The U.S. technology giant Google introduced its new smartphones Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, its new laptop, in addition to home and entertainment gadgets in an event held in San Francisco, California on Wednesday.
The 5-inch (12.7 cm) Pixel 2 and the 6-inch (15.2 cm) Pixel 2 XL both have 4 GB RAM and have options of 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory.
Both phones have a 12.2-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera, which received a rating of 98 out of 100 from global image quality rating provider DxOMark, and acquired the highest scores in overall smartphone camera quality in the world.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, both durable against water and dust, can last seven hours from only 15 minutes of fast charging, Google said.
The "Always-on-Display" feature of the phones shows time, hour and battery life while the home screen is turned off, but more importantly, it shows what song is playing in the background by detecting and identifying the song without connecting to cloud servers.
The "Active Edge" technology also enables users to reach out to voice-active "Google Assistant" by touching the screen of the phone while users hold it in their palms.
Both phones also support "Augmented Reality" (AR), in which users can use "AR Stickers" to add animations to their pictures and videos in real-time.
The "Smart Lens" feature helps users capture specific information in a picture, like a phone number, and save it. The feature also aids users to search a specific design, color or specification in a photo on Google's internet database to reach more information.
Pixel 2 comes in colors of "Clearly White", "Just Black", and "Kinda Blue" for $649 (2,320 Turkish liras), while Pixel 2 XL will be available in "Just Black" and "Black & White" colors to be available for $849 (3,034 Turkish liras).
Customers who purchase any one of the models will be able to use Google Photos and Google Drive unlimited for free to store their photos and videos, Google said.
- New laptop is thin and light
Google Pixelbook, the company's new laptop that can also be used as a tablet, has a thickness of 10 millimeters and weighs only one kilogram.
It is the company's first laptop that supports voice-activated Google Assistant, and will run on Chrome OS operating system.
The laptop will have a 12.3 inch (312.4 cm) 235 ppi Quad HD LCD screen.
It will come in either Intel i5 or i7 processor, and can be upgraded up to 16 GB of RAM and to 512 GB of hard disk.
Google Pixelbook will be out starting from $999 (3,570 Turkish liras) and can be used with a smart pen -- Google Pixelbook Pen that will be sold for $99 (354 Turkish liras).
- Smart home products
One of the most exciting gadgets Google introduced Wednesday was a little portable camera called Google Clips.
This pocket-sized smart gadget can be attached to almost anything at home, and captures meaningful moments of its users without the need to click its shutter.
The artificial-intelligence (AI) technology, which Google takes much pride in, enables the camera to recognize certain people, their facial impressions, and is in a constant stage of learning as to the most important moments in the user's life.
"It looks for stable shots of people you know, and you help the camera learn who is important to you," Google product manager Juston Payne said at the event.
"All the machine learning happens on the device itself," he said, adding the users can choose to keep or delete any saved images and videos on the device later.
Google Clips will be sold for $249 (890 Turkish liras).
The company also introduced new smart speakers that connect to Google's smart personal assistant Google Assistant to take voice commands, provide vocal answers, and play music at home.
Out of the three smart speakers, Google Home Mini will be sold for $49 (175 Turkish liras), Google Home will be available for $129 (461 Turkish liras), and Google Home Max will be sold for $399 (1,426 Turkish liras).
The company also announced its new virtual reality headset Google Daydream View, which will be available for $99 (354 Turkish liras).
And, finally, the firm's new wireless headphones Google Pixel Buds will provide real-time translation between languages for users, Google said. The headphones will be available for $159 (568 Turkish liras).
By Ovunc Kutlu in New York