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At an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Google unveiled the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, first Google-branded smartphones. As we’d reported in August, India is one of the launch markets for the phone, with Google Pixel price in India to start at Rs. 57,000, with pre-orders set to begin October 13. The phone will be available from Flipkart, Reliance Digital, and Croma, as well as smaller retailers, with a retail availability at the “end of October” according to Google.

The Google Pixel costs $649 (approximately Rs. 43,000) for 32GB variant in the US, $749 (approximately Rs. 50,000) for 128GB; Pixel XL costs $769 (approximately Rs. 51,000) for 32GB, $869 (approximately Rs. 58,000) for 128GB. Pre-orders in the US are already underway.

The launch event was however one of the worst kept secrets from Google, and almost everything was leaked in advance of the event. As widely expected, Pixel and Pixel XL are the first phones with Google Assistant built-in. The Google Pixel sports a 5-inch full-HD Amoled display and the Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD Amoled display – both with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Both the models will be available with almost identical innards except the screen size and battery size.

The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL will be available exclusively via Verizon and unlocked version from Google store. The smartphone will be available for pre-orders starting Tuesday in Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, and the US. It will be available in Quite Black, Really Blue (limited edition), and Very Silver colour variants, though it seems the blue colour will not launch in India just yet.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones sport an aluminium unibody and also feature polished glass combination at the back. Both phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, with two cores clocked at 1.6GHz, and two cores clocked at 2.15GHz. The Pixel and Pixel XL will pack 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and sport Pixel Imprint fingerprint sensor. The smartphones sport 12.3-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX378 sensor, PDAF, a large f/2.0 aperture and 1.55-micron pixels. Both sport an 8-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX179 sensor, an f/2.4 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels.

As rumoured ahead of the launch, Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will only come in 32GB and 128GB storage models. Google has specified however that both smartphones have access to unlimited storage for full-resolution photos and videos via Google Photos. The Android 7.1 Nougat-based Pixel smartphones will come with a USB Type-C port and will include the 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphones are also IP53 rated for dust and water resistance. The Google Pixel smartphone will come with 24×7 customer care feature which can help resolve issues on the device real-time. Pixel users will have access to a toll free phone support number along with 54 walk in service centres across over 30 cities in India.

At the event, Google also unveiled the Daydream VR headset, Chromecast Ultra with 4K HDR, Google Wifi, and a price tag for Google Home, its Amazon Echo competitor.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the launch discussed the company’s efforts with artificial intelligence and machine learning to build tools like the Google Assistant. To recall, the Google Assistant was first unveiled at Google I/O, and has already reached the general public with the Google Allo instant messaging app. Rick Osterloh, the new head of Google’s newly formed hardware division, introduced the presence of Assistant in two new surfaces – in the context of the Pixel phone, and the Google Home speaker.

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The Google Pixel event is the company’s biggest launch of the year, where the software giant will unveil its new portfolio of hardware products, ranging from the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, to the Google Home smart speaker. Other products expected to be launched at the October 4 event are the Google Wi-Fi smart router and the Chromecast Ultra dongle. You can watch the live stream here, or, if you so desire, check out our live blog direct from the event.

What time does the Google Pixel phone event start?
The Google Pixel event starts at 9am San Francisco time on Wednesday, which is 12pm in New York, 5pm in London, and 9:30pm in New Delhi. Google’s events usually begin on time, so make sure you tune in five or so minutes before the scheduled start.

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The Google Pixel event is the Mountain View company’s biggest launch of the year, where it is anticipated to unveiled its latest hardware offerings. In case you haven’t been keeping track, you may ask, “When is the Google event?” Well, the Google Pixel event time is 9:00am PT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday, and Gadgets 360 will be covering the event live from San Francisco – so stay tuned.

So, what should you expect from Google’s October 4 event? As Gadgets 360 reported back in August, Google this year has a very different game plan to promote its Android mobile platform. The company has set up a unified hardware division under the former President of Motorola Mobility, Rick Osterloh, and the fruits of that labour are due to be unveiled.

