Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), is rumored to be unveiling two Android smartphones today in San Francisco. The search engine giant is hosting a launch event at 9am PT (noon Eastern) to reveal two new phones and other hardware. Retailers have leaked the Google’ new phones, Pixel and Pixel XL, which look similar to the iPhone, according to a report in Apple Insider.
The report said that assorted retailers have leaked specifics about Google’s new phone line. Early Monday, the Pixel and Pixel XL were listed for a brief time by UK Retailer Carphone Warehouse. The reseller noted that both phones will come with a Snapdragon 821 CPU with storage capacities of 32 GB and 128 GB. Both models, which are reportedly built by HTC, look remarkably similar to the iPhone. Rumors suggest that the new phones are coming with Android 7.1 Nougat, a completely new version.
As we reported earlier, Google is taking aim at Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with its smartphone, which will be powered by a special Android system. The search engine company isn’t happy with the perception that the iPhone is the only “premium” device on the market.
The Pixel has a 5-inch AMOLED screen running at 1080p. The Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display running at 2560×1440.
Google’s new smartphone line up is featuring a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.
The phones will come with a top-mounted headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner on the rear and a USB-C port on the bottom.
The Pixel will be powered by a 2770 mAh battery, while the Pixel XL will use a 3450mAh battery.
Google is fully ready for the hardware event. The company setup a website (www.madeby.google.com) and put up billboards in New York and other cities featuring a phone with the hashtag, #madebyGoogle.
In addition to the Pixel’s family, Google is widely expected to release other hardware devices. Let’s take a look at what products the search company is likely to announce today.
Google Home, Virtual Reality Headset, Android Tablet & More
Google is expected to launch the first Daydream Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the event, according to Android Police. The report claims that the new Pixel phones will be the first Daydream VR compatible devices.
Google Home, a voice command appliance similar to Amazon Echo, is also expected to be revealed at the event. This device will be able to play music, control smart home devices, and send and receive media over Google Cast. According to Android Police, Google Home will cost $129.
In addition, Android Police reported that the search engine company will announce Google Wi-Fi at the event. The router will provide better signals in houses. The device is rumored to come with some smart features.
Google is also expected to launch a new Chromecast that supports 4K video. The new device will be called the “Chromecast Plus” or “Chromecast Ultra,” according to Android Police. Moreover, the search engine company will reveal a new Android tablet built by Huawei on October 4 event.