Alphabet Inc –owned Google is expected to unveil its latest smartphones, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, at its hardware event next week. According to a report from The Verge, Google is holding the event on October 4th in San Francisco. The purported Google Pixel smartphone is likely to replace Google’s Nexus lineup. The Pixel family is rumored to include two different sized devices. VentureBeat was able to get its hands on a clear image of one of the devices. Check out the image below:
Google Pixel Specs
For months, rumors about two new phones from the search engine giant have been circulating. The devices — codenamed Sailfish and Marlin — are supposed to ditch the Nexus branding in favor of Pixel and be built by HTC.
In June, Android Police provided details about the new smartphones from the search engine giant. The report said that the search engine giant is working on two new smartphones built by HTC. There will a 5-inch model, called Pixel X, and a 5.5-inch model, dubbed Pixel XL. The phones may feature an all-metal design.
In addition, the report said that the Pixel X would come with a 1080p display. The phone would feature a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2770 mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera.
Moreover, the website, which covers Android relates stuff, claimed that the Pixel X would have a top-mounted headphone jack, a fingerprint scanner on the rear and a USB-C port on the bottom.
The Pixel XL is rumored to have similar specs, except for a 5.5-inch QHD display and a 3450mAh battery.
According to Android Police, the smaller Pixel is expected to start at $649, more expensive than for any Nexus lineup yet.
A report from Android Central suggested that the search engine giant is planning to ditch the Nexus branding. The report revealed that the new smartphones will be shipped with a special version of Android Nougat.
By looking at features, it seems that search engine giant is making an innovative phone to compete with the iPhone. As we reported earlier, Google is “annoyed” at the iPhones perception of being the only “premium” offering on the market.
Talking about the Nexus line, Google CEO Sundar Pichai earlier this year said that his company would be “more opinionated about the design of the phones.” He added that the search giant is planning to “add more features on top of Android on Nexus phones”.
Other Products Google Needs To Release
Aside from Pixel smartphones, the search engine giant is expected to make announcements regarding other products it needs to release, according to The Verge.
Other products that the company is looking to reveal include Allo, its chat app, Google Home, its Alexa-like home speaker/smart assistant. The company is also preparing to release its Android-powered VR platform this fall.
Alphabet Inc –owned Google has underperformed rivals in the hardware division of the tech industry. The firm lacks a decent hardware division to complement its software.