Google is doing away with the value-for-money Nexus lineup, and is instead looking to offer a premium lineup of smartphones that will compete head-on with Apple’s iPhone series – with the aim of enjoying the same highly-desirable status in the market. Innumerable leaks since have corroborated our report, with Google anticipated to launch its Pixel series of smartphones with two offerings – the Google Pixeland Google Pixel XL.

Of course, the Google October 4 event will see the launch of more than just the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. The search giant is expected to launch its Google Home smart speaker – a competitor to the Amazon Echo – that was unveiled at Google I/O 2016 will be powered by Google Assistant, the company’s re-branded voice-based virtual assistant that will replace Google Now. Alongside, other products are also rumoured, such as the Google Chromecast Ultra – a 4K video dongle – apart from the Google Wi-Fi smart router, which is said to be the next iteration of the OnHub router. The Daydream VRplatform that was unveiled at Google I/O this year is also expected to make an appearance, with its first hardware – the Daydream VR headset – due to be launched.

All of these hardware products have received their fair share of leaks in the past few months, revealing several details. On the software front, Google is also anticipated to unveil what’s internally said to be called Andromeda OS, the long-rumoured and oft-denied merger between Android and Chrome OS – the company’s Chrome-based operating system for laptops and PCs. This merger is thought to be what Hiroshi Lockheimer (SVP of Android, Chrome, and Google Play) was hinting at with this cryptic tweet that Google’s October 4 event is going to be as significant as Android’s launch 8 years ago. While the first hardware to run the merger, which would finally bring Android to the PC category, isn’t expected at the event – a developer preview is anticipated at the Google Pixel event.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones
Coming back to the Google Pixel phones – as we mentioned, a lot is already known about them, and,thanks to leaks by UK retailer Carphone Warehouse and two Canadian carriers, we not only know what they will look like, but also their near-complete specifications. Since then, Verizon also briefly listed the smartphones, revealing even more details. Both smartphones appear to be identical in design, with only size separating them.

Both Google Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat at launch, and come with the already leaked Pixel Launcher – the differentiation that Google CEO Sundar Pichai is thought to be referring when he said this year’s Nexus lineup would be Google’s opportunity to be more “opinionated” with its offerings. They have been spotted in Black and White colour variants, with another rumour pointing towards a third Gold offering as well. Live Cases (seen below) are also anticipated, using imagery from Google Earth and Google Trends.

The Google Pixel is expected to sport a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. It is said to be powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel is listed with a 2770mAh battery.

The Google Pixel XL on the other hand is set to feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display with a pixel density of 534ppi and once again bearing Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection. Once again, it’s said to be powered by a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Google Pixel XL is said to come with a 3450mAh battery.

Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL were seen to come in 32GB and 128GB built-in storage variants, and notably, microSD card slots were also listed – though expandable storage seems unlikely if one considers none of the Nexus smartphones bore this feature. Both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are also set to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera complete with optical image stabilisation. A feature called Smartburst is also rumoured, similar to Apple’s Live Photos. The smartphones are also said to sport fingerprint sensors on the rear panel.

As for software features, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL smartphones will come bundled with the Pixel Launcher, the Google Assistant, Google Allo, and Google Duo apart from the regular Google apps. The smartphones will also come with unlimited photo backups at full resolution via Google Photos. As for pricing – the Google Pixel is expected to start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,200).

Coming to the most recent leak, the Verizon listing of the smartphones, we learn that Google may introduce a Blue colour variant as well. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones are also listed to feature something called ‘Google Magic’, and while this may just be marketing jargon signifying the Google touch, it could also be a new feature.

Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, Chromecast Ultra, and Daydream VR headset
Details on these fronts are a little scarcer. The Google Home smart speaker (seen above), the Google Assistant-powered rival to the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo, is expected to be priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,500). That’s $40 cheaper than the Amazon Echo. It is expected to be the central hub of home automation, with compatibility for IoT products like Samsung’s SmartThings, and other third-party devices. A single Google Home app is also expected to be released, similar to Apple’s Home app, which will control all compatible home automation and IoT products from a single point, apart from controlling all Google Cast devices.

