Alongside the long-rumored Pixel 4 and 4 XL phones, Google revealed a slew of hardware at its Made by Google event. New Buds and a new Chromebook were accompanied by a bit of new Nest hardware and a firm Google Stadia release date.
Pixel Buds 2
While you can pick up the Pixel 4 right now, you’ll have to wait until this next spring to pick up a set of the new Pixel Buds. The Buds are true wireless earbuds. This time around, Google has opted for a noise-isolating design. That is to say, they seal out exterior noise, rather than trying to cancel it. The buds do have a “spatial vent” that allows some noise through, though.
They’re not just wireless headphones, though. They have to do Google Stuff. The Buds have sensors that pick up ambient noise. If the noise in your environment changes, the headphones will tweak volume and mic range. The buds can even tell when your jaw is moving to help focus the microphones on your voice.
The Buds offer five hours on a charge, and the included USB Type-C charging case brings another 19 hours with it. When the Pixel Buds do hit next spring, they’ll go for $179 in the United States.
Google Pixelbook Go
If you’ve gotten used to lightweight computing with Google’s Chromebooks, there’s a new one of those on offer, too. The Pixelbook Go is super light at just 2.4 pounds, especially considering it has a 13.3-inch screen. Google is promising a quieter feel than previous Pixel keyboards, as well.
The Pixelbook Go starts at $649 with an M3 CPU, 64GB of memory, and 8GB RAM. You can crank that price up with a bunch of upgrade options; Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs are available, along with 64GB to 256GB of storage, and 8 or 16GB of RAM. You can also get a 4K screen. The Pixelbook Go black is up for pre-order now, while the “not pink” version will be up for pre-order soon.
Nest Wi-Fi and More
Google’s new mesh Wi-Fi router is called the Nest Wifi. There’s a base station that plugs directly into your router, while the “Point” satellites that create the “mesh” part of the mesh Wi-Fi can also double as a smart speaker via Google Home. Both are available for pre-order right now; the router goes for $169, and the Points are $149. You can bundle one of each for $269.
The Nest Mini is a smart speaker that looks a lot like the Google Home Mini, but you can mount it on your wall. That one hits on October 22 for $49.99.
Google Stadia, the company’s cloud-based gaming platform (complete with “negative latency“) will launch on November 19.