Every October, Google hosts 'Made by Google' event to showcase the new gadgets it has been working on through the year. On 9th of this October, the company officially took the veils off Pixel 3 and a bigger Pixel 3 XL smartphone to take on the likes of flagship devices by Apple and Samsung. Google also introduced a new convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook - the Pixel Slate and the Home Hub - its own smart display that is equipped with Google Assistant.
The launch event was kicked off Rick Osterloh, Google's Senior Vice President of hardware who announced all the artificial intelligence (AI) tools that the Pixel 3 would use with the help of Google Assistant. The premium Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were introduced alongside a host of other hardware that will add to the tech giant's smart home devices.
"They come at the intersection of AI, software and hardware working together. This approach is what makes Google's hardware experience so unique and it unlocks all kinds of helpful benefits," Osterloh said.
The company also said that the devices have been designed from the inside out to be the smartest, "most helpful device in your life".
Pixel 3 And Pixel 3 XL
The Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display with 2,160 x 1080 resolution while the bigger Pixel 3 XL sports a 6.3-inch OLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution. Both have an aspect ratio of 18:9.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL runs Android 9.0 Pie. They both come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and feature Always-on Display technology. The devices are powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4 cores clocked at 2.5GHz and 4 cores clocked at 1.6GHz), paired with Adreno 630 GPU. The handsets are equipped with 4GB RAM.
Google's embraced the notch for the bigger Pixel 3 XL and both the smartphones now come with 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras. Both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature a 12.2MP single sensor on the rear and feature exclusive in-camera Google Lens suggestions that work real-time.
Both the devices are available in 64GB and 128GB onboard storage options and Google is also promising unlimited online storage for photographs and videos until January 31, 2022.
Google Pixel 3 packs a 2915mAh battery while the Pixel 3 XL comes with a 3430mAh battery. In terms of dimensions, Pixel 3 measures 68.2x145.6x7.9mm and weighs 148 grams, whereas Pixel 3 XL measures 76.7x158x7.9mm and weighs 184 grams.
Notably, the overall design of both the flagships, from the rear, look almost the same as its predecessor's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and Google has opted for a single rear camera on both.
The Pixel 3 will cost Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant. The Pixel 3 XL will be available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model. The pre-orders for the devices begin on October 11 in India.
2-In-1 Chromebook - The Pixel Slate
The convertible Pixel Slate can be switched from a tablet to a laptop by using the detachable keyboard. Pixel Slate Keyboard connects to the Pixel Slate at the bottom, to convert it into a laptop. Pixel Slate is Google's first tablet to run on Chrome OS and it offers up to 10 hours of battery life, dual front-facing speakers, touchscreen smart display, and supports Pixelbook Pen.
Pixel Slate features a 12.3-inch (2000x3000 pixels) touchscreen display. It has round edges and sports dual front speakers. Powered by eighth gen Intel Core m3, Core i5, i7, or Celeron processors, Pixel Slate is paired with 4GB/8GB/16GB of RAM options. It comes with 32GB/64GB/128GB/256GB inbuilt storage options.
The 2-in-1 Chromebook sports 8MP rear and front cameras with f/1.8 and f/1.9 apertures respectively. The tablet packs a 48Whr battery that claims to last up to 10 hours on a single charge and supports fast charging as well. Pixel Slate comes in 202.04x290.85x7mm dimensions and weighs 721 grams.
Pixel Slate is priced starting at $599 (approximately Rs 44,500) and is available in Midnight Blue colour. Pixel Slate keyboard is priced at $199 (approximately Rs 14,800), and Pixelbook Pen is priced at $99 (approximately Rs 7,340).
Google Home Hub
Google Home Hub is the company’s latest smart speaker featuring a screen. It comes with an ambient light sensor and a display that adjusts according to the conditions. Google Assistant is deeply integrated on the Home Hub for a personalised experience. The Home Hub features ‘Voice Match’ which recognises voice commands of different users. You can watch YouTube videos or listen to music on Home Hub. Google Home Hub comes in four colour options. The device is priced at $149 (approximately Rs 11,000).