New Google Speaker & Pixel 2 Revealed
Leading US retailer Walmart has accidentally leaked details of Google’s new mini smart speaker, they have also shown the Google Pixel 2 handset which was not due to be released till later this week.
The shopping giant accidentally put a preorder page for the US $49 ‘Google Home Mini’ revealing its fabric covered design.
The new speaker is being describes the speaker as a ‘powerful little helper’ that gives you answers to questions, controls your smart home, shares weather info, and even plays music.
Also leaked is the Google’s Pixel 2 handset
Two versions of the handset will be launched, a Pixel and a Pixel XL, and the images reveal a new home screen Google has developed for Android phones.
Manufactured by HTC and LG, respectively, the handset is codenamed Walleye and Taimen, and according to a person familiar with Google’s release plans, they will be released on October 19 for Pixel 2 and November 15 for Pixel 2 XL, both preceded by preorder periods.
Droid Life recently also claimed to have images of the new handset, alongside a new mini wireless speaker, and images of an updated Daydream VR headset.
According to leaked Pixel 2 photos, it appears the upcoming device will, as previously predicted, have a curved screen and a glass back.
However, one thing is missing – Google is planning to follow Apple and dump the headphone jack for the new device.
While previous leaks have suggested the phone will also be equipped with a Laser autofocus feature, that can’t be seen here – although it may just be too difficult to spot.
The smaller Pixel 2 will be available in Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White, and will be sold with 64GB and 128GB of storage and priced at US$649 and US$749, respectively, according to the site.
While the lack of headphone jack isn’t seen in the photo, the source told Gsmarena the device doesn’t include one.
The source also reported a better in-hand feel than the original Pixel phone, saying it is ‘sleek’ and ‘elegant.’
The original Google Pixel phone was launched in October 2016, and the Pixel 2 is set to launch this autumn, which would make it in direct competition with Apple’s iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
As the company prepares for the release, it’s dropping the price on the original Pixel phone.
The LG-made Pixel 2 XL will come in a ‘Black & White’ and ‘Just Black’ colours and be available with 64GB or 128GB storage, according to the latest leaks.