Google Launches a Pixel-Branded Premium Chromebook Tablet

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2018

The display is backed by a "crystal clear speaker" and the attractive design with fabric base and rounded corner display is available in Chalk, Charcoal, Aqua and Sand finishes. The Pixel 3 XL starts at $899 and tops out at $999 for the same amount of storage.

On the rear, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is covered entirely in glass. Honestly, that is the name and you shouldn't be surprised since the other two colors are Just Black and Clearly White.

Like Amazon's Echo Show, the Google Home Hub has a touchscreen allowing users to not only hear responses to queries but also see them. Two USB-C ports live on the left and right side, but there's no 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Pixel 3 line also incorporates front-firing speakers, which, as the Made by Google presenters claimed, have a 40% improvement in terms of sound depth and quality. The phones will launch on October 18th in the United States of America and several global markets, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and the UK. The Pixel Stand wireless charger costs $79.

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones, which Google revealed at its big hardware event Tuesday, will be the first smartphones from the search giant to support wireless charging. Google has sold an estimated 7 million Pixels over the past two years, nearly imperceptible next to the 3.6 billion phones shipped during that time, according to the research firm International Data Corp. But it was a odd call-out, since Google already puts cameras in your home through the Pixel phones and Nest Cam home-security cameras.

Pre-orders are open now. There'll also be Google Hardware Store pop-ups in NY and Chicago, open from October 18 through to December 31, which will also offer the Home Hub when it's released.

It's priced at $149, and comes with six months of YouTube Premium bundled into the price. It still combines the standard Chrome OS flavor of Linux with emulated Android applications, but the keyboard is separate and the interface is specifically created to be a tablet, not a laptop or phone pretending to be a tablet, as Google puts it. Google says this is so as to save battery power. Plus with Chrome OS being better suited to a keyboard device than a full touch experience we'd probably say this one is a must have for potential Pixel Slate owners.

The updated Google Chromecast missed out on stage time at Google's event, but is worthy of attention all the same. The real change, according to Google, will come from software, AI and machine learning. Google is adding multi-room audio support, effectively bridging the gap between the Chromecast and the Chromecast Audio.

However, some have insisted a more affordable model of the hardware will be made available that comes with a 7th-generation chip from Intel.

Like the 3rd Gen Chromecast, this oddball accessory didn't even get a mention during the presentation. Google will be offering it in a variety of configuration, the most expensive one being quite high-end with an 8 gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Does it make any functional difference? Not at all. Does it leave Google's smart speaker looking incredibly cute?

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