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Everything About the Google’s ‘Made by Google Event 2018’

After the launch of the new Apple iPhones, all eyes were on Google’s annual hardware event, the “Made by Google Event 2018”. The event took place on the 9th of October 2018 in New York, as per the schedule. As expected, a slew of new products has made their appearance in the event.

However, as usual, the main attraction of the event was the new range of Pixel phones – Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL. Let’s find out more about the new pixel phones as well as the other products that Google has unveiled on 9th October.

Google Pixel 3

Of the two pixel phones, Pixel 3 is the smaller model with a 5.5-inch
HDR-capable, FHD+ OLED display.  As expected, it runs on the Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It will come with 4GB of RAM.

The Pixel 3 will include a 2915 mAh battery and sport a 12.2 MP rear camera. At the front, the phone sports dual camera 8-megapixel camera and a super-sensor.

To take care of the graphical functions, it will include the Adreno 630 GPU. The phone is to offer 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. Both Pixel 3 and 3XL phone will come in three color variants – Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink.

In India, pre-order will start from 11th October. The price of the Pixel 3 will start at $799 and £739. In India, the base model, i.e., the 64GB variant is going to be available at Rs 71,000, while the 128GB storage variant will cost Rs 80,000. 

Google Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 XL is the annual flagship model and therefore, it is larger than the Pixel 3. The display of the Pixel 3 XL is larger than that of the Pixel 3. It features a 6.3-inch HDR-capable, QHD+ touchscreen with ultra-thin bezels. 

As expected, another major update is a larger notch in the Pixel 3 XL to house two front-facing sensors. On the back, you will find the standard 12.2-megapixel single camera, just like the Pixel 3. It also sports dual 8-MP front camera.

You will find camera features like Group Selfies, Top Shot, and Night Sight in both Pixel 3 and 3XL. Google Lens has been incorporated into the cameras of these phones.

Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will have an all-glass back. Like Pixel 3, it runs on the Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. 

The phone will include a 3430 mAh battery and a number of sensors. The graphical performance will be taken care of by the Adreno 630 GPU. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and offers an onboard storage of 64GB and 128GB.

Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL offer unlimited storage with photos, although they do not have the micro SD card slot. The price of the Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 and £869. In India, the 64GB variant will cost Rs 83,000 and the 128GB variant will cost Rs 92,000. The sale of both Pixel 3 and 3XL will start from November 1. 

Other Products Launched

Google Home Hub

So, the Google Home Hub, a smart display device designed to work with Google Assistant, has been finally launched. The device looks like a tablet with a 7-inch screen mounted on a speaker base. So, it will be not too large nor too small. It will be available in four color variants.

Like most speakers, it can handle everyday functions like issuing commands, placing calls, giving relevant information, or playing music, etc. It can identify different users with the help of the voice-matching function. It will also be able to access Google photos. But the device does not include a camera.

The device has an Ambient EQ feature that enables it to respond to ambient light in the room automatically. During the night, Hub can also automatically turn off the light. The restricted mode of the device gives parents granular control on the device. Google has also introduced HomeView, Home app, and new Live Albums in the device. The Live Albums gets automatically updated whenever a user captures a new picture.

Another attractive feature of the device is the new Google Home app, which enables users to control his or her home within this single app, instead of using multiple apps. Google Home Hub is going to cost $149. It is available for pre-order from October 9, while its sale will start from October 22 in the US, UK, and Australia. 

Google Pixel Slate

Another device that made its debut in the Google event is the Pixel slate, the first Chrome OS tablet from Google. It is a really sleek device  coated in a gorgeous Midnight Blue color. The device features a bright display with 293ppi. It uses a low custom polycrystal technology.

It has a 12.3-inch panel surrounded by slim bezels. Users can expect a better battery life, up to ten hours of use between charges, as per the claims made by Google. There are two USB-C ports in the device, along with two microphones, a custom keyboard connector, a fingerprint scanner on the power button. 

The device has two front-facing speakers and  8MP front and rear camera. You will find the portrait mode in the camera app. You will also get three months of YouTube TV with Pixel Slate. It will cost 
$599 to $1,699.

The base model, which will cost $599 is powered by an 8th Gen Celeron processor. It comes with 4GB of RAM and offers 32GB of storage. The model that is going to cost $999 comes with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

Google PixelBook 2

This is going to be the follow-up to the last year’s Pixelbook. There is not much information about this device. In fact, it is not clear whether this updated version of last year’s Pixelbook will make its appearance in the 9th October event.

All that we know at this point is that it is likely to come with a high-resolution 4K display and a Sony IMX208 front-facing camera. We can also expect a few other hardware tweaks.

Google Pixel Stand

Both Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL offer wireless charging, and Google has, therefore, launched an accessory to support that – the Google Pixel Stand. It will allow you to charge your phone wirelessly while it stays in the portrait or landscape mode.

It can be used to charge any Qi-compatible device, apart from the pixel phones. In fact, Google has included some smart display or Google Assistant function in the device. The USB-C port is placed at the bottom of the device.

When it is docked at night, it can automatically switch the phone into ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. It can provide weather, traffic, and calendar information as well. So, the device is essentially a wireless charging dock but provides Assistant-related functionality when the phone is docked. The pixel stand will be available at the price of $79.

So, this is all about the Google event and the products that were launched yesterday. Some of the rumored products like the Pixel Buds 2, however, were not launched in the event.

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