Google Finally Dishes the Dirt on the New Chromecast

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2018

There are no clear winners when it comes to user trust, but it's safe to say a smart home device without a camera is less creepy than a device with a really good one. During a call, the stationary camera will track you, slowly panning and zooming to keep you in frame as you walk around your living room or kitchen, chopping vegetables or digging in the sofa for the lost remote. Your color options are Clearly White, Just Black and Not Pink. Priced at $799 for the Pixel 3 and $899 for the Pixel XL, $1000 phones take note - the Pixels are back. With 3430mAh and 2915mAh batteries on the Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3 respectively, the talk-time and standby hours are definitely more.

What you do get, however, is an OLED display with an 18:9 aspect, rolling out 2160 x 1080 pixels, for a pretty sharp 443ppi. We can't wait to see how it measures up against other cameras and as a standalone phone camera. Google says this is so as to save battery power. Also, wait, wasn't disk encryption already secure before?

David Ruddock, the managing editor of Android Police, recently tweeted and insisted Google has a Pixel Slate tablet in the works. On the storage front, the smartphone comes in either 64GB or 128GB capacities without a support for microSD card.

Both phones now have an IP68 rating and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. There is a USB-C port for charging and there is still no audio jack. Screen Call will allow Google Assistant to answer the phone for you, warning the caller of what it is and offering to send a transcript to you. Adding those differences up, the full Surface Pro 6 package should be $170 cheaper than a Pixel Slate + keyboard combo.

The Pixel Watch would be the culmination of everything the computing giant has learned since Android Wear launched back in 2014, Google was expected to roll up its sleeves and get stuck into the smartwatch market on its own terms, going watchface-to-watchface with Apple and Samsung.

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What is new in the Pixel 3 is wireless charging. Since the mute button turns off both the camera and microphone, that's not an option unless you want your Echo devices to ignore your voice commands as well. (This uses a version of the software Google put into a stand-alone AI camera called Clips.) That's useful for selfies -- you don't have to awkwardly press the shutter. As far as the camera goes, both devices have a 12.2MP single-lens rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture and 1.4μm. Having said that, the display on the Pixel 3 looks quite sharp and images looked radiant. One is a 97° wide-angle f/2.2 sensor and the other is a standard f/1.8 sensor.

The folio back flap pulls double duty as a cover and a stand, allowing you to use the Slate at nearly any angle.

We knew there was a new Chromecast coming, complete with some sort of revamped design, but for some reason Google chose to ignore it during last night's big launch event. It will be available later as an update.

The Titan M is a security chip built for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel Slate. While the Pixel 3 XL now incorporates a notch within its edge-to-edge screen, the smaller Pixel does some expanding too, minimizing its bezels and rounding the screens corners, finally. But it was a unusual call-out, since Google already puts cameras in your home through the Pixel phones and Nest Cam home-security cameras.

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