Google announced a whole bunch of new tech last night during their live event. A lot of its tech was focused on AI, especially their new clip camera. Apart from the camera, they announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, a pair new headphones for their phones, Chromebook, a new VR wearable and a couple of new speakers.
Let’s have a look at each of the tech announced last night by Google.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Google’s new phones are completely different from what Apple and Samsung have to offer. Instead of curvey, Bazel-less, and flashy designs, Google is keeping things simple.
Both the phones are identical in design except the fact that one is larger than the other. The design is simplistic having only glass shades on the back for the antennas. Apart from that, it seems like a very straightforward design.
But because Google is going with a simple design doesn’t mean you won’t get a premium feeling when you hold the phone. Its aluminum finish makes it quite a pleasure to hold it in your hands. The phone is also available in three different colors for the Pixel 2 and two different for the Pixel 2 XL.
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Hardware
Both the phones are identical except for a few specifications changed here and there, with the most notable changes in battery and screens. Both have the same cameras, processors, dual speakers and other internal hardware. Here are the complete specifications of both the phones.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB or 128GB storage space
- Rear camera: 12.2MP, 1.4μm pixels
- Front camera: 8MP, 1.4μm pixels, f/2.4 aperture lens
- No headphone jack
- Bluetooth 5.0
Pixel 2 specs
- 2700 mAH battery
- 5 inch 1920 x 1080 AMOLED screen
- 143 grams weight
Pixel 2 XL specs
- 3520 mAH battery
- 6 inches 2880 x 1440 pOLED screen
- 175 grams weight
Google Pixel 2 Camera
Last year’s pixel phone had an amazing camera. Can the new phone live up to last year’s camera? Instead of going with dual lenses, Google is sticking with one lens on the back and 1 lens in the front.
Google pixel has a rear camera at 12.2MP, 1.4μm pixels, and a front camera 8MP, 1.4μm pixels, f/2.4 aperture lens.
Google has upgraded the camera with a dual-pixel sensor which in simple term means that every pixel is made of two smaller ones.
Image stabilization has been added to videos and photos. The aperture on the lens is now capable of letting more light in compared to last years.
Price and availability of Google Pixel 2/2XL
The Pixel 2 with 64 GB of storage will have a starting price tag of $649 and the Pixel 2 XL with the same storage will go for $849. Shelling another $100 will get you 128GB storage for both phones.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be available starting 19th October. Availability in Pakistan is still questionable but as always the phone will hit the market within 1 or 2 months of release.
Google is back with their Chromebook after having it discontinued last year. But this time, the new laptop has had more than just a name change. The new Google Pixelbook is a high $999 laptop that can be upgraded way up to a $1,649 model.
The new pixelbook is a stunning new piece of tech having a very well built body with a thin and beautiful design. The thin and beautiful laptop can be turned into a table when you flip the screen over.
But why would Google choose to build a system that crosses the $500 mark and has a Chrome OS? It’s because Chrome OS found a home with students in college and university. They are quite comfortable with the OS and are willing to buy anything Google has on stake with a Chrome OS.
For many year’s Apple has been doing the same with its MacBooks. Pixelbook hopes to get on the laps of students in many different universities and colleges. And they hope that the students will continue to use the Chrome OS after they have graduated just like they do with Macs.
Basic $999 model
- seventh-gen Intel Core i5
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB SSD storage
- 2 USB-C, headphone jack
- 0.41 x 11.43 x 8.69 inches
- 12.3-inch, 2400 x 1600 LCD Touchscreen,
- 720p front facing camera
- backlit keyboard
- Four microphones, two speakers
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 45W charger
As you spend more money, you can upgrade the storage, processor, and RAM of the laptop.
Google Clips Camera
Google clips is an intelligent new camera from Google. It is a small factor camera with a very minimalistic design. There are no displays on the back and no other controls to play around with.
So what makes the Google Clips so special? The camera is powered by machine learning. This means that it is capable of taking photos automatically when it detects certain elements in the scene.
For example, if you place it in front of you on a surface, the camera starts to detect the scene and the people in it. Once it detects certain elements like a smile or any other expression, it takes a photo.
The AI on the camera keeps learning as it starts to get used to a family. It will recognize the faces of your family, friends and even pets and then will start taking photos automatically when it detects something good is going on in the front.
It is an ideal camera especially if you want to take pictures that are perfectly timed.
With just a shutter button, lens and sensor, Google Pixel can be mounted on your pocket or put aside anywhere to do its job.
The camera is able to hold 2 days of full footage on its 16 GB of storage. Its 12-megapixel sensor is capable of taking high-quality photos and video under a 130-degree field of view.
Google Clips will be sold at around $249 a piece. It isn’t clear when it will be available.
Google’s answer to Apple’s Airpods come in the form of Pixel Buds, a pair of wireless headphones designed specifically for Google phones.
The Pixel Buds pick a lot of stuff from Apple Airpods. They’re wireless, easy to pair and come in a case that can charge them. They also use touch controls and an intelligent assistant helps you control some of its functions.
They’re also the same price as Airpods, $159. So what makes them different?
The Pixel Buds are not entirely wireless when compared to Apple’s headphones. They are more like neckbuds which hang on your neck but are connected to your device wirelessly.
You can control the headphones using a couple of gestures like tapping it makes it play or pause whatever you are listening to and swiping forward and backward increases and decreases the volume.
The actual purpose of the Pixel Buds is to get easier access to Google Assistant. You can hold your finger on the right earphone and start talking. You can then use various commands to control things on your phone via voice.
Google Daydream View 2
The second generation of Google’s Daydream View VR is essentially the same with a couple of hardware and design changes that makes it better.
The $99 VR will launch on October 19th and will have support for just about any phone on the market. The overall design has not been changed.
According to Google, the new VR headset has received a couple of hardware changes which gives it a performance boost. There are better optics installed on the headset with brand new materials. The results are a smoother view when the headset is worn.
Google Home Mini and Max
The Google Home Mini and Max are new home speakers from the tech giant. The mini is priced at $49 and is available in charcoal, coral and chalk colors. It is covered in fabric and only an inch tall. The sound output is pretty good for a speaker that is so small. It can also stream Bluetooth audio.
The Google Home Mini can be operated with your voice. All you have to say is OK Google and give it a command to play something, control volume or shut it down. There are no visible buttons on the speaker and it charges through a Micro USB port.
The Google Home Max is a bit more interesting than its little brother. The $399 stereo speakers are equipped with a 4.5 inches woofer and couple or tweeters to give it a solid sound.
The speakers come in two colors, black or white. Again with the home mini, you can control these speakers with your voice. Get it to play music or just stream through Bluetooth. The speakers are also equipped with AI which allows it to adapt to a space it has been put it. It adjusts the sound quality according to the room environment and position.