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All of the the audio controls are in a touchpad on the right earbud

All of the the audio controls are in a touchpad on the right earbud

What's more, this new Daydream VR headset is also reportedly claimed to be made from a more rugged material, whilst still maintaining a textile feel. Both the devices are quite different in terms of design, and they certainly look quite interesting.

The PixelBook is 10mm thin and weighs a kilo and has 12.3-inch Quad HD LCD display, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM and i5 and i7 processors.

Both models continue to include fingerprint scanners on the back while competitors shift to either integrating biometrics into the screens or using facial recognition to authenticate users. That leaves it way behind Apple and Samsung when it comes to sourcing important hardware components like displays and marketing and supporting the gadgets.

Unsurprisingly, the latest version of Android - 8.0 Oreo - comes pre-loaded on the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.

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Then we've got the Pixelbook, rebranded from "Chromebook Pixel" to just "Pixelbook", which offers numerous same features as the original Chromebook: Chrome OS, Google Assistant, etc. The screen is expected to feature a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Pixel also features "ActiveEdge" tech just like HTC's "EdgeSense" for triggering Google Assistant with just a squeeze.

And the new Pixelbook is going to need all that extra storage, because this is the first Google-made Chromebook to actually have apps. A full specification sheet surfaced online yesterday revealing all there is to know about the larger Pixel 2 XL. They have a feature capable of real-time language translation, meaning that someone can speak to you in a foreign language, and it will actively translate to your native language.

The camera unit on the Google Pixel 2 sports a "dual-pixel sensor", which supposedly divides every pixel into two - granting the same 'bokeh' effect as dual-lens camera devices like the iPhone or OnePlus 5.

At its annual hardware event today, Google also showcased the new gesture controls that the upcoming Pixel Buds will support. The Pixel 2 goes up for pre-order today with orders shipping starting on October 17th for the Black, White, and Blue models. Google Assistant can be activated by voice or a button on the keyboard, where the voice assistant can perform tasks or answer questions. This is a unique feature that only a company like Google could integrate into wireless earbuds, thanks to the existing Google Translate data and infrastructure. In both cases Google is suggesting that as much as 7 hours of usage is on offer in return for a 15 minute charge.

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