As for the 4K Chromecast Ultra dongle (seen below), it’s said to be nearly identical to the current Chromecast 2 dongle, but feature the new Google ‘G’ logo and do away with the Chrome logo seen on the present iteration. Apart from supporting 4K streaming capabilities, it is anticipated to also support HDR. It’s said to be priced at $69 (roughly Rs. 4,600), and also sport a hardware on/off button.

Coming to Google Wi-Fi or Google WiFi (the naming is a bit unclear at this point), it is said to be smart router like the Google OnHub, but also create a unified network unlike the previous offering. A “mesh” or “modular” technology is also expected to be incorporated, allowing the network to expanded over a great area. It is also said to be priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,500).

Finally, we come to the Daydream VR headset (seen below), which is expected to launch alongside a wireless motion-based controller unveiled at Google I/O. Like the more basic Google Cardboard, the Daydream VR headset will be powered by the smartphone, and not sport any sensors on board.

A much more polished effort without any of the flimsiness associated with Cardboard, it will work only with Daydream ready smartphones running on Android Nougat, optimised for minimal latency and higher refresh rates. It is said to be priced at $80 (roughly Rs. 5,300).

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A new report claims Google’s partnership with Huawei has been unsteady, adding that while the Chinese telecommunications giant was originally due to produce the Pixel smartphones, it backed out once Google said the OEM logo would not be placed on the smartphones.

According to a report by Android Police, which cites a source familiar with Huawei’s operations, Google made the decision to have more control over its hardware this year. This eventually led to Google doing away with the Nexus lineup in place of Pixel, which is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday. Google initially had Huawei in mind for its 2016 devices which included the Pixel devices, but later went with HTC (a rumour that has since been unconfirmed). But for Huawei, the partnership with Google would have allowed the Chinese smartphone maker to break into the US market.

The report adds that during the Nexus 6P project, Google had told Huawei that the phone would be sold in all four major US carriers. This was a tempting offer for a company that was looking for the best way to enter the US market. However, though the Nexus 6P supported all the four carriers, the device itself was not sold by any of them.

Google would later reportedly agree to partner with Huawei to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising campaign for the Nexus 6P. It was a promise that also fell through. Finally, Google laid out the roadmap for 2016, where it included Huawei to build the Pixel phones. Google’s condition here, however, was that the Pixel phones would be Google-branded with no mention of Huawei’s logo or name on the devices.

Huawei didn’t appreciate Google’s offer and dropped out of contention, while HTC apparently won the race. Rumours began of HTC-made Nexus phones under the codename of ‘Marlin’ and ‘Sailfish’.

By dropping out, Huawei lost out on a chance to finally make a mark in the US market. The company would eventually enter the market with the Honor 8, but the phone failed to make a significant impact.
Though Huawei may have lost out on the Pixel smartphones, the company is still very much in partnership with Google and rumours of a Huawei-made Pixel tablet are still going strong. Reports last week suggest that Google’s new Andromeda operating system will be released with Huawei’s 7-inch Pixel tablet, now tipped for a Q3 2017 launch.

It is still unclear on whether Huawei has any future plans with Google or if the third largest smartphone maker plans to go solo in its attempt to break into the US market.

On a separate note, HTC’s name has so far not been associated with the Pixel devices which only means the smartphones are entirely Google’s own products and the tagline ‘Made by Google’ for the Pixels only adds to the fact.

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We’re just a few hours away from the launch of Google’s Pixel smartphones and the leaks continue to pour in. After pretty much revealing all there is to know about the devices on UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, we now have a little more from Verizon. The listing on Verizon’s site unofficially confirms a Blue model along with Black and White options that was previously leaked by Canadian carriers Bell and Telus.

