Google is gearing up for an exciting hardware event on Wednesday, October 4 at 10 AM ET. Unlike other companies that try to keep leaks and rumors at bay, Google has taken a different approach by embracing them. In fact, they have even announced and revealed pictures and specifications of their upcoming devices ahead of the event.
If you visit the Google Store right now, you will be greeted with a giant ad featuring the highly anticipated Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Google Watch 2. You can also find additional photos and information about these devices. The design of the Pixel 8 follows the design language of its predecessor, the Pixel 6, with rounded corners. On the other hand, the Pixel 8 Pro is reported to drop the secondary hole in the camera bar.
Aside from the devices themselves, the landing page on the Google Store also highlights some existing software features like Magic Eraser and Live Translate. It seems like Google is really putting emphasis on providing a seamless user experience.
Moving on to the specifications, rumors suggest that the Pixel 8 will sport a 6.2-inch display, while the Pixel 8 Pro will have a slightly larger 6.7-inch display. Both devices are also said to have increased brightness. Another interesting rumor is a new thermometer feature that could be present in the Pixel 8, allowing users to measure temperature.
Of course, with new features and advancements usually come a higher price tag. The Pixel 8 is rumored to start at $699, whereas the Pixel 8 Pro is expected to be a bit pricier, starting at $999. If you’re eager to get your hands on these devices, preorders will start on October 4, with shipping commencing on the 12th.
For fans of smartwatches, the Pixel Watch 2 is also making waves. Rumored to start at $349, it may even be bundled with the preorder of the Pixel 8 Pro. A video showcases a new sensor, possibly electrodermal, which could be used to measure stress levels—an exciting prospect for health-conscious individuals.
Unfortunately, there is no information regarding any updates on Google’s smart home and Nest products. It appears that the company’s smart home ambitions have been put on hold, at least for now.
If you’re looking for real-time updates on this highly anticipated event, TechCrunch will provide live coverage on October 4. Stay tuned for all the exciting announcements and developments from Google’s hardware event.
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