Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL specs and features leak ahead of launch tonight: Everything we know so far

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini, Pixelbook set to be launched tonight: Everything we know so far

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There are no surprise anymore. Apple couldn’t keep the iPhone X, one of its biggest products in years, a surprise ahead of the launch event. And Google surely can’t keep away the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL from the leakers. The two phones, which are successor to last year’s original Pixel phones, will be launched tonight at an event in San Francisco. They will come accompanied by a number of other Google products, most important of which are going to be three – the new Google Home Mini, the Pixelbook and a new Daydream VR headset.

Of all, the most important – particular for our country of smartphone lovers – are going to be the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Almost everything important about these phones is now known. It the last few days their images along with key specifications and features have been leaked. There has been a talk of a mysterious phone called the Ultra Pixel but that is just talk. Tonight there is going to be nothing called Ultra Pixel at the Google event. Only the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Update: Just hours before the launch, a fresh leak has given us at the more detailed specs of the Pixel 2 XL. The specs, listed online, confirm that the phone will come with a 6-inch screen that has a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels, hence also confirming the 18:9 aspect ratio. In all likelihood this is the same screen that has been used by LG in its V30 smartphone. Also the specs sheet shows 100000:1 aspect ration hence confirming that the Pixel 2 XL screen uses AMOLED panel. Then there are other details. The front camera on the Pixel 2 XL uses an 8-megapixel sensor with F2.4 lens. The phone comes with a 3520 mAh battery. There is Gorilla Glass 5 layer on top of the phone’s display. Other specs are similar to what we heard about earlier. But there are 3 key features that have revealed by the latest leaks: The Pixel 2 XL will have dual-SIM support. But will be the regular GSM SIM, the slot will use e-SIM. There is something called Pixel Visual Core, which seems to be a special chip for computational photography. In other words, think better portrait mode photos. Finally, there is something called “advanced x-axis sensor” in the Pixel 2 XL. This seems to be the sensor that will enable “squeezable frame” feature.

So what are these phones, how much will the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will cost in India, when will they go on sale in India? Nothing is official about them yet, but as noted earlier almost everything about these phones has been leaked. So don’t expect any surprises.

– Of the the, the Pixel 2 XL is a more exciting phone. It is made by LG and it has many similarities with the LG V30. The phone is expected to sport a 6-inch screen with thin bezels, similar to what we see in the LG V30. But that is where the design similarities end. Google is expected to use a design for the Pixel 2 XL that is similar to the design of the original Pixel XL. This means, you will get the same dual-tone shell made of metal and glass, although the Glass portion on the rear cover is proportionately smaller than what we saw in last year’s Pixel phones.

– The Pixel 2 XL screen, as noted earlier, measures 6 inches. It will use AMOLED panel, will have QHD (1440P) display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

 

– The Pixel 2, meanwhile, is the smaller phone with 5-inch screen that has a resolution of 1080P. It is said to be made by HTC and it will have a design that is more generic and similar to the design of the Pixel launched last year.

– Both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to come with stereo speakers. Both have a fingerprint sensor at the rear cover, under camera. Both will feature “squeezable frame” similar to what th HTC U11 has. Squeezing this frame will launch Google Assistant.

– Both Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. There was talk that these phones are going to use the Snapdragon 836, but apparently that chip is late so Google couldn’t use it. The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will come with 64GB and the 128GB variants. They will have 4GB RAM.

– Just like the recent iPhones, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are going to come without the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is rather surprising because last year Google highlighted the presence of the headphone jack in its Pixel phones as one of the top features, while hinting that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus weren’t good because they lacked it. Google will probably bundle a headphone to USB-C adapter in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL boxes.

– The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL are going to come with a re-designed launcher, which will have the Google search bar at the bottom of the screen. The phone will use Android Oreo software, and likely to come with (temporarily) exclusive software features like Google Lens app, which was announced at the Google I/O.

– The Pixel 2 is likely to have a 2700 mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL will come with 3400 mAh battery.

– Both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will have water and dust-poof design.

– For now, if there is some mystery then that is about the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras. It is certain neither of these phones comes with dual-camera system. Of late, high-end phones are moving dual-camera systems to offer features like 2X optical zoom and more refined portrait mode. But not Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. These phones are going to come with single camera on the rear. The question is which camera? There are strong chances that it is going to be the sae 12-megapixel camera that is there in the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. It makes sense because this is the best camera you can get in a phone, even when compared to the camera inside phones like the recently-launched iPhone 8 Plus. But there is also another scenario. Given how much help Google has got from HTC for the Pixel 2 (and the Pixel 2 XL), it is possible that the company may se the same 12-megapixel camera that HTC uses in HTC U11. That again is a good camera so we will have to see what Google does with the HTC U11 camera hardware with its software tricks like the HDR+ mode.

Also Read: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL to launch tonight: How to watch, expected specs, price and more

On the front, it is expected that the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will come with 5-megapixel shooter. The interesting bit about the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL cameras could be that they may lack the dual-lens trick, but if original Pixel is any indication the new Google phones too may come with the best camera in a smartphone. In addition, it is expected that Google will offer enhanced portrait node in the camera app inside the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.

