9 October, Google held its annual presentation Made by Google on the new devices. Among the announcements: smartphones Pixel 3, a hybrid tablet, smart display, and more. All in good time.
Pixel 3 and 3 XL
Unfortunately, in terms of smartphones, the presentation went without surprises. Google introduced the 5.5-inch Pixel 3 with a healthy framework around the display and a 6.3-inch Pixel 3 XL with the «eyebrow», which created a sensation even before the presentation.
Both smartphones are equipped with the flagship Snapdragon processor 845, 4 GB RAM, 64/128 GB ROM, main camera 12.2 MP (f/1.8) and dual front-facing module 8+8 MP (f/1,8+f/2,2). Battery capacity 2915 mAh amount from the Pixel 3 and a 3430 mAh from Pixel 3 XL.
As in the case with the previous generation Pixel, the new Google smartphone has again focused on the camera. Pixel 3 and 3 XL got a special night mode Night Sight and a few «chips» on the basis of artificial intelligence, as the automatic shutter release when a good moment or a selection of the best HDR picture. In addition, you can now configure the amount of blur in portrait shots.
From the rest of the chips: 3.5 mm audio Jack is missing again, there was wireless charging, Android Pie out of the box, brand security chip Titan M, protection against water and dust to standard IP68.
In selling smartphones will be by the end of October at a price of 799 dollars (~53 100 rubles) for Pixel 3, and $ 899 (~59 700 rubles) in the case of Pixel 3 XL.
Specifically for smartphones Pixel 3 Google has developed a 10-Watt station wireless charging Stand for Pixel, with which the smartphone turns into smart display: displays the reminders, tubes and other useful information.
Until recently, the latest tablet developed by Google, was Pixel C on Android, presented in 2015. The situation corrects Pixel Slate. And no, Android tablets will remain «dead», but Chrome OS is a different thing.
Pixel Slate — hybrid 12.3-inch tablet on Chrome OS with a fingerprint scanner, front camera of 8 MP with the regime of portraiture, a detachable keyboard and a stylus.
The display resolution is 3000×2000 pixels, as the processor available Celeron/i5/i7 processors, supplemented by up to 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB ROM and a proprietary security chip Titan M.
Google has updated the Chrome OS interface for more convenient operation with touch screen. Despite the «mobile» design of the OS, the browser were desktop. There is a split screen into two parts and, of course, Google Assistant.
On the bottom of the tablet is magnetic connector for the keyboard cover with backlight, touchpad and adjustable tilt display.
Sale Pixel Slate together with accessories will begin before the end of this year. The cost of the tablet starts from $ 599 (~39 800 rubles) for the version at 4/32 GB Celeron CPU, while the i7 16/256 GB will cost $ 599 1 (~105 600 rubles).
As for accessories: $ 199 (~13 200 rubles) for the keyboard folio and the $ 99 (about 6 900 rubles) for the stylus.
In the framework of the presentation was submitted to smart display Home Hub. The device is equipped with 7-inch touchscreen display and Google assistant.
The device combines the functions of frames and smart speakers. Unlike the latter category of devices, the Home Hub can visualize the search queries that are useful, for example, when searching for recipes.
Sale Home Hub will begin in late October at a price of 149 USD (~9 900 rubles).
Google has not addressed this in the presentation, but the basic version of media player Chromecast has also received an upgrade.
The resolution remained at the same level (1080p), but «grown up», framerate up to 60 fps. According to statements by Google’s new Chromecast works 15 percent faster.
The change list closes support the synchronization of audio playback with other devices in the ecosystem Google. As for specs: the Wi-Fi module (2.4/5GHz), a microUSB port, HDMI connector.
Updated Chromecast in the black and white matte color is already sold in the US at a price of $ 35 (~2 300 rubles).