Invites are out for Google’s Pixel event on October 4th, and thanks to a massive leak from Droid Life, just about everything has leaked. That might remove the surprise element from the show, but it doesn’t diminish how exciting the new products are.
Starting with the third generation Chromebook Pixel, now called the Google Pixelbook, we’re getting an upscale Chromebook that folds back into a tablet (similar to Samsung’s Chromebook Pro).
There will be three storage options, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, and prices will be $1,199, $1,399 and $1,749 respectively. Silver will be the only color at launch. For an additional $99, Google will introduce a Pixelbook Pen, which will be pressure sensitive, have tilt support and should perform with no lag.
Arguably the most exciting products will be the new Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The smaller Pixel 2 will come in “Just Black” and “Clearly White”, and also a new “Kinda Blue”, which is a pale, grayish blue. It’s literally kinda blue. It’ll be manufactured by HTC, maker of the first Pixel phones, and come with 64GB and 128GB storage options. Prices are $649 (or $27.04/mo) and $749 (or $31.21/mo), depending on storage.
The larger Pixel 2 XL will be made by Nexus veteran LG and come in two colors, “Just Black” and a kind of Stormtrooper looking “Black & White”. Storage options are again 64GB and 128GB, and will be priced at $849 (or $35.38/mo) and $949 (or $39.54/mo) respectively. That’s definitely at the upper end of flagship pricing and rubs elbows with the recent Note 8 and iPhone X.
A new Daydream View VR headset will launch at a slightly higher $99 ($20 more than last time), with a new design and new colors – “Charcoal”, “Fog” and “Coral”. The softer cloth finish of the previous headset seems to have been upgraded to a tougher nylon material, presumably to be more sweat resistant. Overall, the design is a bit more polished and again includes the controller. Discounts might also be offered in combination with a new Pixel purchase.
And finally, a miniaturized Google Home, the Google Home Mini, will launch at $49 and in three colors – “Chalk”, “Charcoal” and “Coral”. Based on leaked images, the Mini will have to be plugged in and will not be wireless, but will have Google Assistant and be able to help with schedules, reminders, news, weather and so on. Unlike the regular Google Home, the bases on the Mini can’t be swapped, but they’ll come with a dark base for the Charcoal model, white base for the Chalk and matching coral base for the Coral. There also appears to be four lights on top of the units that will likely function as the multi-colored LEDs on the regular Google Home, signaling when you’re interacting with the Mini. At less than half the price of the regular Google Home, this could be an excellent alternative for many.
October 4 is just a couple of weeks away and although we have a good idea of what’s coming, it’ll still be exciting to get all of the details and find out when we can get our hands on everything.