Pixel 2 XL and the Pixel 2 India price and India launch

The global prices of the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL have been leaked. The Pixel 2 XL will have a starting price of $849. The Pixel 2, meanwhile, will be cheaper with a starting price of $649. As far as India prices are concerned, nothing has been revealed so far. But these are high-end phones, and similar to how Google priced Pixel phones in India last year, the new Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will also come with a hefty price tag. It is safe to day that in India the Pixel 2 could have a string price of around Rs 55,000 whereas the Pixel 2 XL may come with a price tag of Rs 65,000.

According to leaks so far, the Pixel 2 will be available globally from October 19. This could be the date when the phone goes on sale in India too, with pre-orders starting a few days early. The Pixel 2 XL could go on sale from November 15, suggest rumours. For official date, let’s wait until tonight.

Pixel Home Mini, Daydream VR headset, Pixelbook

Of these products, the Google Home Mini has already been leaked by Walmart, which “accidentally” listed it on the website. It is exactly what it name suggests. This is a smaller Google Home, much smaller and almost pebble sized, that will sell at a very cheap $49 price. It will connect to an Android device through Wi-Fi and will have Google Assistant inbuilt. Now, although this is a speaker, we suspect it is more for other things instead of music. It’s more like the voice of the Google Assistant and is also probably going to be used to make calls.

The PixelBook is a new Chromebook with powerful hardware and a premium design. It is also said to be a convertable, that people will be able to use as a tablet as well as a laptop. With the PixelBook, the idea it seems is to take on the iPad Pro as well as the Macbook. The device will have a screen size of 12.3 inches and it will come powered with an Intel Core i5 processors, reveals the information leaked so far. It will have a global starting price of $1,199.

Finally, the new Daydream VR headset. This one is expected to be a minor update to the existing VR headset from Google. It will be sold as an accessory to the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL phones and it may come with some design changes as well as improved screens to make it more useful.

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New Hyundai Verna 2017 Brochure Leaked Ahead of India Launch

We previously reported that Hyundai Verna 2017 interior details have been leaked online as the sedan is slated to launch in the Indian car market on August 22. The dealers across the country have initiated the pre-bookings for the new generation Verna with upfront payment of INR 25,000 as token amount. The South Korean automaker has started dispatching the third generation Verna sedan to the dealerships which has been spotted at the dealership stockyard. Moreover, the official brochure of the next generation Verna sedan has been leaked online confirming the specifications, safety details and other important features. The all-new Verna will sport futuristic design which comes with sleek lines and coupe like styling that gives a charismatic presence on the road. Offered with a choice of petrol and diesel, the new Hyundai Verna will be available in 12 variants. Also Read: 2017 Hyundai Verna Interior Leaked Ahead of India Launch; Likely to be Priced up to INR 14 Lakh

On the exterior front, the new generation Verna comes with Hyundai’s new Design language which complements the cascading chrome front grille, projector headlamp with LED DRLs, chrome finished fog lamps, turn indicator with ORVMs, Chrome beltine, 16-inch alloy wheels, shark fin antenna, LED tail light and much more. Dimension wise, the all-new Verna will come with length of 4440mm, width of 1729mm and height of 1475mm along with wheelbase of 2600mm. See More: Hyundai Verna 2017 Price in India Likely to Start From INR 8 Lakh; India Launch, Interior, Images – Everything to Know

On the inside, the new Verna will sport leather upholstery which gives an up market feel to the cabin. The sedan will come with 5-inch touch screen infotainment system for the mid variant while the top end variants will sport 7-inch touchscreen system with Voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. In terms of features, the new Hyundai Verna will be equipped with technology and advanced feature which includes cruise control, sunroof, center arm rest at front and rear, USB chargers at front and rear, ventilated front seats, rear curtain and rear air-conditioning vents. Safety wise, the all-new Verna will be equipped with dual airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors and much more. See More: New Hyundai Verna 2017 continuous testing ahead of its India launch

Under the hood, the third generation Verna will be powered by a powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines which are aerodynamically designed for stability and excellent ride quality. The petrol unit will be powered by a 1.6-litre Gamma dual VTVT petrol mill which can develop 123PS @ 6400 rpm with peak torque of 155Nm. On the other hand, the 1.6-litre U2 CRDi diesel engine can produce max power of 128 PS @ 4000 rpm with max torque of 260Nm. Also See: 2017 Hyundai Verna to Get All New Advanced Features – Top 5 Least Known Facts

Transmission duties will be taken care by 6-speed manual gearbox along with 6-speed AT gearbox. Expected to be priced in the price bracket of INR 8 – 14 lakh (ex-showroom), the new Verna will be pitted against the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City and others.

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LG G6 Teaser Promises ‘Reliability’; Select Users to Trial Phone Ahead of Launch

LG G6 Teaser Promises 'Reliability'; Select Users to Trial Phone Ahead of Launch

LG G6 Teaser Promises ‘Reliability’; Select Users to Trial Phone Ahead of Launch
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Select users to get free trial LG G6 unit ahead of actual launch
New teaser claims LG G6 to boast of “reliability”
G6 to be unveiled at February 26 event in Barcelona later this month
LG is leaving no stone unturned in creating interest around its upcoming G6 flagship. Soon after confirming Quad DAC support for the G6, LG has now confirmed that the smartphone will be given out to select users under ‘Preliminary Experiment Group’ ahead of the actual launch. The South Korean company has also reportedly shared a new teaser that promises “reliability” for LG G6 users.

