This year’s “#MadeByGoogle” event kicked off on Tuesday in New York City with several new products soon to be released to the public. The Pixel Slate, a tablet with Chrome OS installed on it, was revealed along with the Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL and the Google Home Hub, a Google Home speaker with a 7” display attached.
The Pixel Slate features a 12.3” display with a fingerprint sensor, that is also the power button to the device. It features two USB Type-C ports for charging and connecting other devices such as a mouse, headphones, or other devices like a monitor. The pricing starts at $599 for the lower end model, with a cheaper Intel Celeron processor with 4GB RAM/64GB storage for those who do not need a lot of power, and goes up to a more expensive Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM/256GB storage for $1,599. It also features dual front-facing speakers that deliver better surround sound to the user. A keyboard is sold separately and boasts that it doesn’t have to pair with the tablet due to the connector at the bottom of the tablet that connects with the keyboard when it is put into the case.
The Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL has been leaked numerous times over the past few months. This has caused speculation of what Google was doing, especially when they asked YouTubers, who were critical of the phones, if they could use their videos in their launch event. Google used this footage to start the event to show that they had made a mistake by accidentally letting the devices get leaked to the public months ahead. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL feature the same camera, processor, and features, but the Pixel 3 XL boasts a higher resolution and a 6.3” display while the Pixel 3 only has a 5.5” display. The new phones feature a glass back to support wireless charging, which the previous generation of Pixel devices lacked. The wireless charging stand is sold separately for $79. Both phones feature two 8MP front-facing cameras, to support group selfies, and a 12.2MP rear camera. Numerous camera features were introduced to these phones like Top Shot, which takes multiple photos at once and suggests the best ones using artificial intelligence, and the ability to take photos in dark lighting without flash that uses machine learning (a technique used to “teach” computers how to do something) to make dim photos clearer and brighter. The Pixel 3 starts at $799 and the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899.
The Google Home Hub is a direct competitor to the Amazon Echo Show and features a 7” screen with the Google Assistant built-in. The device allows the user to control their smart home devices like Philips Hue light bulbs, Nest security devices, and the Nest Hello Doorbell. The user can ask it questions or have it play YouTube videos or music. The device also features an adaptive brightness setting that adjusts the brightness to the current lighting conditions of the room. The Google Home Hub is priced at $149 on the Google Store, but will be in other stores at a later date.
Another product featured was a refresh of the Google Chromecast. The new 3rd generation Chromecast features an updated WiFi antenna design that reduces network latency and a Bluetooth antenna that allows for future controller support. The new Chromecast launches with the same price as previous generations for $35.
The Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate, and Google Home Hub all come with 6 months of YouTube Music Premium, a $59.94 plus tax value. It remains to be seen how all of these devices should work out and what is in store for future product generations.
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