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Google held their Pixel event today, which still contained a few surprises despite the flurry of leaks that precedes any major press event. This is Google's second year making hardware, and they seem to be coming out strong. Scroll on down to read about the new Pixel phones, Pixelbook, new models of the Google Home device, Google Daydream, and a new camera they're calling Google Clips. Okay, that's enough "Google" for the first paragraph. Here's the major stuff from the Google event. Well, I said it again.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Pixel Phones, Pixelbooks, and More From The Google Event

Let's start here, at the event's namesake. Both phones will use Snapdragon 835 processors and come equipped with 4GB of RAM. They both also have the same 12.2-megapixel rear cameras, a camera that uses autofocus with laser and dual-pixel phase detection, as well as optical image stabilization. The front carries a fixed-focus 8-megapixel camera. Both have USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and the same speaker specs, but no headphone jack or wireless charging.

Where they do differ is in size, with the Pixel 2 having a bigger battery and a 6-inch screen with 2880 x 1440 smart OLED resolution. The Pixel has a slightly smaller 5-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 OLED resolution. The Pixel 2 will come in "kind of blue," "just black," and "clearly white."

The phones are now available for pre-order for an October 19th release. The 64GB model of the phones will cost $649 and $849, respectively. The 128GB option will go for $749 and $949.

Finally, Google announced Pixel Buds to go with the phones, which is the company's take on AirPods. The Pixel Buds are USB-C compatible and can last up to five hours on one charge. When used with Google Translate, they can provide real-time translation.

Google Pixelbook

Pixel Phones, Pixelbooks, and More From The Google Event

The new Pixelbook starts at $999, but if you're willing to drop $1,649 you'll get 8GB RAM, a 512GB NVMe, and a seventh-gen Intel i7 processor. Google's new laptop rocks a 12.3-inch high-resolution screen, soft touch backlit keys, and 10 hours of battery life. And it's got Google Assistant built-in, which can be spoken to via talk or text. The $99 Pixelbook Pen is a stylus co-made by tablet maker Wacom.

Google Home Mini and Max

Pixel Phones, Pixelbooks, and More From The Google Event

Based on the names alone, you can probably guess what the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max are. The Google Home Mini is a tiny version of the company's smart speaker, designed for listening to the news or podcasts. It has a four-inch diameter, stands at an inch and a half, and comes in chalk, charcoal, and coral colors. It costs $49 and will be available on October 19th.

The Google Home Max sports stere speakers with two 4.5-inch subwoofers, making it 20 times more powerful than the vanilla Google Home. It comes in black or white and will cost $399 when it's released in December. Buys get a free year's subscription to YouTube Red.

Google Daydream

Pixel Phones, Pixelbooks, and More From The Google Event

A new version of the Daydream View VR headset, priced at $99, is coming to stores in November. It comes in gray, black, or coral pink and is compatible with the Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, and LG V30.

Google Clips

Pixel Phones, Pixelbooks, and More From The Google Event

Then there's Google Clips, which is equal parts impressive and terrifying. The camera is designed to sit somewhere that gives it a good vantage point to shoot and it will capture pictures and soundless videos of things the artificial intelligence deems "interesting."

It seemes to be targeted towards parents, to allow them to capture memories of their kids and pets without having to fumble around with a camera all the time. The soundless video skirts wiretapping laws and an LED light lets people in the room now they're being photographed.

It comes in a two-tone white and teal, has three hours of battery life, and 8GB of internal memory. The camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, 130-degree field-of-view lens, and takes photos at 15 fps. The camera will cost $249.


That's the big stuff from Google's event! What are you most excited about? What do you find the most disappointing? And just how creeped out are you by Google Clips?

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