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Here's what to expect from Google at October 9th event

08 October 2018 5

Undoubtedly the October is full of new announcements. Google, Huawei, Samsung, LG, and many others are going to announce new products this month. However one of the most awaited events of the year is certainly Google's October event. The search engine giant Google hold two major tech events every year. In the first half of the year, Google I/O event is held to showcase the latest developments in the software department whereas the second event in October is usually meant to announce new hardware products.

So if you are a software geek you should wait for the yearly I/O event whereas hardware lovers are waiting eagerly for Google's October event. The first week of October is over, now all eyes are on the Google event which is just around the corner. Finally, we will be witnessing the final products after tons of leaks, rumors, and speculations. In the past few weeks, we have been bombarded with continuous leaks and rumors regarding the next big flagship Pixel phones from Google and other hardware products. ​

The endless stream of rumors and leaks will finally come to an end on Oct 9. Last year Google unveiled a Pixel 2 series, gigantic Pixelbook and Google Home. Thanks to continuous rumors and leaks we have pretty much idea regarding about what to expect from Google on the upcoming event. So if you are following our coverage regarding the new Pixel phones, Pixelbook, and other products, this roundup will be a treat for you. From what we know so far Google is going to announce Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Google Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub with smart display and many other products. Without any further delay, let's find out what Google is cooking inside.

How to watch Live streaming?

Like earlier events, Google will be live streaming this event on October 9. The event will be live streamed via Google's official YouTube channel from 11 am ET. So make sure you watch event live and also stay connected to our coverage.

Pixel 3 series
Credit: OnLeaks

It is pretty much confirmed that Google will be announcing Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL flagships on the Oct 9 event and certainly both the phones will be the limelight of the show. Like last year Google will announce Pixel 3 as the standard model whereas for the phablet lovers there will be Pixel 3 XL. Initially, we heard rumors that Google is going to announce an entry-level Pixel phone as well to target budget-conscious customers but it seems like Google changed their plans.

Almost all leaks and rumors indicate Google will be bringing major upgrades with the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Like always most of the internal hardware on both the devices will remain the same, however, there will be few significant visual changes in terms of looks for the larger variant. Being the premium model mostly changes are focused on the Pixel 3 XL. The Pixel 3 XL will have a gigantic display, a small notch at the top of the display, significant bezel on the bottom to fit in the front-facing speakers, rear fingerprint scanner.

On the other hand, the Pixel 3 will retain the standard look, you won't find it much different from the predecessor in terms of looks. The frame on both the devices is squeezable like the predecessor and most likely it will access Google Assistant on squeezing. Despite the fact, the smartphone companies are racing towards triple rear cameras but Google will stick with single rear snapper once again. The single rear sensors on Pixel 3 series will be best-in-class straight out of the box.

This year instead of bringing dual rear cameras, Google opted dual selfie cameras. Apart from the primary color lens, Google is bringing a wide-angle sensor on the front for wide-angle selfies. Instead of doubling the sensors Google relies heavily on the computational algorithms to enhance the capturing experience, same will be the case this year. So it doesn't matter whether Pixel 3 series still have a single rear camera, for sure it will be improved from the last year.

The internal hardware on both the devices will be no different than latest Android flagships. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC will be powering the device, the Adreno 630 will be on board as GPU. Both the devices will have 4GB RAM with 64GB or 128GB native storage. Both the devices will have different displays and batteries. Once again you will be getting the latest version of Android OS straight out of the box with AI goodies.

Although both the devices are leaking continuously we are still not aware regarding the pricing. The good thing is Google will start taking pre-orders soon after the announcement. If you want to know more details we recently roundup all the details we know so far regarding the Pixel 3 phones.

Google Home Hub


It's no surprise to see Google Home Hub at the event because from past couple of years Google is focusing heavily on a connected home that's why we have seen many AI products from Google for a home in last few years. Back at the CES this year Google showcased a number of Assistant powered devices with display and from the look of the things the company is going to announce their own product AI Assistant powered product with the display at the event.

