The Google Pixel 3 is here!
October 9, 2018

Here is everything that was announced during the #MadebyGoogle event.

Google has just concluded its annual Made by Google event that has introduced new hardware and software updates to its current lineup. The third-generation devices promise to bring even better integration of software and hardware, just in time for Google’s 20th anniversary.

This year, the company is focusing on experience, security and digital wellbeing that is evident on the new line of devices. Google Assistant is better than ever, letting you ask any question with an immediate answer right after. There’s also the introduction of Titan Security, which is Google’s new security system that protects sensitive data on your device through stronger disk encryption. Lastly, Google has also introduced a new initiative towards digital wellbeing that aims to help you be less dependent on your gadgets.

Here’s a roundup of everything that was announced:

Google Pixel 3 – The recent leaks pretty much confirm the Pixel 3’s specifications and design. There are still two versions, the standard Pixel 3 with a 5.5-inch screen and a Pixel 3 XL with a 6.3-inch display.

Inside, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 CPU along with 4 GB of RAM and your choice of 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. It will come in colors of Just Black, Clearly White and Not Pink – we’re still not fans of how they named the colors.

The camera on the Pixel 3 has also been improved and along with that, there’s now two front facing cameras on the Pixel 3 XL that’s hidden on the notch. It will come with AI-powered features like Top Shot and Super Res Zoom.

And of course, it will come preloaded with Android 9 Pie.

Unfortunately, the UAE isn’t one of the markets the Pixel 3 is launching – so expect grey market prices to be disappointingly high. The Pixel 3 starts at $799.

Google Pixel Slate – Probably our favorite device to launch in the keynote, the new Pixel Slate is Google’s answer to a professional tablet. It’s powered by ChromeOS, the same OS powering Google’s line of Pixelbooks.

The Pixel Slate will have a 12.3-inch screen, with a design that mimics the Pixel smartphones. It will be powered by the latest 8th generation Intel processor with at least 4 GB of RAM and starting with 32 GB of storage.

It’s a more portable Pixelbook from the looks of it, but the 10-hour battery life should put it on par with tablets from other competitors.

It will also come with a Pixel Slate keyboard that will connect through a special connector on the Pixel Slate and yes, it will be sold separately.

Google Home Hub – Another device introduced is the Google Home Hub, an expansion of the Google Home smart speaker line that now includes a 7-inch display that’s also powered by Google Assistant. This ‘Smart Display’ can recognize different voices and lets you interact with Google Assistant in any way possible from looking up recipes or playing your favorite playlist.

It can also interact with different smart home accessories so for example, you can check who’s at the door since it’s compatible with different security cameras and door locks.

It lacks a camera, to which Google addressed to ease users with privacy concerns.

The Google Home Hub also includes full-range speakers at its back, making it a suitable upgrade from the first-generation Google Home.

All these devices should start shipping by October end – hopefully, we’ll get to see them in our region (officially) soon.

Let us know in the comments below which Google device are you most excited to see.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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