The listing, spotted by Gizmodo, also shows some highlights about the devices, which includes what Verizon is calling ‘Google Magic’, which could just be the site’s own marketing ploy, but could also refer to a new, unknown feature. The site further reveals that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will be offered in 32GB and 128GB storage options. Lastly and unsurprisingly, the devices come with 4G LTE support.

A separate reveal by TheTrademarkNinja shows an EU trademark application filed by the company with an official logo that reads “G Pixel Phone by Google”, which confirms that the devices are in fact going to be ‘Pixel’ smartphones.

Based on the Carphone Warehouse leak, the Google Pixel is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The device is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel XL is listed with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display sporting a pixel density of 534ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. Other than the size and resolution of the display, the rest of the features are similar to the smaller Pixel. Both the devices also feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front.
The Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat with Pixel Launcher. The listings also mention both 32GB and 128GB inbuilt storage variants. Storage expansion via microSD card is also listed, but this seems unlikely considering Google’s entire previous Nexus lineup. The Pixel is listed to sport a 2770mAh battery, and the Pixel XL is listed with a bigger 3450mAh battery, both with fast charging capability.

On the software front, the Pixels is likely to come with Google’s latest Allo and Duo applications preloaded. Carphone Warehouse also revealed the two devices will offer unlimited storage for photos and videos at full resolution with Google Photos.

Along with the unveiling of the Pixel smartphones, the event on Tuesday is also expected to see the launch of the Google Home smart speaker, alongside other rumoured products like the Google Chromecast Ultra, and Google Wi-Fi smart router. The Daydream VR headset unveiled at at Google I/O this year is also expected to make an appearance.

Google’s event is set to start at 9:00am PT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday, and Gadgets 360 will be covering the event live from San Francisco – so stay tuned.

 
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With Google’s re-branded Pixel lineup ready to be unveiled on October 4, the last batch of leaks were expected to make its way on to the virtual space. Last week we saw a bunch of renders of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones from the likes of @onleaks and Android Authority, and no we have what seems like an official listing of the device from UK store Carphone Warehouse. Separately, other renders made their way to the Internet, while Canadian carriers Bell and Telus also leaked official renders of the smartphones in both White and Black colour variants.

Carphone Warehouse reveals the Pixel devices in all its glory, along with highlights of major features and specifications. Both the Pixel and Pixel XL renders are shown along with the tagline “Introducing Pixel. Phone by Google” emphasising Google’s self-branded line. The renders are pretty much in line with last week’s leaks. The home screen shows circular icons with a new UI that is exclusive to the Pixels. The navigation buttons are present on screen leaving a fairly large bezel at the bottom of the phone.

The images form the site also give us a proper look at all the sides of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL with the power and volume control buttons on the right, a headphone jack on the top and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. There also appears two slits on either sides of the USB Type-C port which is likely to be dual speakers. The back of the device features a camera and flash module with noise cancelling holes next to it on the top left corner, a fingerprint sensor in the middle and the ‘G’ logo at the bottom. The top and bottom of the back will feature a combination of contrasting colours.

Moreover, the website also suggests that Google’s latest Allo and Duo applications will come preloaded with the Pixel. Quick charge promises up to 7 hours of battery life in 15 minutes. Another slide reveals that the two devices will offer unlimited storage for photos and videos with Google Photos.

The website also lists full specifications for each device, although you should take them with a pinch of salt as of now. The Pixel is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Amoled display with a pixel density of 441ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The device is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

Meanwhile, the Google Pixel XL is listed with a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) display sporting a pixel density of 534ppi and Gorilla Glass 4 on top. Other than the size and resolution of the display, the rest of the features are similar to the smaller Pixel. Both the devices also feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front. The Pixel and Pixel XL will run on Android 7.1 Nougat with Pixel Launcher.

On Saturday, some more renders were leaked showing the Pixel smartphone in against a natural background in a variety of colour combinations. Canadian Carrier Bell also revealed renders of the Pixel that provide a clear look of the home screen with the new Pixel Launcher and navigation buttons.

