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Google Pixel 2 event: The biggest announcements

Google unveils it's new Pixel 2 phone, two new Home speakers, Pixelbook convertible, Daydream View, Pixel Buds, and Clips.

The wait is over, Google officially unveiled its second-generation Pixel phones with updated hardware, design, and running Android Oreo.

However, the new gorgeous phones are not the only things the company unveiled, the company also announced a number of other products, including two new versions of Google Home, Google Pixelbook, Daydream View virtual reality headsets, Google Pixel Buds, and the new Google Clips.

If you’ve missed the event, here’s your briefing with the biggest Google announcements.

Google October 2017 product announcements

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google’s Pixel phones are getting a refresh and on generation two, both devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be featuring its original 5-inch and 6-inch displays respectively. They’ll be available in kinda blue, just black, and clearly white running the latest mobile OS — Android Oreo.

Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2

As for the tech specs, both phones have similar hardware. You’ll find a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of memory, and up to 128GB of internal storage. However, you won’t find a microSD card slot or headphone jack.

The Pixel 2 comes with a 1920×1080 OLED display, while the Pixel 2 XL includes a 2880×1440 OLED display.

The phones also feature super-fast charging, water resistant, fingerprint sensor, and perhaps the best camera you can get in 2017.

According to DXO, the camera included in the new Pixel is the best you can get today with score of 98, which is higher than the iPhone 8.

You can start preordering the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL now, and they start at $649 and $849.

Google Home Mini and Max

Google has created a smaller version of its Home. The new Google Mini is wrapped in fabric, and it feel really nice just to look at it.

The speaker features a circular shape, and it can produce 360-degree sound similar to the Amazon’s Echo Dot.

Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini

Of course, the Mini also comes with Google Assistant, which now has been updated with a new feature called Broadcast, which transforms the speaker into an intercom system.

The Google Home Mini is available for preorder now for only $49, and it’ll ship on October 19.

Google Home Max is the larger version of Google Home. Similar to the miniaturized version, the speaker is wrapped on fabric, but you can position the device vertically or horizontally.

Google Home Max
Google Home Max

The device also comes with Smart Sound, a feature that makes audio sound much better. It also uses machine learning to adjust the sound to your space to improve the audio experience.

The Google Home Max speaker is expected to be available in December for $399 in chalk and charcoal colors, and it’ll only be available in the United States.

Google Pixelbook

Google is once again coming out with a new laptop that is thinner and lighter than other devices created by the company. The Pixelbook is only 10mm thin and it only weighs 2.2 pounds.

Google Pixelbook 2017
Google Pixelbook 2017

According to Google, it’s the first convertible laptop that feels as natural as a tablet.

The Pixelbook features 16GB of memory and 512GB of internal storage, and it only takes 15 minutes to charge two full-hours of battery.

An interesting feature with this device is automatic tethering. If you don’t have Wi-Fi, the laptop will automatically tether to your Pixel phone.

The Pixelbook comes with the Pixelbook Pen that offers 60-degree of angular awareness and 2000 levels of pressure sensitivity.

You can preorder the Pixelbook now, pricing starts at $999, and it’ll be available on October 31.

Google Daydream View

Google also announced its new Daydream View VR headset, which works with the new Google Pixel 2.

Google Daydream View
Google Daydream View

The new Daydream headset comes with 250 VR titles, and includes content like those from YouTube VR. Google will also be offering access to IMAX 3D movies for free.

Daydream View is available for preorder now at $99, and it’ll be available on October 19. Though, you’ll need a compatible phone to make all work.

Google Pixel Buds

The Pixel Buds are the new wireless headphones made by Google that are connected using a single wire that sits on your neck.

Google Pixel Buds
Google Pixel Buds

You can control the experience using the controls in the right earbud, and you even get a button to access Google Assistant.

Perhaps the best feature about the Pixel Buds is that they provide real-time translation for more than 40 languages.

Preorders are open now and the headphones will run you $159.

Google Clips

Clips is just a hands-free camera that you can clip virtually anywhere. If you’ve seen or own a GoPro, this device will look familiar, but Google is packing this gadget with AI (artificial intelligence) to improve its functionality.

Google Clips camera
Google Clips camera

Availability hasn’t been announced, but it’s expected to go for $249.