Google held a big event today, as expected, and it showcased the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones – again, just as expected.
What you might not have expected are wireless earbuds that translate 40 languages on the fly, or a really tiny Google Home – and also a very large Google Home, too.
Google's hardware event ran the gamut, from a high-end laptop to a tiny A.I. powered camera, but you don't need to put aside a few hours to get the full run-through.
It's all right here in our compact digest, and it'll take you no more than a few moments to read. Here's everything you need to know about from Google's gadget extravaganza.
1) The Pixel 2 XL is a stunner
Following the trend of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, it features an extra-tall 18:9 display that takes up nearly the full face of the phone – it's a flat Quad HD display like the G6 (with rounded edges), with bezel all around, but some slight curviness to the look. The two-tone look is a lot sleeker on the back, as well, even if the phone doesn't have the same kind of pop as the Galaxy S8.
You'll find a Snapdragon 835 inside with 4GB RAM, water resistance this time around (finally), 64GB and 128GB storage options (but no microSD support), and a 12.2MP back camera that promises to be even smarter and more impressive than last year's. The asking price? A hearty £799 or £899, depending on storage choice. It'll hit stores on 15 November.
2) The Pixel 2 is… less stunning
Apple's mantra with the iPhone 8 was pretty much just sticking with what worked before, and Google is all about that with the standard-sized Pixel 2. More or less, it follows the mold of the previous phone, which was just a hair underwhelming last year.
It still has a 5in AMOLED display at 1080p, but doesn't see the same kind of all-screen redesign as the Pixel 2 XL. In fact, it packs a ton of bezel on the top and bottom, albeit now with front-facing stereo speakers. Water resistance is new, thankfully, and otherwise the specs look the same as the Pixel 2 XL.
The one big upgrade from the old Pixel, which is also in the Pixel 2 XL, are the touch-sensitive Active Edge sides, which let you squeeze to pull up the Google Assistant. But there's an omission, too: the headphone jack is gone from both Pixel 2 devices. Welp. We'll see the Pixel 2 sooner: on 19 October at £629 (RM3525) for the 64GB model and £729 (RM4085) for 128GB.
3) The Home Mini is simply adorable
It puts the full power of the Google Assistant into a much, much smaller package: a fuzzy, button-like disc. It has a few LED lights on top that double as touch buttons for adjusting volume and such, but otherwise it's meant to be hands-free: just ask and the Assistant will assist. It's priced at just £49 and due out on 19 October. This might be an essential stocking stuffer for Christmas.