New smartphones, smart home devices and no watches.
On October 9, 2018, Google will hold a Made by Google conference, where it will show new devices. We already know for sure about the third generation of Google Pixel smartphones, but other possible announcements have also fallen into the network.
Smartphones Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL
Back in August, Russian bloggers and some publications published preliminary reviews of Google Pixel 3 XL, in which they spoke about the characteristics, appearance and new features of the device.
Google will launch two phones that will be different in appearance and screen size – 5.5 inches with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels in the younger model and 6.2 inches with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels in the older one. The main difference is that in Pixel XL there will be a wide lower chin and a cutout at the top of the screen.
If in 2017, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were made by different manufacturers (HTC and LG), then Google launches the phone by itself, signing a contract with Foxconn, which should improve the quality of smartphones and reduce the level of marriage.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will work on an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with an Adreno 630 graphics chip and 4 GB of RAM (although there are rumors about a version with 6 GB). Battery Pixel 3 – 2915 mAh, Pixel 3 XL – 3340 mAh.
The main camera Pixel 3 – 12.2 MP, front – 8.1 MP. It is precisely known about models with 64 GB and 128 GB of memory, whether smartphones with a large volume will be said at the presentation.
Smartphones will be available in four colors: white, black, mint and pink. Also, 9to5google journalists assume a red or coral color, which may be exclusive to operators, retailers or certain countries.
Major changes should touch the camera. For example, on Pixel 3, the new Visual Core coprocessor will work fully , which will allow hardware to process images with an even wider color range than HDR +, as well as use HDR + when working with the camera in third-party applications.
Smartphones will work on Android 9 Pie with exclusive Pixel software enhancements, for example, with Pixel Tips, an assistant that helps you get comfortable with device features. Also, the technology will recognize the compression of the edges of the smartphone Active Edge.
The Canadian operator Freedom Mobile has information on the cost of devices. Prices are not final and others may announce the presentation:
- Pixel 3 64 GB – $ 770;
- Pixel 3 128 GB – $ 870;
- Pixel 3 XL 64 GB – $ 870;
- Pixel 3 XL 128 GB – $ 970.
Pixel 3 can get a different design.
On September 7, 2018, Google turned to bloggers for permission to use reviews criticized the “leaked” Pixel 3 XL. One of the authors of Google asked for the right to use the video, in which the presenter said that the company should dismiss its designers, because Pixel 3 XL looks “awful.” Why this Google is unclear, but there is an assumption that the company will present at the presentation of the Google Pixel 3 XL in a different design.
On October 8, Google published a video about the “leaked” and criticized Pixel XL and the announcement of tomorrow’s presentation. It is possible that the plums were partially planned and tomorrow Google will show something completely different.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) October 8, 2018
Google Pixel 3 mini
On October 3, 2018, Google posted a humorous image of four smartphones on Instagram, one of which is no larger than a key ring in size.
Insider Roland Quandt believes that Google is announcing the third device from the Pixel 3 line – a budget and a small one that will run on the base of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor.
Someone has been testing Google “Bonito” with GFXBench lately. Make of this what you will. And HMD “Phoenix” is coming soon. I think that’s Nokia 7.1 Plus, while “Rooster” (aka ROO) is Nokia 7.1. (big bird, small bird, you know…) https://t.co/G95tIm1EN1
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) October 3, 2018
Google Pixel 3 supports wireless charging, and the company will release its own wireless charger. The network has images and renderings of Pixel Stand, which is a vertical stand where the phone is installed for recharging.
According to MySmartPrice, Pixel Stand has support for 9V-2A and 5V-3A outputs, and it can quickly charge Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
The vertical position will allow you to use your smartphone while charging, and also turn it into a “smart display”, which, according to Google, integrates into a “smart” home.
Google Home Hub
Google Home was launched in 2016, in 2017, the Smart Home was replenished with the Home Mini and Home Max. In 2018, the company will continue to develop a line of devices and will present the central hub – Google Home Hub.
It is a voice control system with a screen – a counterpart of Amazon Echo Show with Alexa voice assistant. Users can ask questions and give commands, for example, to call, order services or food, and so on.
Google Home Hub framed in pastel colors “Chalk” and “Charcoal”. This is a seven-inch tablet on a stand with full-range speakers and physical controls – volume control and microphone mute.
