“Here are the top announcements made by Google at the Pixel 3 launch event”
Google finally unveiled its latest Pixel 3 smartphones on Tuesday, and even though the handsets managed to grab the majority of the spotlight at the event, the search giant also introduced some other new products at the occasion. In case you missed the event, we have you covered. Here are the top announcements made by Google at the Pixel 3 launch event.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
As you might expect, the stars of the night were the two new Pixel smartphones. Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Pixel 3 packs a 5.5-inch FHD+ display, while the XL model will be shipping with a 6.3-inch QHD+ display with a notch up top. The handsets claim to offer a photography experience that’s superior to any other phone on the market. Apart from the clear advantages that AI brought along to the previous Pixel phones, some new features like Top Shot, Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight can possibly make the new models the best options for smartphone photography in the market.
Apart from the camera sensors, the handset comes with smart features across the board to help you with day-to-day usage. For example, the Screen call feature enables users to let AI handle their calls for them and intervene at any point by seeing the transcription on the screen.
The new tablet from Google has been part of several leaks lately and comes with a 12.3-inch display with an impressive pixel density of 293ppi. The tablet features dual front-firing speakers and runs ChromeOS out of the box. The search giant has claimed that the UI for the tablet has been optimised for a touchscreen experience. The Pixel Slate comes with an 8MP rear camera and an 8MP wide-angle sensor at the front for a better video-calling experience. The cameras on the tablet notably come with Portrait mode support.
The power button is integrated with a fingerprint sensor and for security, there is built-in virus protection, as per the company. Further, the tablet comes with a support for a folio keyboard and Pixelbook Pen, which can be bought separately. This keyboard is backlit and can attach with the tablet seamlessly.
Google Home Hub
The Google Home Hub is the newest addition to the Home family of smart devices from the search giant, which already includes Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. With the Google Home Hub, you get a 7-inch touchscreen display and far-field microphones to receive your commands from anywhere in the vicinity. The Home Hub can be connected to other smart devices like the Nest Cam, smart lights or TVs. With the Voice Match functionality, the device is capable of identifying different users and displaying the available data accordingly.
The smart speaker can also work as an interactive digital photo frame using the Google Photos app.
Apart from the new gadgets, Google also announced a new wireless charger for its smartphones called the Pixel Stand. As you might expect, the new handsets can be charged using the accessory wirelessly, with or without a protective case.
As the new accessory is certified for Qi charging standard, other phones like the iPhone XS can also be charged with the new Pixel stand.
Third-generation Google Chromecast
After a long wait, Google on Tuesday finally launched the third-generation Chromecast. Apart from minor changes to the design, the streaming device has also received some noticeable improvements. Users will now be able to stream 1080p videos at 60fps. The last generation Chromecast streamed only 720p videos at this framerate.
Apart from this, the third-generation Chromecast can also work like Chromecast Audio, and allows users to play music in sync with other speakers that are connected to the search giant’s smart devices. Although the improvements are minor, at least we have received an upgraded model of the popular streaming accessory.
That’s a roundup of the major hardware announced at the Pixel 3 event.