Here's All the New Stuff Google Announced Today

By Harrison Weber on at

Google’s attempt at a splashy Pixel 3 launch event today may have been dulled by some of more thorough product leaks in recent memory, but luckily the company had a bit more to talk about than a couple of iterative smartphone updates. Here’s a rundown of everything Google announced today, as well as some of the things it didn’t. If you wanted a pair of fancy, new Pixel Buds or a Pixel Watch, then tough luck, dear friends. Maybe Google will hook you up next time.

Pixel 3 and 3XL

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Surprise, surprise. We got a pair of new Pixels, as expected. Google’s new, notchless Pixel 3 boasts a 5.5-inch display and will set you back £739 (a premium over last year’s Pixel 2). The larger, notchy Pixel 3 XL comes with a 6.3-inch display and starts at £869—still £131 less than Apple’s iPhone XS. New features include an imaging chip called the Pixel Visual Core and a hue dubbed “Not Pink.” There’s also an official charging stand, which is more than Apple can say for itself.

Pixel Slate

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Google’s newest Chrome OS device is the £740 Pixel Slate. This tablet is cheaper than last year’s Pixelbook, but it’s certainly no budget device. It’s also thinner than the Pixelbook—at 7mm, comes with a familiar keyboard with weird, round keys, and it features a better display—at 293 ppi (3,000 x 2,000 pixels).

Home Hub

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Google’s first display bolted to a smart speaker is real, costs £139, and it’s available for preorders today with a 22 October ship date. It’s available in a few nice colours (green, pink, dark grey, and white) and comes with one big selling point over Amazon’s and Facebook’s alternatives: built-in YouTube.

What We Didn’t Get

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Absent from today’s keynote was... a whole mess of stuff that would have been pretty neat to try out today. We didn’t get that pair of updated, fully wireless Pixel Buds we heard about. Google didn’t talk about its new, third-generation Chromecast device during the event either, though the company refreshed it anyway on its website with a slightly tweaked design. Also missing were any hints at a Google-built smartwatch, though we were warned not to expect anything new on that front this year.