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Pixel 2 XL Release Date: Here’s what to expect in Google hardware event

The headliners in Google’s special media launch event are probably the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagship smartphones that will compete with Apple iPhone 8.

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We are just a couple of days from the Google’s biggest hardware product launch event as it all will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 4. We already have an idea about what will be announced in San Francisco, including the latest iteration Pixel smartphones and a number of huge upgrades as compared to the original ones, alongside some notable hardware products.

Here’s a are the products that we can expect when the Mountain View-headquartered technology giant company takes the center stage in San Francisco on 4th:

Pixel 2 XL

The headliners in Google’s special media event are probably the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL flagship smartphones, the successors to the refreshed smartphone line (after the Nexus) that the search mammoth designed itself, which it released on the same day in 2016. Looking by the tech firm’s first venture to design a smartphone in-house, the next iteration should be a very exciting set of of handsets.

The larger among the two, the Google Pixel 2 XL, is supposed to be a huge deal and stands out against the smaller one, in a number of ways.

Unlike the last year’s flagship, Alphabet’s subsidiary will make the Pixel 2 XL more compelling with a number of improvements over the smaller sibling, including a attractive form-factor design with significantly slimmer bezels on the sides as well as on the bottom and top. The Pixel 2 XL purportedly equipped with a Quad-HD display, and both front and back camera systems will sport an optical image stabilization (OIS). The Velvetiere also reports that the bigger Pixel 2 will have an electronic sim slot, as well s IP67 dust and water resistance certification and the latest and tougher Gorilla Glass 5 for the screen display. Moreover, the device may also include “squeezable” sides that would let the owner to press in while holding the handset phone to make an actions, including launching camera or Google Assistant.

Pixel 2

The Pixel 2, on the other hand, the smaller phone will have a lot of the same key specifications under the hood, but the rumors and speculations suggests to have a larger bezels, and t will have the same display as to the last year’s instead of QHD. Additionally, the Pixel 2 also won’t get the same wide color gamut of the Pixel 2 XL.

Advertisement Both handset phones sound like they should be exciting and should compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8. The very first smartphones from the search engine also had one of the best camera snappers in the market. Google should improve the last year’s camera on the Pixel, so expect this smartphones to win honors in that regard and go head-to-head with the recently-launched iPhone 8 and 8 Plus on camera quality as well as Galaxy Note 8’s.

Pixelbook

One of the more interesting reports from the rumor mill about the Google hardware event is the a reinstatement of the Google’s top-end Pixel Chromebook laptop computer. We have already heard that a premium laptop dubbed as Pixelbook is in the works, with a retail price tag more in line with the entry-level Apple MacBooks than with most Chromebook machines. The new laptop will come with a stylus accessory but we’re not sure whether it’s included in the box or you will need to purchase it separately.

The Pixelbook has been confirmed in a set of leaked images, and looks to have a flip around screen display for full tablet conversion. There are a number of rumors that the stylus pen will retail for around $100 separately.

A ChromeOS operating system-powered Pixelbook that sells for over $1,000 will not probably to be a hot seller – the aging ChromeOS that only runs web apps has come a long way over the years without key upgrades. However, the come back of the top-of-the-line Google-designed Chromebook could help revitalize the boring ecosystem and skyrocket ideas, and we were actually a huge fan of the original Chromebook Pixel hardware form factor design, so we at the Centrio News’ tech team are excited have a hands-on and how this machine compares to the competition.

Google Home Mini

This year has been a smart voice assistant so far, with Apple joining Google, Amazon and among others and is committed to release HomePod. The e-commerce giant Amazon recently launched a whole bunch of new Alexa and Echo smart home speakers. The search giant’s jump to follow the wave with a key updates to Home, the Google Assistant-powered smart speaker it first appeared at the I/O last year and started selling in earlier this year.

We have already heard a number of rumors and seen leaked images that there could be a miniature version of Google Home, to directly compete and burn Amazon’s more affordable Echo Dot at round the $50 price mark. Furthermore, there are speculations that Google could also be introducing a larger and more premium models. Should there’s a single thing Home could use, it’s a device with a better sound – most especially with Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod on the line and set for a released by the end of 2017.

Daydream View VR

The virtual reality is something the Mountain View made right into its last Pixel smartphones, and the Android mobile operating system the company shipped with. A new report suggests that the company will be releasing a refreshed Daydream VR headset with a number of key improvements, and costs a bit higher that the predecessor.

Google has a plethora of hardware product research and developments going on, and this year’s special media event is the tech giant’s massive chance to issue an updates on progress since the I/O in June 2017. We are expecting to see and hear a lot more apart from the hardware we’ve mentioned above. Some of the things we are expecting from Google itself includes the next update on its Assistant and its works to other hardware products, and among others.

We will be live from the Google’s launch event on October 4th starting at 12 NN ET / 9 AM PT, so stay tune in here for all the news updates.

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Samsung To Reverse Engineer iPhone X’s Face ID, 3D Facial Recognition Coming To Galaxy S9

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 follow iPhone X’s 3D facial recognition as it will reverse engineer TrueDepth camera system-enabled Face ID.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 to copy Apple iPhone X Face ID

It’s time for us technology enthusiasts to begin looking at the future yet again. You’ve got to like hearing rumors, speculations and predictions from industry analysts as well as leaks. Just as we are done with the launches of Apple’s iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2 devices, a new details for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S9 is emerging online.

The very first leaks about the Galaxy S9 arrived early on this year. It is widely believed that owing to enhanced mass-manufacturing and production processes, the South Korean technology giant is able to speed up the flagship’s development. With the futuristic all-screen iPhone X, the Cupertino increased the antes in the mobile industry by a little. Now, i seems like the Korean OEM will once again follow the design.

