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Google Hardware Event: All the Highlights | Pixel 4, Pixel Buds 2 and More Announced


As planned, the Google Hardware Event went down yesterday in New York. We anticipated many announcements on the company’s hardware side. No disappointments, Google announced several of its upcoming hardware devices that the company plans to launch sooner or later.

The Google Hardware Event live stream was happening, but I know that the event was too long – and boring, you couldn’t afford to watch it all. For that matter, here is a simplified version of all the major announcements covered by the company.

Google Pixelbook GO

Google Pixelbook GO. Photo/The Verge

Pixel book Go is the latest iteration of the first-generation Chromebook. Unlike previous generations, this year’s Pixelbook gets a standard laptop design. Pixelbook 4 sports a 13.3-inch display with touch support presented in a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen comes in two versions – a HD and a 4K variant. Priced at $649, Pixelbook Go features the following; two USB-C ports, a built-in Titan-C security chip, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB, or up to 256GB of storage.

The low-end variant Pixel Go runs on Intel’s m3, but you can also get a Core i5 or a Core i7 model. There are two colors to choose from; Black or Note Pink. Other highlights of the new generation Chromebook included a rippled bottom for a comfortable grip and hushed keys for quiet typing.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

The most leaked, but again most anticipated phones of the year were also announced. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 Xl feature a 5.7-inch 1080p OLED display and a 6.3-inch QHD+ OLED display, respectively. The devices come in two memory variants, 6GB RAM paired with either 64GB or 128GB ROM, which is non-expandable.

Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC. On the camera side, there is a 12MP f/1.7 primary camera and a 16MP telephoto lens with a 2x zoom capability. There is no ultra-wide lens here. It will cost you $799 for the standard Pixel 4 and $899 for the base model of the Pixel 4 XL. The phones come in three colors – black, orange and white.

Pixel Buds

Google’s Pixel Buds 2. Photo/CNET

It has become a norm that smartphone companies are making their headphones. It doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon. Google also followed suit announcing its earphones dubbed Pixel buds or Pixel Buds 2 (second generation).

The main highlights of these earphones included; hands-free access to Google Assistant, noise-isolation, sensors to pick ambient noise, and automatically adjust speaker volume and microphone range. Plus, connectivity range up to three rooms indoors, outdoor connection range to a stretch of a football field, and five hours battery life on a single charge.

Google described the Pixel Buds as “floating computers in your ear.” Google Pixel Buds 2 will be available in six months selling at $179.

Nest Mini

Photo/CNET

Part of the new hardware updates included a newly refreshed successor of Google Home Mini Speaker – Nest Mini. The latest iteration features a smaller speaker than the predecessor made entirely of recyclable material. At only $49, Nest Mini delivers a few improvements, including a new, improved processor and machine learning chip, a wall mount hook on the back, three microphones, and last but not much important, a new color option (sky blue).

With the machine learning chip, Nest Mini will remember and store your commands locally, making it easy to execute them. With Ultra Sound Sensing, the speaker emits inaudible chirps to tell whether someone is around. Lastly, Nest Mini speaker has two new LED lights on the sides for volume control.

Google Stadia Update

Google Stadia – Apple’s Arcade competitor will be launching on November 19th and will be coming first on the newly announced Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. You can read more about Google Stadia here.

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