What Else To Expect At Google's Pixel 4 Hardware Event On October 15th

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Google is holding its big yearly hardware event on October 15th, and like in years past, nearly everything that the company has on the docket has leaked ahead of time. Devices like the Google Pixel 4 and Pixelbook Go have been seen in great detail, but information and images on other hardware expected has been a bit hardware to come by.

Regardless, here's a quick rundown of everything we're expecting to see next week from Google.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

When it comes to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, we know just about everything about the two devices with the exception of their official U.S. pricing. As you might expect from a flagship Android device launching in 2019, the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC (not the faster Snapdragon 855+) and it will have an in-display fingerprint reader (instead of the rear-mounted optical reader on its predecessors). 

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL has been ditched in favor of a more substantial and uniform bezel above the display. Not only does the bezel house the front facing cameras, but it also contains 3D facial recognition and Project Soli hardware to power the Pixel 4's gesture recognition system. You'll be able to do things like answer phone calls or skip tracks in music apps like Spotify and Pandora. We're also expecting some rather major changes to the Google Assistant, including a new raise-to-activate feature.

Google Pixel 4

As for the specs of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, we'll lay them out below:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Display: 5.7-inch (Full HD+) 90Hz, 6.3-inch (QHD+) 90Hz
  • Cameras: 12-megapixel dual-pixel + 16-megapixel telephoto
  • Audio: Stereo speakers
  • Wired Connectivity: USB-C
  • Battery: 2800 mAh, 3700 mAh
  • Features: Face Unlock, motion sensor
  • Security: Titan M security module
  • OS: Android with 3 years of security and OS updates

One other piece of hardware that will find its way into the Pixel 4 family is Pixel Neural Core, which is rumored to replace the Pixel Visual Core found in previous Pixel smartphones. This chip is likely to be used in conjunction with the Snapdragon 855 in order to power the smartphone's computational photography effects. There’s also a slight change that Google might tease a 5G version of the Pixel 4.

Google Pixelbook Go

Like the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, the Pixelbook Go has been the subject of extensive leaks. In fact, the most recent leak this morning detailed nearly every aspect of the device (sans its pricing). The most interesting aspect of the laptop's design is actually its bottom panel, which has a grippy, washboard-like surface. It's definitely quite the departure from the smooth bottoms with rubber feet that we see with most traditional laptops.

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Moving past the bottom of the device, the rest of the Pixelbook Go is relatively standard-fare for a laptop including an "island style" keyboard and general aesthetic that mirrors the MacBook family. There's a large glass trackpad, USB-C connectivity, dual speakers, a front-facing HD webcam, and a 13.3-inch Full HD display.

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Base systems come with an Intel Core m3 processor, while the options sheet includes upgrades like a Core i7, up to 256GB of internal storage and a 4K "Molecular Display".

Other Hardware Odds and Ends

Other hardware reprovingly on the deck include a new Nest Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router that will be the successor to Google WiFi. In addition to obvious support for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), it's rumored that the product will consist of a main router along with two speaker beacons. In addition to extending your network coverage throughout your house, the beacons would also reportedly double as a Google Home-esque device with built-in support for the Google Assistant.

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Finally, it's rumored that Google will launch a successor to the Google Home Mini that will be called the Nest Mini. While the smart speaker will look similar to its predecessor, it’s rumored that it will have improved sound, higher maximum volume, a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack and a built-in wall mount.

Stay tuned for more [potential] leaks leading up to Google's October 15th event...