On October 4th at midday ET (9am Pacific, 5pm UK), Google is having a serious occasion in San Francisco.
Similar to final 12 months, the occasion will probably be headlined by a flagship smartphone launch—this 12 months, it is the Google Pixel 2. That is an occasion for the entire Google division, although, so we also needs to see the launch of the Google Residence Mini, a revision to the smartphone-powered Daydream VR goggles, and a brand new flagship Chromebook known as the “Google Pixelbook.”
The Pixel 2 is anticipated to have the standard 2017 flagship smartphone specs, with a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The Pixel 2 XL is getting a slim-bezel entrance design harking back to the LG V30 (as a result of the telephone is manufactured for Google by LG), whereas the smaller Pixel 2 (manufactured by HTC) is anticipated to look quite a bit like final 12 months’s mannequin. Each get a metallic again with a glass window that appears like an evolution of final 12 months’s design, together with squeezable sides. The Pixel line is all about Google software program, although, and this 12 months we’re hoping to see the debut of Google Lens, a visible search app alongside the traces of Google Goggles.
Simply because the Google Residence was Google’s reply to the Amazon Echo, the Google Residence Mini is anticipated to be a Google model of an Amazon Echo Dot. It retains all of the smarts of a voice equipment whereas swapping the thumping speaker for a smaller sound system designed much less for music and extra for voice output. The Google Residence Mini is anticipated to be simply $50, making it significantly cheaper to outfit a home with than the $200 Google Residence.
The Pixelbook appears to be a brand new flagship Chromebook with a whopping $1,199 beginning value. Chrome OS fansite ChromeUnboxed has been monitoring the gadget beneath the codename “Eve” since 2016, and the positioning has a terrific rundown right here. The TL;DR is that the brand new laptop computer ought to have an Intel Kaby Lake chipset, a 12.Three-inch 2400×1600 show, and storage that looks as if loopy overkill for a Chromebook, with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB choices. The gadget represents a brand new era of Chromebooks, with a variety of “firsts” for Chrome OS, like a $99 Wacom Energetic Electrostatic (AES) stylus (assume Floor Pen or Apple Pencil), a fingerprint reader, and Google Assistant help with “Assistant” button. It additionally has a backlit keyboard and a few sort of “convertible type issue” (a fold-back hinge?).
There could be another surprises, like extra Pixel Cellphone-specific software program modifications and possibly some Google headphones.
It doesn’t matter what occurs, we’ll be there to cowl all the pieces stay, and we’ll go hands-on with all the brand new devices. Remember to tune in for the liveblog!
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