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Google is expected to launch its own-branded smartphones at the October 4 event next week, expected to be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. These smartphones, said to be codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, have been the subject of innumerable leaks for several months now – letting us know what Google’s new smartphone duo will look like, and the innards they will pack. Now, we have been treated to 360-degree press renders of the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Prolific tipster @OnLeaks, alongside Android Authority, has posted 360-degree renders of the Pixel XL (Marlin) and Pixel (Sailfish) smartphones. The former even includes a video (seen below) to go along with it, and it is that phone we will start with. The dimensions of the Pixel XL, expected to have a 5.5-inch display, have been revealed by the render – 154.72×75.74mm in terms of height and width. The tipster adds the smartphone is 7.3mm thick at the bottom, and 8.5mm at the top – probably due to the camera. The render shows the rear side of the Pixel XL to have a glass surface at the top, parted in the middle to follow the same uniform metal body. The render matches previous leaks of the Pixel XL smartphone.

Android Authority in the meanwhile has posted its own set of 360-degree renders for the Pixel smartphone (seen below), and once again the design matches previous leaks. The publication has also tipped the dimensions. The thickness (at top and bottom) remains the same at 8.5mm and 7.3mm, however, as can be expected from the smaller 5-inch Pixel smartphone, the width and height are significantly less – 143.8×65.9mm.

Earlier, an image was leaked on the Internet showing the new Pixel XL to have a home screen just like that of its new Pixel Launcher to give a fresh look to its new range of smartphones. The new icons are now solid filled instead of plain borders at the bottom. The image also shows a gradient wallpaper, unlike the blue-coloured one on the earlier leaked image of the Pixel.

To recall, the smartphones – Pixel and Pixel XL – are said to share a number of specifications, with Android 7.1 Nougat to power both of them out-of-the-box. The reported specifications for the Pixel XL will include a 5.5-inch QHD display, quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, a 3450mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera. Both smartphones are expected to bear a headphone jack on the top, a fingerprint scanner on the rear, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom. Both of them were reported to lack the IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.

The Google Pixel (Sailfish) is expected to sport 5-inch full-HD display with 440ppi pixel density; a quad-core 64-bit quad-core processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB storage; 12-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front camera; Bluetooth 4.2, and a 2770mAh battery.

The price of the Pixel smartphone is pegged to be at nearly $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500) while Pixel XL may cost a little more.

With the Google event just around the corner, we will bring you live updates straight from the launch event. Keep following Gadgets 360 to know more about what Google has to offer on October 4.

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Google is anticipated to launch two smartphones at its October 4 event – the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. On Monday, a leaked image of Google’s Pixel smartphone made its way to the Internet, suggesting a bunch of details about its looks and UI. Now, a new image has been leaked online, and surprise surprise, it looks exactly the same.

In an updated post, VentureBeat has a render of what it claims to be the Pixel XL – the bigger smartphone to be launched by Google. In an attempt to give its smartphones a facelift, Google has finally done away with the Nexus branding and is launching the smartphones under its own brand. The leaked image shows the new Pixel XL to have a home screen just like that of its new Pixel Launcher to give a fresh look to its new range of smartphones. The new icons are now solid filled instead of plain borders at the bottom. The image also shows a gradient wallpaper, unlike the blue-coloured one on the earlier leaked image of the Pixel.

Home screen now has onscreen buttons alongside other interface changes. One of the most visible changes in the new user interface is the rounded app icons. The new UI and rounded icons are speculated to be exclusive on Pixel and Pixel XL, as per the report and may not be seen on other Google smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat. Rest of the features and looks go identical with the Pixel smartphone

Google is also said to enhance the UI of the smartphones to match up with the likes of Apple’s 3D Touch technology, without additional hardware requirements. Talking about the specifications, another report from AndroidPolice suggests that the Pixel XL, codenamed Marlin, will sport a 5.5-inch QHD display, quad-core 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, a 3450mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera. The report also said that the smartphone will contain a headphone jack on the top, a fingerprint scanner on the rear, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom.

