Google Pixel Event Highlights: Pixel 3, Home Hub, Pixel Slate | AIB
Google unveiled the smartphones Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in the event this week, with an improved camera, an upgraded processor and a notch quite visible in the larger version.
The company also introduced the Pixel Slate hybrid tablet with detachable keyboard and Chrome OS operating system; the Google Home Hub, an intelligent display controlled by voice; and an incremental upgrade to Chromecast.
Here is a Summary of the Launch!
- Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: grew on the screen, continue with a single camera in the rear (but a double in the front for group selfies) and gained Snapdragon 845 processor. Pixel 3 has a screen of 5.5 inches without a notch, while the Pixel 3 XL has a pronounced notch in the 6.3-inch panel. Prices on 64GB versions are $ 799 and $ 899, respectively.
- Pixel Slate: is a tablet hybrid with a 12.3-inch laptop. Chrome OS Wheel, has battery life that promises to last up to 10 hours and can be equipped with a detachable keyboard. It costs $ 599. The keyboard will sell for $ 199, and it has support for the $ 99 Pixelbook Pen.
- Home Hub: contender for the Amazon Echo Show, is a kind of Google Home with the screen. It can be controlled by voice commands and displays YouTube weather, search, calendar, photos and videos on a 7-inch display. It costs $ 149.
- 3rd generation Chromecast: now supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac 5 GHz and has a new design with white color. It only plays in Full HD and costs $ 35.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL!
Pixel’s third generation leaked so much that Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of hardware, made no mystery: he took the stage, announced the devices’ names, and … they emerged immediately in an area in the middle of the auditorium. In the event, Google toyed with the fact that all details of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL had already been released.
What do they have in common? Both continue with a single camera in the rear, which blurs backgrounds of portraits with artificial intelligence, but a double in the front, with wide-angle lens to take group selfies. They support wireless charging of up to 10 watts, rear glass in two shades of color and adopt gesture navigation of Android 9 Pie, leaving behind the trio of virtual buttons.
The difference is due to the screen. The Pixel 3 has grown from 5 to 5.5 inches, bringing an OLED panel of 2160 × 1080 pixels (18: 9 aspect ratio) and a traditional, non-notched design. The Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch screen (vs. 6 inches in the past generation) with a resolution of 2880 × 1440 pixels (also 18: 9) and a notch on the top to house the dual camera and the speaker.
The focus remains on the cameras. The 12.2-megapixel (f / 1.8) rear has the Top Shot feature, which takes sequential pictures and discards bad ones (those blinking or blurry), and Super Res Zoom, which combines multiple images to zoom and deliver a clear picture (even without optical zoom lens). And the intensity of the background blur, which has always been praised in Pixel, can be adjusted.
They have 845 Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of RAM, 2,915 or 3,430 mAh batteries and two internal storage options, with no possibility of expansion. Pixel 3 prices are $ 799 (64 GB) and $ 899 (128 GB), while the Pixel 3 XL comes out at $ 899 (64 GB) and $ 999 (128 GB).
Google Pixel Slate, Pixel Slate Keyboard, and Pixelbook Pen!
Pixel Slate is a tablet hybrid with notebook to compete with iPad Pro and Surface Pro. Instead of Android, it runs Chrome OS, and there are more powerful hardware options for users who want to run heavier tasks: the processor is an Intel Celeron, Core m3 or Core i5 eighth generation; the RAM is 4, 8 or 16 GB and the internal storage goes from 32 to 256 GB.
Because of the inclusive settings, the price starts at $ 599 but reaches $ 1,699 in the most powerful version (without regard to accessories). Whatever the hardware, the Pixel Slate has a fingerprint reader built into the start button, two front speakers and two microphones.
The Chrome OS interface has been adapted to the Pixel Slate’s 12.3-inch touchscreen LTPS LCD screen, which has a resolution of 3000 × 2000 pixels and was called by Google’s Molecular Display. The operating system has brought a stronger integration with Google Assistant, and you can run both Android and Linux apps.
It supports two accessories, which must be purchased separately. The Pixel Slate Keyboard, $ 199, is a cover with a keyboard that magnetically connects to the tablet. There are subtle details, like the backlit buttons, the trackpad and the possibility of adjusting the inclination of the screen. Pixelbook Pen is a pen for writing and drawing on the screen, which will be sold for $ 99.
Google Home Hub!
Every company chose to make a smart display. Amazon has the Echo Show; Facebook has the Portal, and Google has the Home Hub. In a simplified way, it’s a Google Home with a 7-inch screen, which means you can give voice commands to see the weather, search the web, control the smart devices in your house or play videos on YouTube.
A curious fact is that, unlike other gadgets of the type, the Google Home Hub does not have an integrated camera. Google said this was intentional, so users would feel comfortable installing it in more private places like the room. Even in this case, the ambient light sensor makes sure to adjust the brightness and the content of the screen automatically, so as not to disturb your night’s sleep.
Like the other products in the Google Home family, the Home Hub has a not-so-high price of $ 149. It starts being sold in the United States from October 22, and consumers earn six months from YouTube Music.
3rd Generation Chromecast!
A new Chromecast did not get highlighted in Google’s presentation for a reason: it’s just a minor update to the 2015 model. Chromecast Ultra, which supports content display in 4K, is still on the market, while the new Chromecast only plays on Full HD at 60 frames per second.
On the outside, the novelty is a cleaner design with a new white color option. On the inside, it has brought the ability to connect to Wi-Fi 5 (Wi-Fi 5) Wi-Fi networks at 5 GHz, which should speed up the playback of heavier content on more congested routers. The price rests at $ 35.