We’re just a week or so away from Google’s hardware event where a bunch of new devices will be revealed. The “Made By Google ” event will take place in New York City at 11:00AM on Tuesday 9 October 2018. That’s 2:00AM on Wednesday 10 October 2018 EST. We can expect new Pixel smartphones, a revised Chromecast and, potentially, a new tablet product. Here’s the low down on the rumours and confirmed products.
Given all the leaks, a stolen shipment and accidental sales of new products, it’s not likely there will be too many surprises next week.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Since we looked at the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL a few weeks ago it’s been revealed that an entire shipment of the new Pixel 3 XL was “diverted” with a Ukranian dealer allegedly selling them for $2,000 each.
The Pixel 3 XL has a notch at the top of the display and a bottom bezel and the smaller Pixel 3 has top and bottom bezels.
Rozetked, who got their hands on one of the allegedly stolen phones, took a bunch of photos suggesting the new cameras on the devices will out-perform most of their competition.
Google has confirmed that pre-orders for the new devices will commence almost straight after the launch event next week.
Dubbed the Pixel Slate, the tablet looks like it will have a detachable keyboard with round keys.
It makes sense for Google to go down this road with both Apple and Microsoft having solid success with the iPad and Surface product lines.
Earlier this year, FCC filings by Google revealed a new Chromecast with Bluetooth and better 5GHz WiFi. Its been a couple of years since the last major Chromecast revision so it makes sense that we’ll see a refresh at this event.
A Reddit user claims to have purchased one before the official release somehow. So, it’s a strong possibility that a new Chromecast will be revealed.
Google Home Hub
The battle for smart home domaine is on and Google is likely to fire the next salvo with a new Google Home Hub. With a 7-inch touch display and Google Assistant, it will provide homes with a central control point for their connected home gear.
There’s some detailed information at My Smart Price that looks at FCC filings and other information that’s worth a look if you’re interested in this.