At a press event Wednesday, Google unveiled its new hardware lineup headlined by the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones boasting a new squeeze feature and no headphone jack.

Before we get to it, watch this promotional video for a quick overview of the few new things made by Google: the Pixel 2, Home Mini and Home Max, the Pixelbook touchscreen notebook, wireless Pixel Buds, a tiny Clips camera and an improved Daydream View VR headset.

Read on for a brief description of the new gadgets.

Pixel 2 smartphones

The second-generation Pixel lineup includes both a five-inch (1080p LCD screen) Pixel 2 and a six-inch (Quad HD OLED screen) Pixel 2 XL with the same features in each model, including Android 8.0 Oreo, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new Active Edge feature that requires users to squeeze the device to invoke Google Assistant or use other gestures to quickly access common features.

Rather than use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 chip, the new Pixels use the same Snapdragon 835 chip found in Galaxy S8, LG V30 and OnePlus 5, and come outfitted with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. For the first time, however, the Pixels are dust and water-resistant.

The new Google smartphones have their own portraiture photography mode that achieves Apple-like depth-of-field effect with just one camera lens, thanks to Dual Pixel technology (the effect is available on both rear and front camera). Google boasted the fact that the new Pixels achieve a higher score of 98 from DxO than Apple’s latest iPhones.

The twelve-megapixel camera features both hardware and software optical image stabilization and is factory calibrated and optimized for ARCore, Google’s answer to Apple’s ARKit framework powering augmented reality experiences.

Other new features include a preview of Google Lens, the ability to recognize songs being played with on-device machine learning (no network connectivity needed whatsoever), always-on displays with 1000:1 contrast ratios and more.

In another dig at Apple, Google posted a video explaining how to switch from an iPhone.

Preorders for the $649 Pixel 2 and the $849 Pixel 2 XL start today. For a limited time, each Pixel 2 purchase will come with a free Google Home Mini, a $49 value, as well as free and unlimited Google Photos storage.

Pixelbook laptop

Pixelbook is a $999 hybrid notebook from Google running Chrome OS.

It features a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a ten-hour battery life, built-in Google Assistant an optional $99 stylus accessory and more. The convertible notebook can be folded into a tablet-only mode with the keyboard on the back.

With Fast Charge, a quick 15-minute charge gives you two hours of run time. The notebook is 10 millimeters thick and weighs in at 1kg. Preorders for the $999 device start today ahead of the October 31 launch.

The optional Pen stylus is an extra $99. Additional configurations with beefed up internals will be available soon.

Wireless Pixel Buds earphones

This is Google’s answer to AirPods.

Pixel Buds provide up to five hours of listening time on a single charge (each has a 120mAh cell) and come with a charging case with a built-in 620mAh battery that gives you a few multiple charges for up to 24 hours of listening time.

A quick ten-minute charge provides about one hour of listening time.

The Buds have a mic, an accelerometer sensor and a capacitive touchpad to invoke Google Assistant with a tap. There’s also a built-in translator feature that requires a Pixel phone.

Other features require at least Android 5.0 or iOS 10. Google Assistant functionality requires an Android 6.0 phone or higher with Google Play services and Google app version 6.13+.

Available in Black, White and Blue, the Pixel Buds are priced at $159 and are available today.

Home Mini & Max speakers

The latest additions to Google’s wireless speaker family, the new Home Mini and Home Max speakers feature Google Assistant, music streaming and other capabilities you’d expect from similar home appliances.

Covered in semi-transparent cloth, the budget-priced Home Mini is only $49 and has a touch surface, LED lights in “Google listening” colors and layout, plus a microphone switch.

Preorders for the diminutive Home Mini device start today ahead of October 19 in-store launch.

The premium $399 Home Max has a speaker system twenty times more powerful than the regular Home with two 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers, a pair of 0.7-inch tweeters and a new SmartSound technology that dynamically adapts the speaker to the room it is in.

It can be used horizontally or vertically. It works with other Google Home speakers and Chromecast devices, supports Google Cast, Bluetooth and auxiliary input and lets you stream music from YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora and iHeartRadio.

