Google’s all-important hardware event has just gotten over and in addition to the Pixel smartphones, the tech giant also announced a smart home device and the Google Pixel Slate, which is the company’s first 2-in-1 in almost three years. Let’s take a detailed look at each.
Dubbed as a rival to Amazon’s Echo Show, the Home Hub joins Google’s ever-expanding list of smart home devices, which includes Google Max, Home and Mini. It Home Hub comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and an in-built microphone powered by Google Assistant, using which you’ll be interacting with the device. It’s basically designed to be talked to and can also be used to control other smart home products such as lights and switches, in addition to playing music, setting alarms and doing other basic stuff using voice commands. However, the device can’t be used for browsing the web.
The Google Home Hub is available in blue, yellow-ish, white and grey-ish colour options and is priced at $149(~Rs 11,000). Its pre-orders start today, while the deliveries will begin from October 22nd in US, UK, and Australia.
Google is taking another shot at the Pixel tablet after a gap of almost three years. The Pixel Slate is a 12.3-inch Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard cover and stylus pen, which makes it look almost like a laptop. It comes with 8th Gen Intel processors on the inside that go up to Core i7, paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There are also USB Type-C ports on either side of the device, along with 8-megapixel cameras on the front and back. It also includes a fingerprint sensor built into the power button. The base model of Google Pixel Slate will cost $599 (~Rs 44,000), and is expected to go on sale later this year.
Google has finally joined the notch brigade with the Pixel 3 XL, which comes with a 6.3-inch display and 82 percent screen to body ratio. The regular Pixel 3 on the other hand, features a 5.5-inch screen, with the standard bezels on top and bottom. The main focus however is on the camera, which again seems to the single best part of the Pixel 3. Both devices have a single 12.2MP camera on the rear, but they feature dual 8MP cameras on the fascia, with one being a wide-angle lens, designed for better group selfies.
Google has also added a number of new camera features including Top Shot, Super res zoom and motion tracking autofocus along with a new low-light mode. The base model with 64GB storage of the Pixel 3 starts at Rs 71,000, while the Pixel 3 XL starts from 83,000. The 128GB variant of both the devices will cost Rs 80,000 and Rs 92,000, respectively. Both handsets will be going on sale from November 1st in India.