On the front panel of the tablet – light sensors and color adjustment, the camera is missing. This may be due to concern for the privacy of users, as well as to reduce the cost of the device. The cost of Google Home Hub is $ 149, which is $ 70 cheaper than its counterpart from Amazon.
The system supports the identification of the owner by voice, displaying on request a calendar, reminders, tasks and other personal information on the screen. Also Home Hub supports YouTube and other media applications, for example, viewing photos from Google Photo.
Home Hub is able to manage “smart” home appliances that support the Google Nest technology – now about 5000 devices of various brands are connected to it. The device supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, its weight – 480 grams.
Google Pixel Slate
In 2014, the Google Pixel C tablet came out on the basis of Android, although it was originally prepared for Chrome OS, which was not ready to be controlled using the touchscreen. Four years later, Google plans to return to the market with Pixel Slate – a tablet on Chrome OS, which will be released in the fall of 2018.
The data on Pixel Slate is inconsistent. For example, renders are different from each other. Before the presentation, all that can be said about design is a thin tablet in a dark blue color that stands out from other Google devices.
Specifications vary: four different Pixel Slate models were found in the benchmarks .
- The youngest model worked on the Intel Celeron 3965Y last year’s Kaby Lake processor family. Powered by a frequency of 1.5 GHz.
- The second model is on Intel Core m3-8100Y with a frequency of 3.4 GHz. Performance is almost twice as high as the Celeron 3965Y.
- The third model is Intel Core i5-8200Y with a frequency of 3.9 GHz.
- The older model is on the Core i7-8500Y with a frequency of 4.2 GHz.
All models, except the older, had 8 GB of RAM, in the older – 16 GB. The built-in drive is different: in the younger Pixel Slate eMMC-drive, and in the older NVMe. The amount of memory is unknown.
The screen resolution of all models is the same – 3000 x 2000 pixels. The characteristics of the built-in cameras are unknown, but information about the sensors is available – this is the Sony IMX319 and Sony IMX335.
For Pixel Slate, the company will release a keyboard similar to the one in the Microsoft Surface line. The keyboard is used as a cover, the back can be folded into a stand. The keys on the keyboard are rounded, and the touchpad is larger than on the Google Pixelbook.
Also, Pixel Slate will support Penelbook styluses and third-party keyboards. One of them turns the tablet into a full-fledged laptop with a lid, and the second – a conventional wireless keyboard, which is called the “desktop”.
On Pixel Slate, the company transferred applications exclusive to Pixel-devices: for example, all the features of Google Camera for Android are supported, including portrait mode.
Also, Pixel Slate will support fingerprint authentication, which was not previously in Chrome OS.
The cost of Google Pixel Slate models is still unknown, it is assumed that the basic tablets will cost about the same as the iPad Pro – from $ 449.
Google Pixelbook 2
There are few details of the model with the codename Atlas : the new laptop will definitely receive an updated display with 4K resolution, as well as a Sony IMX208 camera with support for recording video at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Instead of the “hamburger” button, a power button will appear.
Google Chromecast third generation
On October 4, 2018, a Best Buy employee showed a photo with a set of “Smart TV”, which contains the Google Home Mini and the new third-generation Chromecast.
A few days before, on September 30, 2018, a Reddit user accidentally bought anupdated Chromecast. The design has changed – now the device is in matte black plastic with the Google logo, Wi-Fi has been updated and Bluetooth support may appear. The cost of the new Chromecast can remain at the same level – $ 35.
It is not known whether there will be support for 4K video or HDR. The update can be associated with the announcement of the gaming streaming service Project Stream and the presentation can tell more about this in conjunction with the device.
Google Pixel Buds 2
The only thing journalists know is that the company wants to show the new version of Pixel Buds wireless headphones. No details, but there is an assumption that the new Buds will not have wires, as in Apple AirPods.
Google can also show the wired Pixel Buds model, which will be bundled with the new Pixel 3 smartphones.
Pixel 3 Ultra
During 2018, various rumors about the third smartphone in the Pixel 3 line in a frameless design without a top cutout appeared on the network . They turned out to be fake or disguised photos of Pixel 2 XL. Whether this smartphone actually exists is unknown.
Google Pixel Watch
The corporation refused to release watches this year – they need some work. For now, Google will focus on partnering.
Google presentation will begin on October 9 at 18:00 Moscow time. Live webcast will take place on YouTube.