A Big Leak Just Revealed Google's 4 Most Important Devices 2 Weeks Early

Even though Google's big October 4 event is still a couple of weeks out, it seems we've just gotten a really good look at the four most important devices we expect the company to announce there. The leaks come courtesy of Droid Life, and include info and prices on a new, smaller version of the Google Home smart speaker, a new premium two-in-one Chromebook, and both the big and small versions of the Pixel 2.

Starting with what should be called the Google Home mini, this $US49 ($61) smart speaker looks like a direct competitor to Amazon's Echo Dot. While it clearly won't have the same level of audio prowess of its bigger sibling (which is already just OK), its low price makes it a much more feasible option for people looking to put a Google Assistant-enhanced device in every room in their home.

According to Droid Life, the Home mini features a hard plastic base with a cloth mesh top that will come in three colours: Charcoal, grey and coral. However, unlike the standard Home, you probably won't be able to swap out the base with replaceable add-ons in other colours. The four dots on top almost certainly correspond to the coloured dots that appear on the current Google Home when you ask it questions, though it remains to be seen if the mini will retain the capacitive touch controls found on the standard model.

Then there's the new Google Pixelbook, which looks kind of like a Google-branded Surface Book running Chrome OS. It looks to be priced starting at $US1199 ($1496) for a model with 128GB of storage, and going up to $US1749 ($2183) for one with a 512GB drive. The main difference between the new Pixelbook and Google's previous Chromebooks is that this model has a 360-degree hinge that will let it transform into a tablet, along with a touch-sensitive screen with built-in stylus support. It seems Google will even make its own PixelBook Pen, which should arrive as a $US99 ($124) optional accessory.

As for the two phones, the photos reveal a slightly curvier, more refined take on the Google's phone from 2016. Droid Life claims the standard Pixel is made by HTC and will come in three colours (blue, black and white). Customers should have two choices for storage -- 64GB or 128GB -- priced at $US649 ($810) and $US749 ($935), respectively.

Meanwhile, the larger LG-made Pixel 2 XL should come in black, white and a two-toned panda-like colour scheme, with reported prices starting at $US849 ($1060). Droid Life didn't mention anything more about the Pixel 2's specs, but based on earlier rumours reported by Android Police, we're probably looking at phones sporting AMOLED displays with extra widescreen 18:9 aspect ratios, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors, 4GB of RAM, stereo speakers, and new pressure sensitive sides that will let you squeeze the phone to perform certain functions (most likely, summoning the Google Assistant). There will also be a refreshed version of Google's Daydream VR headset.



    If these are legit, it's a bold move for Google to persist with single lens cameras, especially for the 2 XL. Its picture quality is probably going to have to be markedly better than its dual-lens competition if Google wants to convince customers that its offering is a better investment than the more functionally diverse cameras provided by Apple, Samsung, LG, et al.

    Will people place picture quality over wide-angle/optical zoom/RGB and B&W sensor/dynamic focus availability? Time will tell.

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      Definitely not most people still think higher megapixel's is better

        Clearly my 200mp hasslblad camera back is far inferior then....

          ha ha, it would be if the image sensor was the size of a phones sensor.

      Have been using the Pixel 1 for nearly a year now. the camera lens is tiny, barely 2mm across, but the picture quality is easily on par with anything I've seen from a dual lens phone.

      These leaks show a much bigger lens on the back, so I'm expecting the quality to increase significantly as well.

        I'm a Pixel XL user myself, and I love the quality of the photos it takes. Fingers crossed the quality takes a meaningful jump up in the new phones.

        Bigger lens *usually* means bigger sensor, which *should* mean better photos, especially in low light.

      Have been using the Pixel 1 for nearly a year now. the camera lens is tiny, barely 2mm across, but the picture quality is easily on par with anything I've seen from a dual lens phone.

      These leaks show a much bigger lens on the back, so I'm expecting the quality to increase significantly as well.

      I shoot in RAW on Iphone7Plus and have recently picked up an S8+ on the side. The S8+ has much better dynamic range in the photos which means the shots generally come out way better than shooting in raw and doing post production.

      If i'm being really pedantic now I'll shoot a photo on the Samsung and get that over to my ipad/iphone for a quick edit on VSCO or Enlight.

    Why do you continue to convert US dollars to AUD but not add on the tax? You know we have to have tax on every item here in Aus. Whereas in the US they are listed ex tax as different states have differing levels or even no tax.

      We convert US prices directly to AUD just as a point of reference. Official Australian pricing always differs from the direct conversion plus tax anyway so we prefer to wait for the officially released figures.

    Although my last 3 phones have been a Galaxy S2, S4 and S6, this time around I was looking to go either a Pixel 2 or LG V30, because I'm not really a big fan the Samsung Edge screens and I'd rather use Google Assistant over Bixby.

    That being said, unless the Pixel 2 is revealed to be amazing in other ways, I'll probably get the V30.

    Again with that bloody stupid aspect ratio. I was shopping for a new phone and compared my galaxy note 5 with the S8 plus and even though the S8 plus came with a larger screen, the picture on the screen was smaller than with my note 5, and that's in portrait and landscape. Needless to say, I'm not buying myself a phone that's going to have a smaller image than what I've already got.

    I am flabbergasted that phone specs etc etc are such an important thing for something that makes phone calls, sends messages, takes the odd photo, helps with directions and does the odd banking application.

    I think we all need to sit back and consider what the devices uses actually are. Until a phone becomes a fully fledged mobile pc like the surface pro or similar, that can be docked to a monitor, keyboard and mouse and used as a functioning "laptop" then who really cares whether it has the latest and greatest chip, ram etc etc.

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