Apple’s keynote event has been long gone and the next big hardware launch after the new iPhones is from Made by Google, and it won’t just be Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
After several months of rumors, speculations and leaks, Google is finally taking the spotlight to announce its latest hardware products, including the new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagships — and possibly a new Chrome OS-powered Pixel Slate 2-in-1 tablet PC, a Google Home Hub smart display, new Chromecast and more.
Google’s annual hardware press conference has become a launch event for a bunch of new electronic products, from smartphones to wireless headset to smart speakers. The October 9 event in a number of locations approaches, and this is what you should expect to see.
Launch Date confirmed
For the first time, Google has opted New York, Paris and London instead of San Francisco for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL event. You can watch Google’s live stream on Google’s YouTube Channel.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagships are going to be the leading superstars of the blockbuster event. And we already have an idea what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will look like. There’s even an unboxing and hands-on video of the larger phone.
The Pixel 3 XL reportedly has a big notched on the topmost of its display just like the new iPhones and most other 2018 smartphones available in the market. But it also has a prominent chunk of chin on the bottom. The Pixel 3 will allegedly ship without a notch, but has top and bottom bezels that houses the dual front stereo speakers.
With just a single-lens camera on the back as per leaks suggests, the big question is how good is the main camera. But given the mere fact that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera still produce a quite impressive photos, it’ll be gripping to see how the successors compares to the Smart HDR effects available in the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
Google Pixel Slate
The month of October is already looking quite an extremely hot month for new laptops and tablets. Microsoft’s event is scheduled on October 2 where the Redmond-based software giant is expected to unveil the refresh Surface line. Google’s successor to last year’s Pixelbook Chromebook is rumored to be a Chrome OS 2-in-1 tablet computer, called Pixel Slate. The new tablet reportedly can double as a laptop.
Google’s last notable release to its Chromecast was the Ultra dating back in 2016. Google always releases a software update to its Chromecast. And the most recent addition to the Chromecast is the Google Assistant, making you TV set even smarter. The upcoming Chromecast model features a Bluetooth and an improved 5 GHz WiFi that was leaked through FCC filings back in August. There is a report that the search engine giant may bundle the new Chromecast with a Home Mini smart speaker as a “Smart TV Kit”.
Google Home Hub
Last year, Google went to compete with Amazon’s standard and mini Alexa-powered Echo smart speakers by adding the Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. This year, though, it’s all about smart displays. A number of Google-powered smart display-equipped smart speakers like the Lenovo Smart Display 10 and JBL Link View are already available in the market. Now, the rumored Google Home Hub, which leaked earlier via an FCC filing, will be Google’s own answer to the Amazon Echo Show.
The upcoming Pixel Stand is the new wireless charging dock for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel Stand comes with a USB Type-C connector with an orange and white color and features the Google logo underneath the base. Unlike other wireless chargers in the market, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will sit upright on the Pixel Stand.
How to watch Google event
The most convenient platform to watch the launch event is straight from the Made by Google YouTube channel, which will stream the event live once it kicks off. Through YouTube, you can watch the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL launch event on any handheld devices and any computer, which makes it the easiest way to watch Google unveil its new electronic products.