What we know (almost for sure) is that on October 4th, Google is very, very likely to unveil new generation Pixel devices, which should neatly expand upon the Pixel and the Pixel XL released last year. Google has appeared to have launched a marketing campaign, by way of a landing page with the text “Thinking about changing phones? Stay tuned for more on October 4.” Obviously, Google would not want to reveal everything until the official unveiling event. But in the age of the Internet and social media, it is sometimes difficult to keep secrets (unless you are Apple).
The last few days have seen no less than 5 new Google devices being leaked to the interwebs. Big credit goes to Droid Life for actually acquiring photos of the products. Just to be clear, Google has not confirmed anything yet, and there is a possibility that not all of these gadgets will be formally announced on October 4th. Having said that, scroll down below what these new devices are.
The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL
Apart from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Apple’s new iPhone models (the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 8 Plus), the new Pixel is the other major smartphone release that people have been excited about in the second half of the year. There is some speculation that the Pixel 2 will feature a higher pricing, and will do away with the headphone jack. Droid Life has shared three images (here, here, and here) showing three color options: black, white, and bluish white. The Pixel 2 is said to offer 64 gigabytes of onboard memory (priced at $650) or 128 gigabytes (at $750).
As for the Pixel 2 XL, it may have mostly identical specs to the Pixel 2 -- last year’s Pixel devices, after all, only differed in display screen size. But you never know -- Google may have decided to add some unique features for the bigger Pixel device.
According to Droid Life’s report, Google may be trying to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Book by introducing a new laptop called the Pixelbook. It comes with support for a pressure and tilt sensitive stylus and a cool touch screen lid that flips to the back. The pricing reportedly starts at $1,200 (with 128 gigabytes of storage), plus probably an additional hundred bucks for the stylus.
Next Generation Daydream View VR Headset
Droid Life’s image does not suggest much, except maybe for a different fabric texture. But the VR headset is said to be priced at $100 (which is pricier than the current $80 price). Google may have incorporated other new upgrades and features, but we will not know for sure what they are until October 4th.
The Google Home Mini
If the Google Home is the counterpart of Amazon Echo, then the counterpart of Echo Dot is likely the Google Home Mini, whose picture was also leaked by Droid Life. The cost is rumored to be around $50, and as can be seen on the image, may come in three color options.
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