LG has announced that it will ship the G6 to selected users under the company’s ‘Pre-release Strategy Recruiting’ which will help the company to collect feedback from consumers ahead of actual release in the market. LG has already made a smart decision to use Snapdragon 821 SoC which will give it a headstart against Samsung’s next flagship smartphone which is not expected to go on sale before April.

The company is running several contests on its social platforms to choose limited users which will receive the G6 later this month. LG has announced that it will select 210 users which will be receiving LG G6 for trails ‘free of cost’. Unfortunately, the pre-launch trials program seems to be limited to the South Korean market.
Separately, LG has shared a teaser with Android Central teasing “reliability” in its latest attempt to create hype around the G6. According to an image shared by LG, the company says, “Reliability. Check, Check, Check.” alongside a tagline that says “witness the next-generation smartphone brought to you first by LG.” The teaser image includes the launch date for the LG G6 smartphone. The company further is seen stressing on quality of its smartphone and also teases free screen replacement option. In another teaser, LG says, “I don’t want to keep paying for fixing a cracked screen or anything.” The second teaser could be an indication that the company may be utilising Moto-like technology for a shatter-proof display screen. Though for now, it’s too soon to comment on anything. We will have to wait till LG’s February 26 event to see what the company has in stores for consumers.

Android Central also points that LG may be bringing a permanent fix to the company’s bootloop issue that has plagued other LG devices in the past. The South Korean company previously had to acknowledge bootloop issues on the LG G4 and LG V20.

LG’s G6 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which will begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).

Tags: MWC, MWC 2017, LG, LG Mobiles, LG G6, LG G6 Specifications, QDAC

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As Tide Turns Against Chip Industry, Samsung Forges Ahead of Rivals

As Tide Turns Against Chip Industry, Samsung Forges Ahead of Rivals

Gloom may be settling over much of the world’s semiconductor industry but Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to cope better than most due to its strong technological edge, enabling it to boost market share for some key products and possibly even lift revenue.A plunge in PC sales and slower growth for smartphones globally has hit the sector hard, prompting Intel Corp to say this month it would cut up to 12,000 jobs.

Qualcomm has said fiscal third-quarter chip shipments could fall as much as 22 percent, while SK Hynix Inc on Tuesday reported a 65 percent slide in quarterly operating income – its weakest result in three years.

Samsung, which reports its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, is also hurting. Chip profits – which accounted for just under half of its overall 2015 operating income – are widely expected to fall, with some analysts predicting a drop of more than 10 percent in January-March from a year earlier.

But if its rivals are getting pummelled, the South Korean tech giant is merely bruised and is in many ways benefiting as clients shift towards premium power-conserving DRAM chips for smartphones, as well as solid-state drives for data storage using 3D NAND chips.”The technological gap between Samsung and its competitors in fields such as DRAM and NAND has been widening lately, which helps the company avoid the rate of profit decline seen at other firms,” said Song Myung-sub, an analyst at HI Investment & Securities.

Even with a first-quarter drop of around 10 percent, Samsung’s chip operating profit is expected to be nearly five times that of SK Hynix.

The world’s No. 2 chipmaker also happens to run the world’s biggest smartphone business, giving it a captive customer for its chips that none of its rivals have.

“This is a safehouse they can go to,” said Avril Wu, an analyst at research firm Trendforce.

Healthy initial sales for Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S7 smartphones are expected to be the main driver of first-quarter operating profit, which the firm has said likely rose 10.4 percent from a year earlier to KRW 6.6 trillion ($5.8 billion).

Dominant position
Of its key products, analysts are most upbeat about Samsung’s NAND chip prospects. Samsung was the first to mass produce NAND flash chips using a technology called 3D NAND, helping it assume a dominant position in higher-margin products such as solid-state hard drives for computers and servers.

BNP Paribas expects the South Korean firm’s NAND revenue to climb 16 percent and NAND operating profit to jump 69 percent this year. Shipments will also likely outpace the industry average, allowing Samsung to seize more market share, it said in a report.

The technology is already contributing to Samsung’s profits, analysts say, adding that this is not the case for main NAND rivals Toshiba Corp, SK Hynix and Micron Technology Inc which are estimated to be as much as three years behind.

Investors and analysts also point to Samsung’s superior production technology for DRAM chips, saying the firm is ahead of its closest rivals by at least a year. It can mass produce smaller chips than rivals, which boosts performance and conserves power as well as increasing the number that can be made from a single wafer.

Samsung commanded 58 percent of the mobile DRAM market as of the fourth quarter of 2015, according to TrendForce. Mobile DRAM revenue also accounted for more than half of Samsung’s overall DRAM sales for October-March, TrendForce’s data shows.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Tags: Laptops, Mobiles, PC, Samsung, Tablets
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