Google’s next Pixel event is just around the corner, and while it’s no secret that the Google Pixel 7 series and Pixel Watch will be the stars of the show, the event hasn’t been completely spoiled.
Previous leaks and teasers from Google itself may have lessened the element of surprise for the company’s big day on October 6, but some unannounced devices, like the long-awaited Pixel tablet, could also get a bigger push that day. Here’s everything we’re anticipating at the upcoming Made by Google event.
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
Google first unveiled its next Pixel phones in May during this year’s I/O event. As you may already know, the Pixel 7 series borrows heavily from the camera design of last year’s model. However, the camera bar adds an extra flair of aluminum silver or gold finishes that accentuate the sensors, making the dual-camera Pixel 7 and triple-camera Pixel 7 Pro easier to tell apart.
The Google Pixel phones are usually known for their outstanding camera performance, so we’re excited to see any new upgrades that Google will roll out for this year’s models. In a nutshell, the Google Pixel 6 series ushered in a new era in mobile photography with the introduction of novel features like Magic Eraser that remove photo bombers from your frame. Expect the next-gen Pixel phones to have similar machine learning-based capabilities.
In terms of camera specifications, the Pixel 7 series should not differ significantly from its predecessor. Recent rumors point to the same 50-megapixel main sensors for both the standard and Pro variants as found in Google’s current best Android phones. Meanwhile, the search giant is expected to treat the front cameras of both phones with the same sensors this time around. While the Pixel 6 Pro is the only model with an 11-megapixel selfie camera, Google could put the same sensor in the front of this year’s standard model as well as the Pro variant.
Another upgrade we’re likely to see in the Pixel 7 series is the next-gen Tensor chipset. Rumors have it that the phones will be powered by a Tensor G2 processor which is said to improve GPU performance over its predecessor.
All of this suggests that the Pixel 7 series is an incremental improvement over its predecessor, and the purported pricing seems to support that. According to Artem Russakovskii, the founder of Android Police, the Pixel 7 will reportedly cost $599, while the Pro variant will likely cost $899. In this case, they carry the same price tags as the Pixel 6 series.
Google pixel watch
This year’s Made by Google event will be extra special with the anticipated unveiling of the first smartwatch in the Pixel family of devices. The Pixel Watch will likely serve as a prime example for Google’s Wear OS 3, although this is already available on some of the top Android smartwatches from Samsung and Montblanc.
Google teased the Pixel Watch alongside the Pixel 7 series in May, and a slew of leaks and rumors have been circulating online since then. The biggest leak was made available exclusively to Android Central, giving us our best look at the smartwatch, or at least its prototype, which was left behind and found in a US restaurant
The watch could run a beefed-up version of Wear OS 3 with built-in Google apps like Google Maps, Assistant and Wallet on board. Like many of the best Wear OS watches, it will reportedly feature a prominent crown, side button and circular display. It also appears to have a glass dome-shaped display that seems to curve over the edges.
A recent leak revealed the possible strap styles and watch faces for the watch. We’ve seen silicone, leather, and fabric straps, among others.
Inside, the Pixel Watch is said to be powered by a Samsung Exynos chip instead of a custom Tensor processor. It is also rumored to pack 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. If true, it has more RAM capacity than the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series.
You can also expect deeper Fitbit integration. This suggests you can view and track health information like heart rate and sleep data. A recently leaked advert confirms this integration. Additionally, a Reddit user recently posted a series of hands-on images of the Pixel Watch, including retail packaging with the Fitbit logo on it, making it the first product developed by Google and Fitbit since the acquisition.
There’s no solid evidence on pricing yet, but a recent rumor has it that the Wi-Fi model could cost £339 in the UK and around $350 in the US, which is almost $100 more than the Galaxy Watch.
A Google Pixel tablet cameo
Of course, the event won’t be complete without some surprises from the search giant. We already know that the Google Pixel tablet won’t officially launch until early 2023, but the tablet is expected to make a cameo appearance at tomorrow’s Pixel event.
Google teased the tablet back in May, but details about its specs have largely remained a mystery. Luckily, recent leaks have given us some clues about the device. For example, a leak from Kuba Wojciechowski and 91mobiles claimed it would have an 11-inch display with up to 256GB of storage.
Hopefully the Mountain View-based tech titan will provide more teasers about the tablet at the Pixel event.
New Nest hardware
Google also promised to showcase new Nest products at the event. The company just recently announced a new wired Nest doorbell with a new design that’s similar to the latest wireless version. It also introduced the new $199 Nest Wifi Pro, which supports the faster Wi-Fi 6E standard.
Still, we wouldn’t rule out more Nest hardware announcements. Google is expected to discuss more about its ecosystem of devices, especially after announcing a major overhaul of the Home app. The redesign includes a fully customizable user interface with new tabs for quick access to key areas like automation.
How to watch the Made by Google event
If you follow Google’s announcements, the event will take place on Thursday at 7am PT / 10am ET in Brooklyn, NY. It will also be live streamed via the Google Store (opens in new tab) and YouTube (opens in new tab). We’re also covering the event on our live blog, so stay tuned.
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