Apple’s event came and is now gone and naturally, the spotlight shifts to mother Google who is gearing up for an event on October 4. As it has now become tradition, leaks of Google’s upcoming products graced the online community over the weekend and thanks to a couple of sources, we now have a clear idea of what to expect from Google.
The leaks have pointed us to a number of devices that Google may announce including the sequel to last year’s Pixel phones, a new Chromebook dubbed Pixel book, a Google Home Mini and a new Daydream View VR headset.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Last year’s Google Pixel phones were made by HTC, this year, the standard Pixel is made by HTC and the big brother is made by LG. The standard Pixel 2 is rumoured to come with a 4.97-inch Full HD AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage options, Snapdragon 835, dual front-facing stereo speakers, an “Active Edge” feature, which works the same way as HTC U11’s Edge Sense – this means you’ll be able to perform various tasks such as summoning Google Assistant by squeezing the sides and it will be running Android 8.0.1 Oreo. The Pixel is rumoured to be priced at $649 for the 64 gig model and $749 for the 128 gig model. Color options are kinda blue, white and black.
The Pixel 2 XL comes from LG’s house featuring a 6-inch QHD AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio – meaning we should get minimal bezels, 4GB of RAM, Snapdragon 835, “Active Edge”, 64/128 GB internal storage, IP68 certification for water and dust resistance and will have two color options of either just black or black & white (like a Panda). The Pixel 2 XL will retail for $849 and $949 for the 64 and 126 gig models respectively.
Google is rumoured to be working on a high-performance Chromebook to add to their Pixel lineup this year. The Pixelbook, as it will be officially referred to according to Droid-life, comes in a silver colour and 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB SSD storage options. The Pixelbook will be convertible into a tablet through a folding mechanism and will feature a pressure sensitive stylus that will be sold separately at $99.
Speaking of prices, the Pixelbook will allegedly retail at $1,199 for the 128GB version, followed by the 256GB model at $1,399 and the 512GB option at $1,749 and that is not cheap.
Google Home Mini
The Google Home smart speaker was announced last year at a similar made by Google event. This year, the company is announcing a smaller version of the Google Assistant powered speaker, dubbed, Google Home Mini. The Home Mini will be much smaller than its predecessor and will be available in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral colours and will cost you $49 to pick one up.
Unfortunately, the Google Home Mini smart speaker will require being connected to power all through, if the images shared by Droid-life are anything to go by.
Google Daydream View
VR heads all over the world were ogling at Apple’s ARKIT and what it can do. Well, Google is also rumoured to be releasing a new VR headset to succeed last year’s headset. Details of the new Daydream View headset are scanty but the colour options have been leaked, which are Charcoal, Fog, and Coral. The headset will also cost more than last year’s headset, with the price being $99.
Well, that’s all folks. Let’s wait for October 4 and see if any of these leaks will materialize.