Just like in 2016, Google will once again launch a series of products on the same day, October 4. Unlike its competitor, Apple, Google tends to keep its hardware launches to one per year. Google is expected to launch a series of products, including the debut of a mini connected speaker, a laptop, and a VR headset. However, most of the excitement is centered around the handheld devices the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The entire launch event will be broadcasted live on YouTube at 9:00 am pacific time.
This will be the second instance when Google’s hardware launch event will be its self-branded smartphones. This year’s showcase will be the Pixel 2, manufactured by HTC and Pixel 2 XL, developed by LG. The two devices are codenamed as Walleye and Taimen, and were initially planned to showcase the new Snapdragon 836 by Qualcomm, known as the “iterative system on chip.” However, there was a delay in the rollout of the processing chip, because of which the two Pixel devices will have the chip similar to Samsung products that were launched this year and the LG V30 – the Snapdragon 835.
The Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080p. Pixel 2 is smaller of the two devices, which has a pretty standard aspect ratio of 16:9. Meanwhile, Pixel 2 XL is expected to have a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, making it a competitive product in the high-end smartphone market. While Google has tried to give it a reduced bezel profile, the Pixel 2 XL does not meet expectations as far as true edge-to-edge display.
The two phones look pretty similar, with variations in storage – 64GB and 128GB—with 4GB RAM and 12.0-megapixel rear camera. The Pixel 2 is expected to be priced at $649-749 and the Pixel 2 XL is expected to be close to $1000, depending upon the storage capacity.
Google will go for a split rollout of these devices, with Pixel 2 available by October 19 and the 2 XL will be available by the second week of November.