As we have told you just yesterday, Google has set the date for 4 October to make some announcements.
As it turns out, Google will not reveal only one product – Pixel 2 flagships – but rather a quite a few products.
Google Home Mini
As the name suggests, the new Home Mini will do exactly the same things just as a fully sized Google Home would do. It will not have a built-in battery, so it will have to be plugged in at all times in order to work. Also, keep in mind that the audio will likely not be as loud and as clear due to the small size factor.
As you can see on the images, the speaker is expected to have 4 dots (likely interactive) to visually respond to feedback, though these will likely not be coloured as it is on the full sized Google Home.
The Home Mini is expected to go head-to-head against Amazon’s Echo Dot (Alexa) smart speaker, even in terms of pricing. According to the leaks, it will cost $49 and it will be available in Chalk, Charcoal and Coral colour options.
Daydream View (2017)
As it turns out, Google will also release refinement to their last year’s Daydream VR headset.
As of right now, it seems like there aren’t any major upgrades other than some refinements. The headset may be made out of something more rugged and perhaps from less soft materials. We can only just hope that this VR headset will withstand sweat a little better than the predecessor.
The new Daydream is expected to cost $99 which is a $20 increase over the previous generation. It will be available in Charcoal, Fog and Coral colour options.
Google Chrome Pixelbook
So, maybe you’re after an Android tablet and a laptop? Well, Google’s new Pixelbook will help you solve your problem – hopefully. The Pixelbook is a convertible laptop that can be turned into a tablet at any time and it will of course run ChromeOS.
This might replace the ChromeBook Pixel laptops that Google has discontinued years ago.
We aren’t yet aware of the specifications or have any clear details, but we’ll be updating you on this one as soon as we see some news popping up.
The Pixelbook is expected to cost $1199 with 128GB storage option, but it’s expected to have the highest configuration at $1749 with 512GB storage. It will also have a stylus that’s supposedly called “Pixelbook Pen”. The pen will retail for $99 and it will be pressure sensitive and come with tilt support – just like any other pen from other manufacturers.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
On the images below, you can see the standard Pixel 2 devices in Kinda Blue, Clearly White and Just Black colour options – just like last year, the team that came up with the names were clearly feeling funny.
The Pixel 2 is expected to cost $649 for the standard 64GB version while 128GB will cost you $749. There will be no 32GB or lower editions which is a welcome.
As for the Pixel 2 XL, it’s expected to be available in Just Black and in a Black & White version. We wonder what the naming team will call this…Panda perhaps?
The Pixel 2 XL will cost $849 for 64GB and $949 for 128GB. What this means is that if you want more storage, you will have to shell out an additional $100 – while this was ‘only’ $80 last year.
This is another example that smartphones are getting more expensive these days and limiting storage options by these amounts will not help anyone. Luckily, it still costs less than the iPhone X with its $999 price tag.
If you want to know more about the Pixel devices, we have covered them previously showing you reliable renders, leaks and specifications, check out below:
- Google Pixel 2 specifications and features revealed by FCC
- New Google Pixel 2 renders show up – no sign of headphone jack
What are your thoughts of the announcements Google is planning on making on 4 October? Which of these products are you excited to see and perhaps buy? Let us know in the comments down below!