore listeners with ‘Smart Sound' technology that auto-tunes the sound quality to match the song and setting.
Includes a 3.5mm headphone jack for use with a stereo or phone as well as support for Chromecast and other Google Home products. Priced at $399, the Home Max will launch in December with Chalk and Charcoal color options. For now, Google is bundling a free 12-month subscription of YouTube Red with every purchase.
A long-awaited announcement from Google is their new Pixelbook. The device runs ChromeOS with Google Assistant built-in along with support for Google Play Store apps. Designed to be slim at 10mm thick and only 1kg in weight, the 4-in-1 design offers flexibility for many uses.
The design offers the same two-tone glass inlay as their Pixel phones coupled with a 12.3″ Quad HD LCD that packs 235 pixels per inch. Configurations allow for Intel i5 or i7 processors, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage.
Battery life is rated for 10 hours with USB Type C charging, and Google claims to offer 2 hours of usage off just a 15-minute charge. One of the coolest features is Instant Tethering from Pixel phones when you don't have Wi-Fi. This means it will automatically tether and provide Internet access without any configuration.
Google also announced a Pixelbook Pen that is much like the Samsung S-Pen. The specifications include 10ms of latency, support for angles up to 60 degrees and 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity in which they partnered with Wacom to achieve.
Pricing for the Pixelbook starts at $999, and the Pixel Pen will go for $99. Both products are open for pre-order as of today, but the official release date won't be until Halloween.
The original Pixel smartphones put Google brought relevancy to smartphone line for the first time in years and sold well. This time around Google has upped the ante with even more design and technology staff to develop their best handset to date.
Crafted from a water and dust-resistant metal unibody design, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM. The standard Pixel provides a 5″ AMOLED screen running at FHD with a 16:9 ratio (441 PPI). It's larger sibling the Pixel 2 XL offers a 6″ pOLED display running at QHD+ with an 18:9 ratio (538 PPI).
Both devices will ship running the new version of Android 8.0, Oreo. Two different storage variations are available with a 64GB and 128GB options. The rear camera is all new with a 12.2MP running dual-sensor technology and an 8MP front sensor. Charging is done via the USB-C port with up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. There is not a 3.5mm headphone jack or MicroSD card slot found anywhere on the device.
Pricing starts at $649 for the Pixel 2 or $849 for the Pixel 2 XL with an additional $100 charge to upgrade either device to offer 128GB of storage. Pre-orders have now begun through Google online store as all devices are unlocked with purchase options in full or 24-month financing.
Here's a great first look at the devices by the team over at The Verge:
The company's rendition of Apple's Airpods offering high-quality audio that are wireless though connected to one another via a small cord. When paired with a Pixel 2 device, the Pixel Buds provide one-touch support for Google Assistant including real-time voice translation via Google Translate.
Offering up to 5 hours of listening time from a single charge, the Pixel Buds can be charged further using the included charging case which can supply the earbuds with an additional 24 hours of listening time. Google has priced these earbuds at $159 with pre-orders open today. The official release date will come forth in November.
Separate camera accessory that automatically captures photos based on machine learning and artificial intelligence. The clip is designed to be lightweight and highly portable. Operation remains hands-free with the ability to physically clip the small device to yourself or other objects.
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