Google is expected to announce a slew of new hardware products at an event in San Francisco tomorrow morning.
While we don’t know for sure what’s on Google’s agenda, an abundant number of recent leaks point to two new Pixel phones, a new Google Home device, and more. Business Insider will be covering the event, which begins at 12pm ET, live (3am AEDT).
But for now, here’s a look at everything we expect Google to announce. Prices are for products bought in the US:
A year ago, Google unveiled a smart speaker called Google Home in order to compete with Amazon's Echo device. Now the company is set to release a smaller, cheaper version of the Google Home to compete with Amazon's Echo Dot.
Droid Life published the first photos of the alleged Google Home Mini in mid-September, showing a device that would come in at least three colours -- pink, silver, and dark grey. On Tuesday, Walmart posted a listing to preorder the Mini -- seemingly accidentally -- a full day before Google is expected to announce it.
The new smart speaker is expected to be powered by Google Assistant, the company's smart agent. It will cost $US49, be about the same size as a hockey puck, and will start shipping October 19, according to the Walmart listing.
Google is expected to announce two new phones at its event, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.
The Pixel 2 reportedly will be similar in size and design to the original Pixel, which Google released last year. The 64 GB model will cost $US649 and the 128 GB version will go for $US749, according to a report from Droid Life. The new device will come in three colours: white, black, and a grayish blue, Droid Life reported.
According to an earlier leak from Android Authority, the Pixel 2 will have:
- A full high-definition (FHD) 1080p display
- A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- Dual speakers
- An 'active edge' that will allow users to launch certain apps by simply squeezing the device
- Water resistance rated at the IP67 standard, matching that of the iPhone 8
However, like many other recent flagship phones, including the new iPhones, the new device will lack a standard headphone jack
According to recent leaks, the Pixel 2 XL will have a noticeably different design than the Pixel 2.
The 2 XL will have a 5.99-inch display with a 1440p (2K) resolution, which is significantly larger and of a much higher resolution than its sibling. And unlike that on the Pixel 2, the 2 XL's screen will take up almost the entire front of the phone. The bezels around the display will be slimmer and the corners of the screen will be rounded (although it doesn't look like the display itself will be curved, unlike those on Samsung phones).
Other than its display, the 2 XL will have the same specs as the Pixel 2, according to earlier leaks.
Initial reports indicated the 2 XL would come in just two colour combinations -- all black and a combination of black and white. But an image of the 2 XL found in the Walmart listing showed a device that appears to be entirely white.
Along with the Pixel phones and the Home Mini, Google is also expected to introduce a new convertible laptop called the Pixelbook.
According to a report from Droid Life, Google will only make the Pixelbook in one colour -- silver. But it will offer the device with three storage options: 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. Droid Life expects the 128 GB version to start at $US1,199 and the 512GB version at $US1,749.
The Pixelbook will have a 12.3-inch display, according to a report from 9to5 Google. That's smaller than Google's Chromebook Pixel laptops.
Google will also offer for the device a stylus called the Pixelbook Pen that will cost $US99, according to Droid Life.
Another device Google is expected to announce at the event: a new version of its Daydream View virtual reality headset. Not many details have been reported about the new gadget, but leaked images do offer some indications about how Google has updated it.
The images suggest the new headset will come in the same colours as the Home Mini, which Droid Life calls charcoal, fog, and coral. It will reportedly cost $US99, which is $US20 more than the original Daydream.
It appears that Google has also changed the material on the headset since last year. While the original Daydream came in a jersey-like fabric, the new version appears to be stiffer and more durable.
While the Home Mini is all but confirmed, the Google Home Max is more of an enigma.
According to a report by 9to5 Google, 'Max' is Google's internal code name for a higher-end it's developing to to compete with Sonos' speaker systems. The device includes stereo speakers and looks and feels more expensive than the original Google Home, according to the report.
While it makes sense that Google would want to offer a full range of smart speakers to better compete with Amazon, we haven't seen any photos of the Home Max yet, and 9to5 Google's sources didn't say whether the speaker would be revealed at Wednesday's event.
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