Google’s newest smartphone, the Google Assistant, has just gone on sale for $299, with no touchscreen, no headphone jack, and no wireless charging.
It’s the company’s first smartphone with no keyboard, no Bluetooth headset, and an OLED screen that’s made with a metal panel instead of glass.
It may not look like much, but the new Pixel phone comes with a keyboard and fingerprint scanner.
The keyboard is a plastic “narrow-tip” type, which Google has confirmed is part of the new phone.
But the company has said it is also working on a “lighter, thicker, and more comfortable keyboard,” so it may be more like a traditional “laptop-style” typeface.
The company says it will use “layers of materials and processes” to create the new keyboard, which should allow for “a greater tactile experience, which is a key feature of this product.”
The keyboard isn’t as thin as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, but it’s more than adequate for typing on, with a 5.5mm thick keyboard.
We’ll have to wait and see if the Pixel phone gets its own keyboard soon, because the company hasn’t announced any plans to include one yet.
There are other new features that Google has added, like a “taptic feedback” feature that lets users tap on the screen and the keyboard for an audible sound.
Google also says it has redesigned the display on the Pixel, making it lighter and more ergonomic.