Wednesday in CE: Hot Takes From Google Keynote, Samsung Unveils Mixed Reality
During Google's keynote today, the tech giant teased some of their upcoming products, such as Chromebook refresh coming with a significant $999 price tag, a $49 Google Home Mini and the larger Google Home Max speakers (in direct competition to Amazon's Echo Dot and Apple's Homepod), and of course, the highly anticipated Pixel 2.
The updated premium smartphone will include new features such as water resistance, a so-called "dual-pixel" camera that -despite being only one lens - allows the phone to capture two images at a slightly different angle. The phone uses "left and right pixels" to create an artificial bokeh, and offers the same portrait mode on the front-facing camera.
It's Google's brave take on all dual cameras saturating the market.
Google is also offering a squeezable screen that allows the user to activate specific actions on the device, a la HTC, a company that Google has recently invested a cool $1.1 billion in. The phone will come in standard and XL variants, with the standard model looking very similar to its predecessor but the XL version having a larger 6-inch screen.
Alongside their flagship phone announcement, Google released a pair of Bluetooth Pixel earbuds with real-time translation, a refreshed Homeview, and a GoPro-esque action camera that is chock full of features.
Be sure to catch up with all these announcements with our full coverage in Dealerscope tomorrow.
Google just outappled Apple.
— Chris Pirillo (@ChrisPirillo) October 4, 2017
Yet Another Mixed Reality Hits The Market
Samsung unveiled their new Windows Mixed Reality headset yesterday, featuring a higher resolution display and better field-of-view compared to its recently announced competitors. The device will even include an IPD adjuster that allows the user to shorten the distance between the two screens for greater customizability.
The product will be priced at $499 with bundled motion controllers, a similar price to the well-established Oculus Rift Headset. Samsung’s Odyssey headset will be released November 6th, requiring the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update.
More CE News
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- Yahoo increased the number of accounts they reported were affected by the hacks last year, which currently stands at a striking three billion accounts across all their services.