As we mentioned, Google is quite in a form to showcase multiple products at its October 4 event. Apart from the Pixel phones, it is expected to unveil the Android-Chrome OS merger Google Andromeda, apart from Google Wifi router, the Chromecast Ultra, and the Google Home assistant.

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Ahead of Google’s much-anticipated October 4 event where the company is expected to showcase new hardware products, we have been treated with an alleged press image of the Google Pixel smartphone.

Posted by Venture Beat, the Google Pixel – which is believed to be the smaller of the two new Pixel smartphones – is seen with its screen turned on. The home screen shows new home onscreen button alongside other interface tweaks. One of the starkest changes in the new UI seems to be the rounded app icons which give the handset a refreshing look. We also speculate that the new UI and rounded icons will be exclusive on Pixel products and may not be seen on other smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat. To recall, the Google Pixel smartphones are expected to run Android 7.1 Nougat, which is said bring several new features.

Recent teardowns indicate the new icons may bring additional interface options similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, however, without the requirement of pressure sensitive displays.

All this differentiation may be part of the ‘opinionated’ changes that Google is bringing to its flagship smartphones. However, it may also arrive for other Android smartphones as part of the Pixel Launcher – thought to replace the Google Now Launcher. The new press render is also in-line with previously leaked Pixel smartphone image.

In another rumour, the new Pixel smartphone may come in “Very Silver and Quite Black” colour variants, according to Android Police’s David Ruddock.

Based on preliminary leaks, the Google Pixel smartphone, codenamed ‘Sailfish’, is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD display with 440ppi pixel density; a quad-core 64-bit quad-core processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB storage; 12-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2770mAh battery. The handset is also expected to sport rear-mounted fingerprint scanner along with the USB Type-C port and bottom speaker. The handset is said to pack a headphone jack and come with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The company is also expected to unveiled the Google Pixel XL smartphone, codenamed Marlin.

There is also other bunch of new details about the upcoming Pixel smartphones which are said to come with dust and water resistance rating of IP53 though will lack proper water-resistance. The Pixel smartphone are also expected to be hard to root.

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Google on Monday confirmed it is launching new smartphones at an October 4 event, expected to be the much-leaked Pixel smartphones. The company has also started sending invites for the event, to be held at 9am local time in San Francisco. Now, just like every other major smartphone launch, the rendered images of the alleged Pixel and Pixel XL phones have surfaced on the Internet ahead of the launch, alongside other information.

Leaked images of the anticipated Google Pixel smartphones have been shared by Android Police, showcasing the fingerprint scanner at the back as well as similar camera panel and design as suggested by the images of the TPU cases for the smartphones that leaked earlier. Even the front panel of both Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can be seen in the leaked images.

Interestingly, a commercial by Alphabet subsidiary Nest for the Netherlands, spotted by Android Police, showcased a smartphone that looks identical to the leaked images of the Pixel smartphone. Even though there is no confirmation and the model used in the advertisement might as well be a dummy, it certainly looks similar to the upcoming smartphone and has aluminium at the bottom and glass at the top.

In another rumour circulated by Android Police, the starting price of the Pixel smartphone has been leaked. The rumour suggests that the pricing for the 5-inch model of Pixel smartphone will start from $649 (roughly Rs. 43,500). Even though site says that the source of the rumour is a trusted one, due to lack of other sources on the subject and absence of primary material, it should be taken with an additional grain of salt.

An earlier report suggested that the rumoured 5-inch Pixel smartphone, which was earlier codenamed ‘Sailfish’ will be launched at $449 (roughly Rs. 30,000).

In order to provide some sort of compensation for higher price tag, the report suggests that Google might make financing options available for the users.

To recall, Gadgets 360 earlier this year reported Google will be dropping the ‘Nexus’ branding and will launch the new smartphones under its own brand. The upcoming smartphones are further expected to be launched with Android 7.1 Nougat.