Samsung Galaxy S9 To Equip With Snapdragon 845 SoC And Face ID-esque 3D Facial Recognition — TrueDepth Camera System— From The iPhone X

Apple’s 2017 special media launch event made us be nostalgic about the better moments. It made us think when Apple used to be ahead of the loop. The Face ID, which enable by TrueDepth camera system, marks the ceremonial debut of 3D facial recognition in the mobile industry. And it’s the Cupertino who lead the change in the standard feature of a flagship device. But, now it appears like its biggest nemesis will catch up earlier than one can anticipate.

Advertisement Two days prior to this news went viral online, a Chinese source purportedly suggested that the Galaxy S series maker will launch its own version of 3D Facial recognition on the Galaxy S9 in February or March. Today, another source closed to the matter makes an identical claims and adds detailed information. The supply chain sources in China said that Samsung is on its way to reverse engineer the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system. With that said, this will allow Samsung to imitate the Face ID on 2018’s Galaxy S9.

In addition to introducing its Face ID-like feature on the Galaxy S9, the device will also be shipping with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. A number of sources believes the handset will be released around Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona. The smartphone’s all-screen display will be quite different from the S8, with narrower bezels on the top and bottom portions of the front panel.

What’s more interesting with Samsung’s aim to copy and reproduce the components or hardware part of the 3d facial recognition system is the South Korean tech giant be able to sufficiently mass-produce 3D Facial recognition’s modules for the Galaxy S9? After all, it’s the very same modules and components which has given Apple a headaches because the company can’t mass produce the hardware and the eventual mass-production delays of the iPhone X. Given Samsung’s vast resources, it just could be able to achieve that. Let us know what you think about Samsung’s 3D facial recognition on the Galaxy s9 in the comments section below.

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iPhone X Release: New iPhone X Decrypts Apple’s Awry Future

The iPhone X may be the future of Apple Inc. in terms new and cutting-edge technologies, but certainly not the future of the iPhone design.

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New iPhone X Features Apple's Awry Future

Apple investors know that the iPhone X is the future of the company’s smartphone product line. That’s the suggestion from Apple‘s very own precious Chief Design Officer Jony Ive in an interview. But has the Cupertino-based technology company put too much attention on aesthetic design aspect of the iPhone and not ample on the consumers side?

Let’s begin with the all-screen design with sheets of durable glass on the front and back panels of the Apple’s top-of-the-line flagship. While the components may be all-glass just like the iPhone 4 smartphone, the tech giant has been working to minimize the three specific aspects — which is front and back panel as well as the steel frame chassis into a single consumer electronic product. The new manufacturing and building process employed for the iPhone X are a a giant leap forward.

For the majority of the consumers, a phrase like “bezel-less” phrase on an smartphone generates an assumption that the screen panel will be entirely covered by Super Retina OLED display when you look at the premium flagship. That’s evidently not the logic if you first look at the iPhone X with a normal visions.

Designers like Ive can see the radical change, consumers else notices a device that is called “bezel-less” and everyone thinks “what are those little black edge of the handset?”

And if you want to create discussions regarding the dominant essence of the iPhone X screen display, it is worth remembering that the screen to body ratio of the iPhone X is significantly lower than the Samsung Galaxy S8 series and Note 8. The iPhone X has 82.9 percent screen-to-body ratio, while the Galaxy Note 8 got 83.2 percent. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have 83.6% and 84%, respectively.

Advertisement Then there is the new addition of facial recognition powered by TrueDepth Camera System called Face ID. What nightmare does the depth-sensing facial recognition solve that wasn’t already addressed by the Touch ID fingerprint biometric sensor?

It certainly addressed one of the Cupertino’s main dilemma with iPhone design. If you want to move to a cellular device that has as fewer active mechanical components on the external interface of a handset as possible, then completely getting rid of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is an essential goal. It’s not totally removing the Touch ID, but the physical home button that houses the fingerprint sensor. If only Apple ultimately achieve the under-display fingerprint scanner on the iPhone X, the company will surely not remove the Touch ID on the flagship phone.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as the newly released iPhone 8 and 8 Plus moved to embraced the virtual haptic home button embedded in to the bottom part of the devices, but the electronic components to register touch and read the fingerprint of a user remained intact. But with the iPhone X, that intricacy has been totally removed — and while it is completely replaced with the TrueDepth Camera System (dot projector, flood illuminator, infrared camera, other 3D sensors), these are vital components that will receive less aging over the lifetime of the handset.

With the advantage of TrueDepth Camera System technology (Face ID) on Apple’s iPhone X, it also brings the ugly notch on the top of the device.

Until independent hands-on of the commercial unit of an iPhone X in the wild can be executed, the advantage of Face ID over Touch ID remain to be determined.

Face ID powered by the TrueDepth camera system by projecting and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to make a precise depth map of the user’s face.

Apple has sacrificed the immersive user experience for the iPhone X to have a unique visual outline as earmark. Apple has notably advised the iOS developers to not conceal the notch.

Apple’s option in the design around the notch was to highlight the company itself, not create a smooth and immersive experience for the user end.

When I first look at the iPhone X in the flesh, first thing i notice is the gorgeously beautiful OLED display and the design that works for Apple’s benefit first, with the end-user next.

We would like to see a better embracing of every technology standards and less of a dependence on proprietary technology. Using Qi standard for the new iPhone wireless charging support is a good leap forward.

While Apple focuses on design that mainly benefits the company itself, Android mobile operating system adoption of the standard technology is growing while the premium price and gimmicky aesthetic design of the iPhone X is going to be late and have a inimical impact on the handset’s overall performance.

The sales figures of the iPhone nosedived in the last two years. The cutting-edge technologies on the iPhone X is certainly the future of Apple’s iPhone. But I disagree that it is the future of the iPhone design.

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