Today Google held their hardware event and unveiled it’s latest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, as well as a Pixelbook Go laptop, a second generation version of its Nest Mini and Nest Wifi connected home devices, and a followup to the Pixel Buds. The Pixel 4 has been one of the most leaked device and Google has happily confirmed some of the leaks.
Google Confirmed that its new gaming platform Google Stadia will be available from November 19th.
Google announced a Voice Recorder app that uses speech recognition and AI to transcribe lectures, meetings, interviews and more—and makes them easy for you to find later. (English only right now, with more languages to come.)
The Pixel 4 & 4XL
The Pixel 4 features a square camera bump similar to the iPhone 11 and features an 8MP camera on front, 12MP camera and 16MP (telephoto) on the back, including Dual Exposure Camera Controls and astrophotography. The cameras include Live HDR+ with machine learning to get the WYSIWYG on screen. Dual Exposure on the screen so you can adjust the exposure whilst you prepare the shot.
The Rear Camera records at:
- 1080p @ 30 FPS, 60 FPS, 120 FPS
- 720p @ 240 FPS
- 4K @ 30 FPS
The Front Camera records at:
- 1080p @ 30 FPS
A new feature this year is the ‘Motion Sense’ for controlling the device — change tracks, silence alarms and phone calls. We have also seen the next-generation Assistant.
The Pixel 4 has IR-based facial security in lieu of a fingerprint sensor. OLED Display, IP68 Waterproof rating. Titan M security module, Pixel Neural Core chip, and Android 10 with 3 years of software support. Pixel 4 buyers will get 3 months of 100GB on Google One. There are 3 colours: Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The Pixel 4 will start at $799 — the exact same prices as last year
Pixelbook Go laptop
The Pixelbook Go laptop has a handful of variants, all with a 13.3-inch touch screen and will have the same excellent scissor-switch keyboard as the Pixelbook. The laptop comes in Intel Core m3, i5, and i7 configurations with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage options. There is a 2MP front-facing camera that can capture 1080p at 60fps. There are two USB-C ports with LEDs, one on each side a 3.5mm headphone jack and is available in two colors: Just Black and Not Pink. Google has confirmed a price of £629 for the entry model.
Nest Mini (2nd gen)
The Nest Mini has been designed from recycled plastic bottles and have drastically increased maximum volume, improved audio quality including better bass, a built-in wall mount for hanging the device on a wall and a third Mic to hear you better in noisy environments. Proximity awareness that reveals the current volume. The nest mini has a similar, if not identical form factor and priced at $49 just like the first generation.
Nest Aware now comes at $6 a month or Nest Aware Plus at $12 a month no matter how many devices you have
Nest Wifi (2nd gen)
Google has rebranded it’s Google wifi to “Nest Wifi” and will be slightly more affordable than Google Wifi. There will be new ‘Nest Wifi Point’ beacons to go alongside the Nest Router to extend your network’s range. Nest Wifi Points double as Nest Mini-like Google Assistant speakers so you can play music, control smart devices and ask questions. The Google wifi is priced for a single Google Nest Wifi Router at $169, $269 for a two pack and $349 for a 3 pack.
The Pixel Buds will stay connected 3 rooms away indoors and has 5 hours listening time and 24 hours with it’s wireless charging case. The pixel buds fit almost flush with the ears making them less intrusive and includes a spacial vent underneath to allow ambient sounds in, they adjust automatically when going from a quiet to noisy environment.
Google says the “New Pixel Buds have been designed with you in mind: truly wireless, rich sound, clear calls, and an amazingly comfortable and stable fit” These will be available from the spring 2020 and are priced at $179.