Last year, Google released their all new mobile device known as Pixel. This was the first ever device that the company has released (though it was later pointed out that the hardware was developed by HTC). And this year, on the 4th of October (stay tuned for a live stream link 😉) , Google is planning on releasing a new series of their “Made by Google” device – the Google Pixel 2 – along with some other devices.
“we can expect new Google Home devices, a new high-end Chromebook, and new Daydream VR headsets”
Google has set the expectations and the stakes high, as you saw in the above teaser, the company claims that their new device can solve problems like bad photos, storage, battery life, software updates, and more. From recent leaks and rumors from websites like Droid Life and Android Authority, we can expect new Google Home devices, a new high-end Chromebook, and new Daydream VR headsets.
Combining all these together, this year’s event from Google is starting to look like one of the biggest hardware releases from the company in years. Here’s what you can expect from the event.
Though it seems like Google will have a few hardware products to announce as well, the biggest announcement/release of the event will certainly be the new Pixel. We’re expecting to see two pixels to directly succeed Google’s existing lineup, and they are Pixel 2, and a larger device which is Pixel 2 XL .
From the above two devices, rumors claim that the Pixel 2 XL is a bigger upgrade. This device is said to be getting a display with reduced bezel like the Galaxy S8, while the Pixel 2 is will supposedly offer a similar design to the original.
Android Authority seems to have gotten the specifications of this new device, which looks like Google has done some major improvements. The specifications according to their [Android Authority] source, the Pixel 2 XL will be featuring a “curved QHD screen and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 mobile processor with either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage“, they also say “Google opting for dual stereo speakers but no headphone jack on its latest flagship. We’re also hearing that only certain markets will receive USB-C headphones in the box” although they are unable to verify the USB-C headphone in the box.
Rumors also say that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will come equipped with dual Pixel cameras with OIS, but we think they may have meant a back and front camera. The new phones are also said to be IP67 water resistance, which would put them on par with Apple’s recent iPhones (if not quite the IP68 rating that Samsung offers).
GOOGLE HOME GETS SMALL IN SIZE
Just like Amazon recently included a variety of new form factors in their Echo Line, Google is planning on launching at least one new home model at the event. At the beginning of September, there were a leaks on Droid Life that showed a miniature version of the Google home – also known as Google Home Mini -. It is said to offer the same suite of Google Assistant-powered features as its larger counterpart, but at a smaller size and at a $50 point that makes it a competitor to Amazon’s Echo dots.
There were also rumors claiming a larger version of Google home – Google Home “Max” speaker – which is said to have a more premium design and stereo sound.
HIGH-END CHROME BOOKS
Google is said to launch “Google Pixelbook” which is new high-end Chromebook which seems like a successor to the Chromebook Pixel (Google’s original Chromebook).
The Pixelbook is said to be sold at an ultra-premium end of the Chromebook market starting at $1,199. The company is also selling an extra stylus accessory like Apple which will cost another extra $99.
Another leaked product is daydream VR headset which is said to come in three colors – charcoal, fog, and coral – and at a more expensive price, $99.
Unfortunately there are no news on the updates or benefits that are going to be available on the new VR headset when compared to the existing one.
Though there are plenty of leaks already, there are possibilities of surprises that haven’t made its way to the internet just yet. And we need to keep in mind that Google is a software company which means that even though we think that we know how or what Pixel 2 or Pixelbook looks like, there’s always room and more time for far more interesting pieces of the puzzle to exist on the software side.
And, I am hoping to do a live stream on Win Authority for Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL event (which is happening this Wednesday) as how I did for this year’s Apple Keynote and Note 8 launch. Stay tuned for more details and updates.
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