Only one month until the leaks stop –
We’ll see the Pixel 4 and probably a bunch of other Google hardware.
Google has sent out invites for the latest “Made by Google” hardware event. On October 15, the company will officially launch the Pixel 4 and probably a slew of other hardware. The livestream isalready registeredon YouTube, with a launch time of 10 am ET.
The Pixel 4 is the worst-kept secret of the year. In addition to leaks fromthe usual suspectsand Google’s ownpublic announcementof device features, any semblance of secrecy was killed last week whenseveralVietnameseYouTubersgot hold of a Pixel 4 prototype and started posting full video reviews.
Key features of the Pixel 4 include a 90 Hz OLED display (just like theOnePlus 7 Pro), two rear cameras and a time-of-flight sensor (the first multi -rear camera setup for a Pixel phone), and a thick top bezel packed with sensors for things like face recognition (apparently the only supported form of biometrics) and air gestures. Air gestures — which requires you to wave your hand above the phone screen to control it — have been tried on phones before, usually with poor results. For the Pixel 4 though, Google is using a “Soli” radar sensor that it developed in house, which will hopefully make the feature more useful.
As usual, we’reexpecting two phones, this year packing 5.7-inch and 6.3-inch OLED displays. The specs are a bit behind the competition, with the Snapdragon 855 instead of the faster Snapdragon 855 , only 6GB of RAM instead of the 8GB of RAM you get from other phones in this price range, and batteries that seem on the small side.
Google’s Pixel phones have always been about software, though. With this release, you’ll get (Android) and probably the“Next gen” Google Assistantthat was announced at Google I / O 2019 as “coming to new Pixel phones.” There’s also the Pixel’s top-shelf camera setup, which this year includes a focus on astrophotography.
Alongside the yearly smartphone launch, Google is also in the habit of launching a plethora of other hardware. This year, the expectations are asecond-genGoogle Home Mini (probably rebranded the “Google Nest Mini”) with better sound and an aux jack, and maybe even a Google Pixelbook 2, codenamed “Atlas,” which popped upat the FCCin July. With Wi-Fi 6ready for devicesit’s also time for a new Google Wi-Fi, and various Chromium commitshave been hintingat a next-gen version of Google’s mesh router. With Google’s track record for leaks, we’ll probably hear even more about these devices in the time between now and the launch event.
We are already signed up for the event, so we’ll bring you the latest on whatever Google announces on October 15.
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