Google’s highly-anticipated hardware event is just around the corner as we approach closer to the launch on Wednesday. The search engine juggernaut’s squaddies are expected to unravel a legion of new products. The majority of these, however, have been leaked extensively over the past few weeks. Hence, here are 17 things we already know about the upcoming Google event.
Google will be unveiling its very own Bluetooth headset that will reportedly retail at $159. Apart from benefiting a direct integration with the company’s virtual assistant, the earphones will have a wire between the buds unlike what Apple offers with AirPods.
The Pixelbook is yet another flagship product Google is expected to take the wraps off on Wednesday. The hybrid computer will run on Chrome OS, sport a touchscreen and will also come with a stylus. It will be available in three storage options – 128GB at $1,199, 256GB for $1,399 and 512GB at a whopping $1,749. The stylus will cost you an extra $99.
Google Home Mini
To bring Google Assistant into more homes, Google will be also announcing a mini and cheaper version of its smart speaker. It will be unintuitively called “Google Home Mini” and will cost $49 in the United States. The design will resemble as if someone sat on the original Google Home. It will be available in three unorthodox color options – Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral.
New Daydream View
Google will be bolstering its Virtual Reality portfolio as well at the event with a new Daydream View headset. While not much detail has been leaked about how it will be better than the current one, a few images reveal softer and more rugged material. Furthermore, it will go on sale for $99 once official.
Two Phones, Not Three
The most exciting aspect of the event will be undoubtedly the second-generation Pixel smartphones. Like last year, the company will be announcing two variants, the normal Pixel with a 5-inch display and another — Pixel XL 2 — with reportedly a 6-inch edge-to-edge panel. In addition to that, there have been rumors about the existence of a third called “Ultra Pixel”. The handset made a murky appearance in a couple of images last week but it turned out to be merely a prank by a YouTuber.
Bezel-Less Pixel XL 2
The Pixel XL 2 is expected to follow the industry trend of bezel-less displays. Furthermore, as per some leaked materials, Google will be marginally revamping the design in order to accommodate the complications involved with dropping the sides on the front. The smaller Pixel, on the other hand, won’t feature any significant upgrades as far as design and build are concerned.
No Headphone Jack on Pixel phones
Another industry trend these new phones will follow is the lack of a regular headphone jack. Instead, Google will be bundling Type-C earphones and probably, a dongle as well for connecting your old ones. Perhaps, it’s now time for us to truly embrace the wireless future and stop grieving the good ol’ jack.
One of the most glaring deficiencies on the current Pixel phones is the lack of waterproofing, a perk which has become standard on flagships now. Fortunately, Google has realized this and the Pixel 2 lineup will be indeed IP67 certified.
The Pixel 2 is rumored to borrow the ability to perform actions depending on hard you squeeze it from HTC’s U11. Yes, it sounds ludicrous. Although I’m expecting Google to be a tad more creative with it and add native integrations allowing other manufacturers to leverage those gestures.
The two huge bezels on the top and bottom on both Pixel variants won’t be left for wasted this time. If the recent leaks are believed to be true, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL will feature stereo speakers on the front instead of the bottom.
No Dual Cameras and OIS
Early renders of the Pixel 2 have confirmed Google is not bringing a dual camera arrangement to its lineup just yet. However, the new phones will be laden with a couple of substantial upgrades including Optical Image Stabilization. The sensors will be most probably identical to last year as well.
While you won’t have any dual-camera novelties on the Pixel 2, Google is pulling another algorithm out its bag of software tricks to enable “Portrait Mode”. Essentially, it will be a software-based rip-off of what you find on Apple’s Plus variants nowadays. However, considering the kind of accuracy Google achieved with Electronic Image Stabilization, I won’t be surprised if the Pixel 2 XL outperforms other hardware-based implementations.
Always on Display
One of the nifty little software features Google is expected to advertise with the new Pixel 2 is an always-on display. The phone will basically be able to show essential information such as the time, date without you having to wake it up.
More About Google Lens
Announced originally at this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the company will be shedding some more light on Google Lens at their hardware event. It’s essentially what Samsung did with Bixby Lens, or Amazon did on the Fire phone. It can recognize objects when you point your phone’s camera towards them. For instance, point it at a flower, and it will tell you the species it belongs to. Just like Google Assistant, this feature will be exclusive to the Pixel lineup initially as well.
E-SIM Card Slot
According to a report published by AndroidAuthority, the Pixel 2 will be compatible with e-SIM cards (electronic SIMs). Although we’re not currently sure how exactly will that work.
As you’d expect, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL will be powered by top-of-the-line specifications including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4/6GB of RAM, 64/128GB internal memory, and 2700/3450mAh battery respectively. The display on the standard Pixel will be a Full-HD panel, whereas the XL variant will sport a Quad HD panel.
The Pixel 2 XL is expected to be priced at $849 for the 64GB variant and $949 for 128GB. The Pixel 2, however, will start at $649 and $749 for 128GB.