Although the “Made by Google” event held in New York was not a shocking discovery, since the numerous rumors surrounding the release of the new Google Pixel 3 turned out to be true, however, the company managed to pleasantly surprise fans with new products. So, for example, Google not only announced new smartphones, but also introduced a smart home center, a tablet and some nice accessories. That means it’s time to take a closer look at them and see what’s in store for each new Google device.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL
It would be unfair to start with anything else, since it was Google’s flagship smartphones that became the stars of the event. This time around, the company has put even more effort into improving the smartphone’s cameras and AI-powered smart features.
Pixel 3 is a smartphone with a 5.5‑inch display and Full HD + resolution, while the second 3XL smartphone will receive a 6.3‑inch diagonal and QHD + resolution. In addition, Pixel 3XL will be equipped with a notch, like the new iPhones. Both smartphones have OLED displays and Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides of the body. The stereo speakers will face forward. The back of the case seamlessly passes into the front, so the smartphone looks very organic. In total, three colors will go on sale with interesting names Just Black, Obviously White and Not Pink.
Inside the smartphones will run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM, its main task will be to support Android 9 Pie. How it will be possible to establish a relationship with the battery, we will still find out, but so far it is known that the amount of internal memory will be 64GB and 128GB, but nothing is known about memory cards either.
The most interesting moment is, of course, the camera. In this case, we have something to look at: the main camera is still the same on both models, its resolution is also 12.2 megapixels. In this case, the company took advantage of the common truth — why improve something that already works great? Video resolution up to 4K camera shoots at 30fps. But the front now has two cameras with a resolution of 8MP, the field of view of one of the cameras will be 75 degrees, the second — 97, that is, it has a wide angle.
As for the price, it is still known only in dollars, but it can already be compared with the flagships of Apple. So the Pixel 3 will be slightly more expensive than the iPhone XR ($799), and the Pixel 3XL will be slightly cheaper than the starting iPhone Xs ($899).
But, most likely, the biggest blow to the main competitor is the Pixel Stand wireless charger. It does not just charge the smartphone, but allows you to turn it into a kind of Google Home Hub — a device to which we will return.
Another device presented by the company is a 2 in 1 tablet that runs on Chrome OS — Google Pixel Slate.
As for the axis, little is known about it yet, so it’s better to focus on the tablet. This is a device with LTPS LCD display, the image depth of which is 293 pixels per inch. On each side of the body is an 8MP camera. The front one is equipped with large pixels and a wide-angle lens to ensure quality in low light and improve the image when using video chat.
Of course, the tablet can be used with a special keyboard that also doubles as a case. The keys of this keyboard are round and backlit. The design of the keyboard is very interesting and leaves a pleasant impression. The tablet also supports the use of the Google Pixelbook Pen. The on/off button also doubles as a fingerprint scanner.
The tablet will appear on the shelves this year, and its starting price will be $599, but the company did not immediately announce details regarding the capacity and software of the device. Therefore, the Google Pixel Slate tablet left many open questions.
However, after a couple of days there was information that the tablet will receive five different models. The cheapest tablets will run on an Intel Celeron processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB SSD or 8GB RAM and 64GB SSD. The middle variant will receive an Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in SSD memory. The two more expensive tablet models will run on Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, respectively, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the former case, and 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD in the latter. The price of the most expensive model will reach $1599.
Everything else converges in various models: this is a 12.3‑inch Molecular display, up to 10 hours of continuous operation, and the lack of a headphone jack. The last moment is more than offset by two front speakers that provide loud and high-quality sound.
The screen is covered with durable glass Gorilla Glass 5, the body is made of anodized aluminum, and the device weighs 0.7 kg.
Google Home Hub
Back in early 2018, it became clear that smart home devices like cents and speakers would become incredibly popular. By the end of the year, this prediction was confirmed, and of course, Google could not lose sight of this. That’s why we saw the Google Home Hub presentation. Like the Amazon Echo Show, this device has a built-in display that helps you add video to audio.
The device makes it easy to access YouTube videos, find recipes, get weather forecasts, and manage your home devices, especially Nest products.
Voice recognition is designed for multiple people so that Home Hub can be used by the whole family.
What this device does not have is cameras. This will calm someone down, because there will be no doubt that the device does not record everything that happens in the house. But Home Hub is equipped with a light sensor that automatically adjusts the display brightness and colors.
The design of the Home Hub does not stand out from the general product line, but it is available in four colors. The cost of the device does not disappoint either, because it starts at $149.
All of the devices presented by Google are in line with fashion and functionality, so it will be quite interesting to see how they will compete with numerous competitors. Well, we will continue to follow the news and look forward to the first feedback from users and fans of Google devices.