The Google product will be unveiled as Home Hub and it appeared in new leak recently. It looks like a 7-inches tab mounted on a base so that you can fit it anywhere in your home. Like most of the Google Home products, it will be available in white and Charcoal variants. The recently leaked renders look like the official posters which showcase both the color variants.

Recently the hardware specs sheet of Google Home Hub also leaked online which suggest its dedicated button for volume controller and microphone are on the rear top edge, it weighs 480g. In terms of features, the Google Home Hub will bring all the goodies which you are enjoying on the current gen of AI Assistant powered products with the display. Apart from verbal feedback, you will be able to have info on the display screen as well.

At the moment only Duo calling is rumored to be the only feature which will differentiate it from other products in the market. It lacks a camera sensor. Surprisingly we have rumored that Home Hub will be available at a price tag of $149. We also heard reports Google wants to ship more than 3 million units of Home Hub by the end of 2018, at the aforementioned price tag it is pretty much possible.


Pixel Stand

Apart from dedicated Google Hub product, we heard reports Google is planning to introduce Pixel Stand. This stand will be utilized to turn your Pixel phone into a smart speaker. Surprisingly most of the details regarding the Pixel stand are still in dark but the core feature will be to provide a more streamlined option to directly access Google Assistant even when your smartphone is locked.

There are chances the Pixel Stand will double as a wireless charger as well. So when you put your phone on the dock it not only will be an AI Assistant but also it will top up your battery as well. If that the case you can't expect it to be utilized with older Pixel phones as older models lack support for wireless charging.

Pixelbook 2

Last year at the October event Google announced the first gen of Pixelbook. So the chances are quite high we will be witnessing the second gen of Pixebook at the event. So far all the leaks indicate instead of bringing overhaul in design the company focused on the internal upgrades. The Pixelbook 2 will be running on the latest Intel 8th-gen processor. The display will be upgraded to the 4K, if it is true the Pixelbook 2 will be amongst the first in the market with a 4K display. The bezels will be trimmed from the edges.

Thanks to Google Project Fi, we can expect the Pixelbook 2 will have better LTE support and also improved security features. Google is slowly making the Chrome OS more focused towards portability, So we can expect more tab features with the latest gen of Pixelbook.

Pixel Slate

The rumors suggest the Pixelbook might not be the only Chrome-OS product at this event instead the company is planning to introduce a 2-in-1 Chromebook at the event. This product will be dubbed as Pixel slate. If this rumor is accurate the Pixel Slate will become the first tab from Google running on the Chrome OS. Most likely it will also have the 8th gen processor.

Instead of trimmed bezels design like the Pixelbook 2, the Pixel Slate will have significant bezels so that users can easily hold it from edges without worrying about the display. Most of the details regarding the Pixel Slate are in dark, we can expect to hear more at the event.

Chromecast 3

A few weeks ago the third gen of Chromecast was not even in the list of expected products, however recently a buyer accidentally purchased the Chromecast 3 from Best Buy which turns everyone's attention. So now it is pretty much sure that Google will showcase the third-gen Chromecast at the event. Despite the fact, the Chromecast 3 has been sold recently but still, it is dark what kind of goodies the next gen of chromecast is bringing to lure customers.

From what we heard the new chrome case is bringing slight design changes and also it will have more Bluetooth support than the predecessors. However, it is important to mention the Chromecast 3 won't be overhauled like the Amazon Fire TV cube.

Pixel Buds 2

The Pixel Buds second gen arrival is confirmed by the well-known tipster Evan Blass who is accurate most of the times. He claimed that Google will launch next gen of Pixel Buds alongside the flagship phones. However, it is important to mention that Blass also stated the arrival of Pixel Watch at the same event but later on Google officially denied the arrival of Pixel Watch. That's why we can't claim confidently whether Google will showcase the Pixel Buds 2 at the Oct 9 event or not.

The good thing is Google fans don't have to wait longer as the Oct 9 isn't far away. Feel free to share your views with fellow readers in the comments section below regarding the Google October 9 roundup. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.


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