Here’s all the new hardware Google announced today

Lewis Collier
October 10, 2018

It is priced at a pretty reasonable $149. When a call comes in, three buttons come up - answer, reject, or screen call. This is not the first smart display to come to market, but it's the first to come through directly from Google. In other words, the Home Hub is very much a Google-looking smart display.

The camera, for instance, promises better low-light and close-up shots by using software to combine multiple shots taken in succession.

So are you game for the Echo Show's camera features and Amazon services, or tempted by the Google Home Hub's video-first mentality?

The Pixel Slate tablet runs Google's beefier Chrome OS laptop operating system rather than Android.

The Slate has a custom "molecular display", which is an LCD with a resolution of 3000 x 2000 and 400 nits of brightness. The front and rear of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It also only comes in one color-Midnight Blue. There is also an optional backlit keyboard accessory, along with a stylus.

On the AR side of things, Google is calling their new AR stickers and models Playground, and it will be launching soon with an exclusive Childish Gambino sticker to play with. An 8th Gen Core m3 and 8/64 GB is $799, a Core i5 and 8/128 GB is $999, and a Core i7 and 16/256 GB is a whopping $1,599. Pre-orders start from October 11 on Flipkart, Airtel's store, and at offline partners including Reliance Digital, Croma, Vijay Sales, and other leading stores across India.

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If you're wondering why Google didn't spend any time talking about the Chromecast on-stage during its announcement, it's probably because, well, there's not much to talk about. Whenever you take a new picture and it uploads to Photos, it'll pop up on Home Hub as long as one of the selected faces is included. There's no Bluetooth but just Wi-Fi 802.11ac. However, the latter feature won't launch until later this year.

Like previous versions, the new Chromecast is $35. This device will launch in a few weeks, but you can join a waitlist on the Google Store. Rick Osterloh, the Senior Vice President of Google products, claimed that Titan Security will facilitate screen-locking, as well as many other aspects of security on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Both phones have high-end specs including a Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of storage.

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL isn't a deal-breaker, of course. Lots of devices that've abandoned the headphone jack were released over the past couple of years with no reasonable wired alternative. If the Pixel 3 thinks it got a better shot than you, it'll pop up as a suggestion.

Second, Pixel users in the United States will be the first to get access to an experimental new Google Assistant feature, powered by Duplex technology, which helps you complete real-world tasks over the phone, like calling a restaurant to book a table.

Google also introduced the Pixel Stand, which serves as a wireless charger that turns the Pixel into a smart visual and audio experience that can be controlled by on-screen actions or by using voice commands.

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