Google announced two new devices alongside the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The Google Home Hub is a new version Google Home that comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display and this new Google Assistant device is capable to streaming videos from YouTube and you can access other Google services such as Google Photos, Calendar, Maps and more.
The company also went ahead to launch a new ChromeOS tablet, the Google Pixel Slate which comes with a 12.3-inch display with support for Google Pixelbook Pen. The tablet is powered by Intel processors and you can choose from Intel Celeron, 8th Gen Intel Core m3, Core i5, Core i7 chips. The tablet will be sold in different variants such as the 4GB RAM with 32GB SSD version and you can also buy it with 8GB RAM and storage SSD options of 64GB and 128GB. The 16GB version will come with a 256GB SSD.
Google Home Hub
Let’s talk about the Google Home Hub first since it does a lot more interesting things as compared to a Google Home smart speaker. The Google Home Hub has a 7-inch touchscreen display and along with that Google has made sure that the device doesn’t have a camera so as to keep the customer’s life private.
You and five other people can save their voice profiles using Voice Match and they can have their own Google Home Routines running and it will just be like using a multi-user voice-based system. You can use Google Home Hub to set alarms, turn off lights and other home electronics like an AC, a TVs and with the right smart locks, you can also control the locks installed in your house.
Customers who buy Google Home Hub will be offered six months of YouTube Premium and you can purchase it in different colors options – Sand, Aqua, Chalk, and Charcoal. The Google Home Hub is priced at $149 in the United States and can be pre-ordered starting today. The official launch and sale of the device will start on 22nd October in the USA.
Google Pixel Slate
There were rumors about a new Chromebook that Google would launch with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL but it turns out the speculated device was a Chrome OS tablet with a screen with the size of 12.3-inches. The display will definitely attract people who enjoyed using the Nexus 10 back in the day.
Google has added access to the Google Play Store on the tablet which means you will be able to use Android apps on this tablet with ease. The tablet is merely 7mm thick and comes with different variants of Intel processor, RAM, and storage. You get a set of dual front-facing speakers to enhance media experience on the tablet and for security, Google has added the Titan security chip to encrypt your personal information on the tablet.
Google Pixel Slate also has a fingerprint sensor that doubles up as a power button for the tablet. On the battery side, Google promises a mixed battery life of 12 hours with uses such as web browsing, idling, and media consumption. You can use a Google Pixelbook Pen with the tablet and if you want a laptop experience, you can buy a Google Pixel Slate Keyboard for the tablet that comes with round Hush keys and a large trackpad. The keyboard sleeve also has a dedicated Google Assistant button, so that’s a plus.
Google Pixel Slate specifications
- 12.3-inch () display with a resolution of 3000×2000 pixels; 293 PPI LCD display; 400 nits brightness, 72% NTSC color gamut
- Intel Celeron Processor; 8th Gen Intel Core m3; Core i5; Core i7
- 4GB RAM with 32GB SSD; 8GB RAM with 64GB SSD; 8GB RAM with 128GB SSD; 16GB RAM with 256GB SSD
- Chrome OS
- 8MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and autofocus
- 8MP front camera with f/1.9 aperture
- Pixel Imprint Fingerprint Sensor; a Dedicated microcontroller for on-device security; Titan C security chip
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz), 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.2, Two USB-Cs for charging, 4K display output and quicker data transfer
- Dual front-firing speakers for better surround sound, 2 mics for improved noise cancellation
- 48Wh battery with up to 12 hours of mixed use, 45W (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A) fast charging
Google Pixel Slate – Price and Variants
You can buy the Google Pixel Slate in Midnight Blue color which starts at $599 for the 4GB RAM and 32GB SSD option. Check the other variants and their prices below.
- Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB RAM with 32GB Storage / 8GB RAM with 64GB Storage starts at $599
- 8th Gen Intel Core m3 Processor, 8GB RAM with 64GB Storage at $799
- 8th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM with 128GB Storage at $999
- 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM with 256GB Storage at $1,599
Accessories like the Google Pixel Slate Keyboard can be bought at $199 and the Pixelbook Pen costs $99 extra and can be bought from the Google Online Store.