Google Assistant's latest feature is a male voice

Wednesday, 04 Oct, 2017

Manufactured by HTC and LG, respectively, the handset is codenamed Walleye and Taimen, and according to a person familiar with Google's release plans, they will be released on October 19 for Pixel 2 and November 15 for Pixel 2 XL, both preceded by preorder periods. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to come with improvements and upgrades under the hood, as well as design.

So what are the biggest rumors and features in question? It might be a clip-on camera accessory that's akin to the Essential Phone's 360-degree camera accessory.

The Chrome OS-running laptop is expected to be priced between United States dollars 1,199 and USD 1,749 and is expected to come with its own range of accessories such as a smart pencil. While I'm always cool with freebies, a Google Home Mini is 100x a better bonus than a VR headset, in my opinion.

The voice should be live before Google's Pixel 2 Event today. Google's LG-made Pixel 2 XL will likely have a 6-inch edge-to-edge OLED display.

Within that context, "clips" could also be placed around a smart home for use in conjunction with the Google Home range.

The original Pixel now costs £599 with the larger Pixel XL costing £719 so expect similar pricing for the new phones.

Google is all geared up to launch what is expected to be a long list of hardware devices at its annual event held on 4 October. If in fact the phone ditches the headphone jack it's likely due to waterproofing, which the original phones were lacking. It packs 3520 mAh battery but there was no mention of wireless charging.

The specs list also says it's clad in aluminum, with a dustproof, water-resistant build and that it has 4GB of RAM and a 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm chipset - the model doesn't seem to be named but it's nearly certainly a Snapdragon 835, which is the highest end chip in the range.

Google is expected to sell its Pixel 2 for $649 for the 64GB option and $749 for the 128GB version. Tonight there is going to be nothing called Ultra Pixel at the Google event. Unlike previous versions, this is expected to be a two-in-one system, or a computer-tablet hybrid similar to that of Lenovo's Yoga line.

This isn't the first leak for Google's upcoming slate of products.

The inventory page also details 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities, which is the same as what was leaked by Droid-Life last month.

However, sources believe Google's new headphones will have a wire that connects the two buds. Instead it will cost around $100. There were reports that company is working on a new OS called Fuchsia. The page has already been taken down, but it looks like nearly everything about the upcoming laptop have already been uncovered.

If the Pixelbook turns out to be anywhere near as well designed and filled with clever touches as the Chromebook Pixel, it's set to be a fantastic laptop. Aside from the new handsets, Google is also expected to launch the Google Home mini speaker and the new Chromebook Pixel laptop. The handset is said to cost $49.