Back in October 4th, 2016, Google officially launched not only one smartphone but two flagship handsets that was designed to directly compete against the Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The original Pixel and Pixel XL handsets designed and sold by the search giant, and billed it as the best premium smartphone in the Android ecosystem. Exactly year later, the Mountain View-based technology company is prepping up to unveil the next iterations of its smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. The firm is settling a pretty high anticipations. In the teaser video clip release late last month makes states that its handsets can solve dilemmas like blurry photos, limited storage, mediocre battery life, poor software updates support, and among others.
Adding to the matter are a series of leaks from long-running websites dedicated to publishing Android news like Droid Life and Android Authority, claiming that the search engine titan will be broaden its hardware product footprints in an enormous way we can imagine with the addition of the Google Home Mini, a new premium Chromebook’s Pixelbook, and a refreshed Daydream View VR headsets.
With that said, it’s seems like Google’s launch event will be one of the biggest hardware releases from the them in seasons. Here’s a list of what we can expect in October 4th:
Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2
While it appears that the company will have a number of new consumer electronics products to unveil at its October 4th event in San Francisco, the most important thing will almost definitely be the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones. The industry are expecting to see Google reveal two new handsets that will directly repace Google’s existing smartphone lineup: a smaller Pixel 2, and its larger sibling Pixel 2 XL.
Of the pair of phones, the Google Pixel 2 XL is speculated to receive a significant upgrade compared to the smaller one. The larger device is rumored to be shipping an OLED screen display with Wide Color Gamut with a new design with trimmed side-to-side bezels that would look like of the LG V30, while the Pixel 2 will supposedly offer a similar boxy display design to the first generation.
The Centrio News reported the specs for the new set of smartphones, which look like some massive enhancements. As the new features is your concern, both devices are widely believed to be equipped with a similar “squeeze” action as to the HTC U11, alongside an optical image stabilization (OIS) for both front and back camera systems of the two devices. The new flagship phones are also claimed to sport IP67 dust and water resistance.
There are also rumors that the search mammoth will completely ditch the audio jack port in favor and to take advantage of the USB-C technology. Both Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will equip a dual-stereo speakers on the front panel.
Newly released leak reveals that Google will also be updating the home screen on the upcoming Pixel phones with much simpler and cleaner look. The new Pixels will move the iconic Google search bar from the top of the screen to the very bottom of the display, just below the app dock shortcuts. Additionally, the company has added a new widget that offers information like Google Calendar and weather.
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 release date and retail price tag have managed to leaked online, ahead of the smartphone line’s launching in the next few hours.
There is a new report that the release date of the Google Pixel 2 XL would be pushed through until November 11th with other rumors claimed it to be until 15th — which if to be believed it will only mean that the company would have to strive with direct competition from Apple’s recently launched top-of-the-line iPhone X, which has a schedule release date on November 3rd.
The Google Pixel 2 will be available at $650 starting on October 19. While the Google Pixel XL 2, which will be priced at $850 for a starting base model. Meanwhile, the highest 128GB storage capacity of both the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones cost $100 more than the base model, with the most expensive configuration of the Pixel 2 will be retailed at $950.
Google Home Mini
Just like the e-commerce giant company Amazon — which has recently released the next-generation Echo product lineup to include a a number of new form factor designs including the unconventional Echo Spot. It appears that Google is gearing up to take against the Amazon and release at least one new Home model during the Oct. 4 event.
The miniature variant of the Google Home smart speaker, dubbed the Google Home Mini, oozed out last month. The report claimed that the Home Mini will offer the same functionalities of Google Assistant-powered smart speaker features as to its larger sib, but at a shrank size. At $50 retail price tag, the Home Mini should make it a welcome nemesis to the Amazon Echo Dot.
Another hardware product that’s widely believed to take the spotlight is a new high-end Chromebook dubbed as the Google Pixelbook, which seems to be a successor to original Chromebook Pixel.
The Pixelbook is expected to sell at the a top-tier premium price point of the Chromebook, with the base model starting at a whopping $1,199, with a separate stylus pen accessory quite similar to the Microsoft Surface Pen. But this one will reportedly cost an extra $99, same price as to the Apple Pencil.
Daydream View VR
Another leaked consumer electronic product is the new Daydream VR headset. The wearable virtual reality kit is suggested to come in three colorways — charcoal, fog, and coral — and a more expensive $99 retail price tag when it hit the marketplaces.
The Velvetiere will be in San Francisco to bring you the latest news and updates on Wednesday, October 4th, when Google unveil these new exciting products.