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Leaked render provides a clear view of the Google Pixel phone

by Mark Tyson on 27 September 2016, 10:31

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It's just one more week until Google provides us with 'something new to love'. Since our last report on the official announcement, of a special event by the search and software giant, there have been a number of clear and detailed leaks concerning new Google hardware likely to be the stars of the show. Yesterday Evan Blass / VentureBeat revealed some very clear shots and details about the 4K Google Chromecast Ultra and then the same source followed up with a beautifully clear shot of the Google Pixel smartphone.

Google's special event is just a week away, on Tuesday 4th October. Currently it is expected that we will see the following product launches; a pair of Google Pixel smartphones, a VR headset, a 4K Google Chromecast Ultra, a Wi-Fi router, and the Amazon Echo-like Google Home device.

The functionality of the 4K Google Chromecast Ultra is pretty obvious from the name. The device will pack more powerful streaming processors to facilitate 4K video streaming to your HDMI equipped TV. Reports suggest it will sit alongside rather than replace the current Chromecast, however it will cost twice as much ($69) as a regular Chromecast device.

Two new 'Pixel' smartphones are in the offing; the Google Pixel, pictured below, and the Google Pixel XL. Specs of the Google Pixel are said to include a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2770mAh battery, and a 12MP/8MP front/rear camera combo. It will sport a top mounted headphone jack, bottom mounted USB Type-C connector, and a fingerprint reader around the back.

The larger Google Pixel XL will have the same base specifications but employ a 5.5-inch QHD display and a beefier 3450mAh battery. Previous Google Pixel devices have been premium priced and the pair of new smartphones won't alter that trend, according to reports. Apparently the 5-inch Google Pixel smartphone will start at $649 – for many that will make it 'something new to love' from afar.

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Wow, that looks incredibly meh
They never have been lookers. I'd be more concerned with the price as the Google branded handsets have always undercut the major players by a significant margin. I'd think they'd lose a good few customers if the pricing is correct
I think the Nexus devices up to the N5 have looked quite nice - I know this is just a render but it doesn't have a single standout feature. Hope it's fake.

I agree on the prices, Nexus to me always meant good value - but recently it's not been the case. Not that this is a Nexus technically, but still for that kind of money there's probably better specced and certainly better looking devices competing against it.
The N5 was at least functional in its simplicity, with it's grippy rubber-like back.

The 6P looked absolutely hideous when the leaks came out and I was flat out refusing to buy one on princple, but in the hand it's actually rather pretty. The black visor is rather minimalist, even on the silver one.

I'll reserve judgement on the Pixel phones, as while I doubt I'll get one (more than happy with my 6P) they do apparently have something lined up that hasn't been leaked yet:
Hiroshi Lockheimer
We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.
“top mounted headphone jack”? That's a bit avant-garde, isn't it? :p