Aside from the central star of today’s Google event, the Pixel 2 phone line, the company revealed a set of new devices that should give us more freedom and ease of access in the modern world of smart gadgets.
Let’s start with two new smart speakers, the Google Home Mini and Google home Max. The mini is a chopped down version of the Google Home sporting a few essential features, access to your Google Assistant, and without music playback capabilities (you have to stream music to another speaker) for $49.
On the other side, we have the Google home Max, a huge and powerful speaker with AI features. The thing is equipped with dual 4.5-inch woofers and two tweeters, pushing up music quality and offering users a Google Assistant-enabled speaker with excellent audio quality.
The Home Max can attune to every room you put it in thanks to its Smart Sound Feature powered by AI, and the speaker supports most music streaming services (Google Play Music, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, and more). There are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and the Home Max comes with line-in. The giant Google Assistant-enabled speaker sports a price of $399.
Now, let’s talk about the new Pixelbook. The new laptop comes with a web-based Chrome OS (supporting all Android apps) and can be used as a tablet thanks to its 2-in-1 capability. The device looks incredible with its sharp lines, thin frame, metallic keyboard, and superb display. Google even claims the Pixelbook is the thinnest laptop ever to be made (its frame is just 10mm thick).
As for the hardware, the laptop is equipped with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, it can have up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, and it comes with a 12.3-inch QuadHD (1,440p) display. The battery should provide up to 10 hours of uptime, and it supports fast charging via USB-C port. The basic version costs $999 (core i5, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD), and for $99 more you can have the new Pixel Pen that packs plenty of smart features and is excellent for Pixelbook’s touchscreen.
Next, we have Google Clips, a wearable camera powered by AI. It uses AI features to automatically capture photos and videos, choosing the best and most interesting images and videos. We don’t know much about the AI features, but it seems the camera is capable of recognizing faces and movement in order to take shots and photos by itself. The camera features 12MP (f/2.4) and is capable of taking stills, animated photos, and videos.
The “smart capture” feature will drain the battery in three hours, and the camera can automatically connect and send photos and videos to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can get Google Clips for $249
And finally, there are Pixel Buds, new wireless earbuds perfect with the headphone jack-less Pixel 2. The Pixel Buds support live translation in more than 40 languages, support Google Assistant, and come with a loop made of fabric for better security. The price is $159.