There isn’t much we didn’t know about the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, except for the launch date and prices. Well, we now have the launch date. Google has sent out the official invites for an event scheduled for October 4 to be held at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco starting at 9 a.m. The tweet confirms that the event will be about smartphones, and the link it contains leads to a page where you can sign up for information on “devices from Google and all the things you can do with them.”
There have been multiple reports that Google will be killing the Nexus brand and replace with Pixel, indicating a massive change in strategy. Unlike Nexus phones, Pixel is expected to be premium, with prices expected to start at $649. The tweet too shows a Google logo, not a Nexus logo. The 2016 Pixel smartphones are believed to be produced for Google on behalf of HTC, which also made the first ever Nexus phone.
In addition to the new Pixel phones, we expect Google Home, the Amazon Echo competitor to launch as well on Oct 4. Google Home was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, but the launch hasn’t happened till now.
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For the uninitiated, the smaller Pixel phone, code-named Sailfish, is rumored to feature a Full HD display, a quad-core 2GHz processor (possibly Snapdragon 820), 4GB of RAM and a 2,770-mAh battery. It’s also expected to offer a 12-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel shooter up front. The larger Pixel XL phone, code-named Marlin, should have those same cameras, but a bigger Quad HD screen and a faster processor — possibly the Snapdragon 821.
There are also rumors about a Huawei built tablet, possibly a successor to the 2013 Nexus 7 made by Asus. There’s also a possibility of seeing the Google-built VR headset supporting Daydream, as well as 4K Chromecast. Google is expected to livestream the event on their YouTube channel on Oct 4. So stay tuned.