Google Announces Pixel 4 and More at Made by Google Event

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Today, at its Made by Google event, Google unveiled several new pieces of hardware, including brand-new Pixelbooks, the next-generation Nest Mini, Nest WiFi, and the much-hyped Pixel 4 smartphone. This tech trove of new hardware offers something for everyone, from a powerful new Wi-Fi system to arguably the best smartphone camera on the market. To learn about these exciting new products, read on.

Pixel 4

Let’s start with the headliner, the Google Pixel 4. Picking up where the Pixel 3 left off—as arguably the world’s best all-around smartphone camera—the Pixel 4 features an improved rear camera setup that now has two lenses: a 12MP Dual-Pixel lens and a 16MP telephoto lens. Like the Pixel 3, you can expect big things from the Pixel 4’s image processing software and, if the test shots are any indication of its capabilities, expect the Pixel 4 to make another run at the title of “world’s best smartphone camera.” Now, in terms of size, the Pixel 4 is available in both standard and XL variants. The standard Pixel 4 is equipped with a 5.7" display, while the XL gives you 6.3" of screen real estate. Both displays are OLEDs; however, the XL has slightly better resolution (QHD+ vs FHD+). The big news about both displays is that each will have a refresh rate of up to 90Hz. This is a feature that very few smartphones have and means that everything on the Pixel 4’s screen will look incredibly smooth (Google appropriately titled this feature “Smooth Display”). Other flagship specs for both models include Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM with 64 or 128GB of memory, and the latest stock Android software. It’s also worth noting the Pixel 4 XL comes with a larger battery (3700mAh vs. 2800mAh) to handle the additional heft.

Pixel 4
Pixel 4

Nest Mini

Another big announcement was the second-generation Nest Mini. Rebranded in light of Google’s recent acquisition of the Nest company, the Nest Mini is the direct follow-up to Google’s popular Home Mini smart speaker. Despite the rebranding, the Nest Mini retains all of the beloved features of the Home Mini, with some new upgrades, as well. Like its predecessor, the Nest Mini is a smart speaker you control with your voice. Popular voice-controlled functions include playing music, asking about the news or weather, getting traffic info, and more. Because the Nest Mini has the power and brains of Google behind it, you can essentially ask it anything and it will answer. Now, even though the Nest Mini is a smart speaker, it’s still a speaker. With that in mind, Google gave the Nest Mini more power than its predecessor, so users will enjoy an improved listening experience. Other improved features include the Nest Mini’s ability to interface with thousands of compatible smart devices. Using just your voice, you can tell the Nest Mini to dim the lights, pause the TV, change the thermostat settings, and so much more.

Nest Mini
Nest Mini

Nest WiFi

The Nest Mini wasn’t the only Nest-branded product Google unveiled at today’s event. Google also showed off the new Nest WiFi. Similar to the Nest Mini, Nest WiFi is the rebranded next generation of Google WiFi. Like Google WiFi, Nest WiFi is a scalable wireless network that blankets your home with fast, reliable Wi-Fi. Nest WiFi has two core components—a router and a point. The router covers up to 2,200 square feet of your home, while each point adds an additional 1600 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage. Obviously, the two components work together, but they’re also compatible with the previous generation of Google WiFi. Nest WiFi is easy to set up using the Google Home app, where you can use it to manage thousands of compatible devices. Additionally, each Nest WiFi Nest point has an integrated speaker with Google Assistant built in, so you can interact with your compatible devices using voice commands.

Nest WiFi
Nest WiFi

Pixelbooks

Finally, Google also announced the long-awaited update to its Pixelbook series. Google’s original Pixelbook was released in 2017 to universal praise and still remains one of the best Chromebooks on the market. The 2019 Pixelbooks look primed to continue that legacy with a better display, new colors, and bolstered specs. This time around, the Pixelbook has a 13.3" touchscreen with up to 4K UHD resolution—a significant bump from the original Pixelbook’s 12.3" 2K display. Internal specs include an 8th-Gen Intel® Core™ Processor and up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. And, because it’s a Chromebook, the 2019 Pixelbook offers full Android app support. Of course, those are just some of the highlights. If these new Pixelbooks are anything like their predecessor, they could give other high-end Windows and Mac devices a run for their money.

Pixelbooks
Pixelbooks

What did you think about all the hardware Google announced? Planning on picking up any of these new items? Let us know in the Comments section.

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Does not make sense for me brands with phenomenal phones , with incredible cameras , billions of GB storage , faster than the light and with non renovable battery . Why to pay a lot of money for all this technology if I will throw this phone on the trash in two years or less ? Mobile phones should be like watches . If you pay a lot of money for one Rolex , Tag Heuer or Omega you have a watch for many , many years . Or you my buy one good Casio for 1/100 of the price and to have a good watch for less time .

There's no way in heaven or earth that I'd pay a grand for a phone with a non-removable battery. The battery is the only part of a phone that actually wears out, making phones with non-removable batteries disposable. I won't pay more than $50.00 for a disposable phone. I'd rather take my LG V20 with me to the grave than be roped in by that racket.

Good luck with that. :)

I agree with you 100%. When did non removable battery become the de facto everybody is OK with? Phones and now Laptops require a ridiculous amount of $$$ just to replace the batteries? These companies sure know how to screw us over. I paid$130 for my Samsung J7 Crown which takes awesome photos & video and runs relatively fast. It has no removable battery but it won't break my bank if/when I have to replace it. I'd rather spend the extra $800 on something useful like groceries for two months!

The annoying thing, if you watch the teardown videos, is that many of these companies go out of their way to make the batteries non-replaceable even by professionals. I'm an electronics technician by training, so I have no hesitation taking things apart to fix them. But the way they glue the batteries in is obviously for the sole purpose of making the phones disposable.

I'm not a big believer in utopia through legislation, but I think we need a "right-to-repair" law.

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