Google is gearing up for its own hardware event following recent events from Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. Unlike other companies, Google has embraced leaks and rumors, already announcing and revealing pictures and specs of the devices that will be featured at its event on October 4th. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will continue with the design language of the Pixel 6, with rounded corners and the 8 Pro dropping the secondary hole in the camera bar. The landing page on the Google Store also highlights existing software features like Magic Eraser and Live Translate. The Pixel Watch 2 is also showcased on the landing page, showing little to no design changes.
The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will reportedly come with 6.2- and 6.7-inch displays, respectively, and a significant increase in brightness. A new feature rumored for the Pixel 8 is a thermometer, allowing the phone to read temperature. Both devices are expected to be pricier, with the Pixel 8 starting at $699 and the 8 Pro starting at $999. Preorders for both phones will begin on October 4th, and they will start shipping on the 12th. As for the Pixel Watch 2, it is said to start at $349, staying in line with the first-gen product. The watch may also be included as part of a bundle if preordering the Pixel 8 Pro.
No rumors have surfaced about Google’s Home/Nest devices, indicating that the company’s smart home ambitions may have been delayed or put on hold. There are possibilities of new colors for the Pixel Buds. The event will take place on October 4th, and TechCrunch will provide live coverage of the event.