Top Announcements From The Google Pixel 3 Event

On: October 10, 2018

The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL might have been the showstoppers at today’s Google event, but the company has also launched other equally compelling devices. In accordance with the rumors and the leaks, Google unveiled the Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub smart display and Google Chromecast third-generation as well. Let us walk you through the major announcements at today’s Google event.

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired to 4GB of RAM. Google lets you choose between 64GB and 128GB of storage. While the Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch full HD+ display, the Pixel 3 XL gets a larger 6.3-inch QHD+ screen with a notch.

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL continue with a single 12MP rear camera unit, however, both the devices now get a dual 8MP front cameras with a wide field of view. Google Lens is now baked directly into the Pixel camera as well. The wireless charging feature on the new Pixels also deserves a shoutout. Prices for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL start at Rs 71,000 and Rs 83,000 respectively.

Google Home Hub

So we finally get to see a Google Home with a display. The Google Home Hub is a conscious attempt by Google to step up its smart speaker game. The Home Hub resembles a tablet slapped on to a large speaker, and that is because the rectangular touch screen is placed on a speaker that doubles up as a kickstand. Google claims that it intentionally left out a camera to weed out any privacy concerns. Furthermore, the Home Hub sports an Ambient EQ feature that uses dedicated sensors to fine-tune colours and brightness of the display.

Moving on, the Hub can recognise who it is speaking to and thus offer a personalised experience. This device can be used to access a library of recipes or to get a head start with your appointments for the day. Google claims to have optimised the YouTube experience for the Home Hub and is also offering six months of YouTube Premium. This one retails at $149.

Pixel Slate

To begin with, the Pixel Slate features a 12.3-inch display and sports front firing speakers. Google has also added 8-megapixel front and rear cameras for video chats. As expected, the Pixel Slate runs Chrome OS. Other specifics include a dedicated Google Assistant key, fingerprint sensor baked into the power button, Titan Security and a keyboard folio (optional accessory) that features a Surface-style kickstand. Google has priced the Pixel Slate at $599 onwards and the keyboard case at $199.

Refreshed Pixelbook Pen

Google has refreshed the Pixelbook Pen and the upgrade now comes in a new Midnight Blue color. The Pixelbook Pen retains its two-tone design, and button near the tip can be used to highlight images and text for Assistant to analyse. The Pen also comes with pressure sensitivity, tilt support, and reduced lag. Google is also supplying Pen replacement tips via its store. The Pixel Pen is powered by a single AAAA battery. The Pixelbook Pen is priced at $99.

Pixel Stand

The latest crop of Pixel smartphones come equipped with wireless charging. The Pixel Stand is Google’s wireless charging pad that also doubles up as a stand for the Pixel devices and retails at $79. It supports charging of up to 10W and can charge all Qi compatible devices.