 

You can pair two Home Max speakers together for more powerful sound. Each Home Max purchase will come with a free 12-month subscription to YouTube Red, which includes an ad-free YouTube Music subscription.

You can join the waitlist today as the speaker won’t arrive before December.

Clips camera

Powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, this hands-free camera is aimed at parents and families who want to capture their kids’ and pets’ best moments. It constantly records and analyzes footage for seven-second moments to record, sending the clips to a phone while editing and curating them for you.

You activate the camera by twisting the lens and putting it down (a blinking light indicates it’s recording). Taking advantage of machine learning, it learns faces and even pets over time.

The $249 camera is coming soon.

Enhanced Daydream View VR headset

With premium two-toned fabric and custom-designed lenses, Google’s enhanced virtual reality headset gives you the widest field of view yet. It provides robust tracking even in low-light conditions, and 60 frames per second rendering of augmented reality objects.

Other perks include photo/video capture with playful emojis, dubbed AR Stickers (a Pixel-exclusive feature), branded content such as “Stranger Things” characters, the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” pack, the NBA Stars pack and the cast of “Saturday Night Live”.

Available in Fog, Charcoal and Coral finishes, the new Daydream View headset is available for preorder today at $99 ahead of its launch “later this year” in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, India, Italy, France, Spain, Japan and Korea.

From now until the end of the year, every purchase of Daydream View will come with a bundle of top games (US, UK and Korea only).

Your two cents?

Google is really invested in making its hardware as compelling as it can possibly be. What do you say, boys and girls? What new Google gadgets are you most impressed with, and why?

Plan on buying any of these?

Sound off in the comments below!

  • AOGV

    Google made a really great effort and succeeded in becoming the #2 phone in the world.

    Also I’ve never appreciated Phil Schiller more then I do now.

    • Siri Tim Cook Holness

      What’s #1?

      • AOGV

        What do you think?

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Probs iPhone or Galaxy idk definitely not iPhone 8 tho bc no1 wants it

      • AOGV

        Galaxy isn’t even close. Obviously it’s iPhone X

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Thought so

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Also tbh idk y ppl hate on the X like tbh I’d rather have a tiny notch than full chin and forehead they probs just hate it bc they can’t afford it xDD

      • AOGV

        The notch is to distinguish it from other phones. I can see Jony Ive sitting down and thinking how to make iPhone look different then other devices and this is what they agreed upon

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Ik and it’s better than full chin and forehead like I said people say it looks ugly but imo the full chin and forehead approach like pretty much every other company like Samsung does just make them smaller is worse

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Hopeless person.

      • Probably because it literally obscures videos and image should on the screencast. Some parts of what you’re viewing you cannot see due to the notch. This is not present on any other iPhone.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        People hate X because it is the shyttest iPhone ever.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        *best

      • Jay

        Thats dumb. The 8 looks just like the 6 on the phone and that phone sold more than any iPhone ever. It still sells now so you can say no1 wants it if people have it. No everyone does not want the “rip off” X. .

    • Satyam Panchal
      • AOGV

        what are you saying

      • Satyam Panchal

        nokia 1100 rocks xD

  • MMA Rules

    What’s up with those side bezels, remember the Chinese knock off that they were saying was supposed to be the iPhone 8? Here it is where Goggle copy from

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      Wow this design is sick. I wish iPhone 8 was really like this.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Still looks ugly still has bezels everyone wants X

      • Satyam Panchal

        why everyone want X does they miss there X. xD

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Not me, In fact X looks ugly as F with that notch. X is the ugliest iPhone ever made.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        *prettiest a tiny notch is better than full chin and forehead idiot

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        8 and 8 plus r ugly af with massive bezels

      • MMA Rules
  • Blacklight: Retribution

    Pre-ordered Google Pixel 2 XL black 128gb unlocked for full price.

  • Bram

    Probs iPhone or Galaxy idk definitely not iPhone 8 tho bc no1 wants it

    • I want it

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Bc ur stupid the 8 is so ugly with 10 mile bezels everyone wants X

  • ProllyWild

    I really wanted to finally try out the pixel 2 but it’s still not available in japan. Major disappointment. Of all the android phones this is the one I’m most interested in.