All of the internet is aflutter with news of the Google Pixel 2. Underneath all the hullaballoo, Google has also launched a trio of other devices you might have missed. Here are the three gadgets you should also be talking about besides the phenomenal Pixel 2.
Google Home Mini/Max
Despite being out in the public consciousness for quite some time now, the concept of IoT is still hard to grasp both on a technical and a financial level. Google hopes to democratize the experience by launching a compact version of its IoT system—the Google Home Mini.
Similar to Amazon’s Echo Dot, the Home Mini is a speaker that cuts back on music quality to maximize voice command capabilities. It sports a fashionable, cloth-covered pillbox design that can be linked wirelessly throughout an entire house.
For hardier users, Google has also launched a bigger Google Home Max version which puts back music playback with two 4.5-inch subwoofers and a 3.5mm audio port.
The Mini retails for $49 and will be available starting October 19 while the Max retails for $399 and will be available in December.
The Google Chromebook is back! This time, it’s back with a vengeance with premium specs and an even more premium price tag. Equipped with a 360-degree hinge, the Pixelbook can be configured for both laptop and tablet modes.
The high-end laptop comes with a 12.3-inch display (at 3:2 resolution), Intel 7th generation processors, and upwards of 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage. Rather than Siri or Cortana, the Pixelbook will come with a dedicated Google Assistant built in.
At an additional $99, Pixelbook also supports the Pixelbook Pen, a stylus that offers only 10ms of latency and pressure/angle support.
The Pixelbook itself starts at $999 and will be available starting October 31.
Google Daydream View
Google’s VR technology is far cry away from its Cardboard roots. The new Google Daydream View, however, offers only some slight improvements over its most recent predecessor. The headset initially started as an exclusive for Pixel users. With the launch of the new Daydream View, Google’s VR technology is now also compatible with more Android phones, most notably the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the upcoming LG V30.
The cloth-covered headset costs $99 and now comes in charcoal, fog, and coral colors. It launches on October 19.
Pixelbook photo courtesy of Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla