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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Razer Blade 2016 With Upgraded Specs, Lighter Weight Launched at GDC 2016

Razer Blade 2016 With Upgraded Specs, Lighter Weight Launched at GDC 2016

Razer earlier this year launched Blade Stealth notebook for gamers with high-end specifications. After a couple of months at the onset of Game Developer Conference 2016, it now has launched the fifth edition of its Blade gaming laptop with upgraded innards, a lighter weight, and lower price. The new Blade laptop comes in two configurations – 256GB storage model at $1,999 (roughly Rs. 1,34,700), and 512GB storage model at $2,199 (roughly Rs. 1,48,000). The pre-orders have already started and the shipping is expected to start by next month.

Both the variants of the new Windows 10-based Razer Blade laptop feature 14-inch Igzo touchscreen display with 3200×1800 pixel resolution and are powered by sixth generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor (four cores, eight threads, 2.6GHz base frequency, 3.5GHz burst frequency), clubbed with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics processor with 6GB of VRAM – twice the video memory that was present in the previous model.

razer_blade_2016_gaming_laptop_back_website.jpgAs per the company, while the overall design of the 2016 Blade laptop stays nearly the same, it has shed some weight off the CNC-machined aluminium chassis. The gaming laptop is compatible with Razer’s Core enclosure for desktop graphics cards. It supports USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connectivity along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, and Micro-USB 3.0. The laptop additionally comes with Chroma keyboard, which we recently saw in the company’s Blade Stealth notebook. The keyboard includes backlit RBG keys displaying several colour patterns.

The new Razer Blade laptop features a 2-megapixel webcam; built-in stereo speakers powered by Dolby Digital; 70W/h rechargeable li-ion battery; measures 17.7×345.4×236.2mm, and weighs 1.9 kg approximately.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Passes Certification Site; Tips Design and Specs

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Passes Certification Site; Tips Design and Specs

Samsung has been rumoured to be working on a ‘Pro’ version of its high-end, the Galaxy A9 smartphone. The handset tipped as the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro has been leaked on previous occasions, carries model number SM-A9100, while the Galaxy A9 carries the model number SM-A9000.

The SM-A9100 listing shows most of the purported specifications that have been surfacing on the Web for the past few months. The listing shows the smartphone, thought to be the Galaxy A9 Pro, in images too. Based on the Tenaa images, the Galaxy A9 Pro looks to sport identical design to the Samsung Galaxy A9.

As per the Tenaa listing of the SM-A9100, thought to be the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, the smartphone features a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution Super Amoled display and will pack an octa-core SoC under-the-hood clubbed with 4GB of RAM.

Furthermore, the 4G LTE-supporting handset in question might arrive featuring a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Also seen in the Tenaa listing is 32GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). The handset is said to measure 161.7×80.9×7.9mm and weigh 210 grams. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The alleged Galaxy A9 Pro smartphone was also leaked in a benchmark listing last month tipping innards of the handset. As per the benchmark result, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro was said to run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and feature a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution display, and pack an octa-core Qualcomm CPU clocked at 1.8GHz, clubbed with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 510. The smartphone was seen sporting 32GB of inbuilt storage, out of which 25GB was user accessible. On the camera front, the Galaxy A9 Pro housed 16-megapixel autofocus rear camera with face detection, touch focus and LED flash, along with a 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Both the cameras can record videos in full-HD resolution. Some of the other features include accelerometer, GPS, compass, NFC, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

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2016 Samsung Galaxy J7, Galaxy J5 Pass Certification Site; Design, Specs Tipped

2016 Samsung Galaxy J7, Galaxy J5 Pass Certification Site; Design, Specs Tipped

Until now, we came across different benchmark results, Bluetooth certifications, and other leaks for the unannounced Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and the Galaxy J5 (2015) except any live images or press renders. However, the two smartphones for the first time have showed up in images as they have reportedly gone through Tenaa, a Chinese certification site. The listing also reveals some of the specifications.

Like the Samsung Galaxy J7 and the Galaxy J5 smartphones, the 2016 versions look almost the same but with different screen sizes. While the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) is seen featuring a 5.5-inch full-HD display, the Galaxy J5 (2016) settles in for a 5.2-inch HD display. Both still sport a plastic body.

According to the listing, the Galaxy J7 (2016) will come in two variants – SM-J7108 and SM-J7109. However, they both differ only when it comes to processors. The SM-J7108 is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz (said to be the Exynos 7870), while the SM-J7109 is seen featuring an unspecified octa-core processor (four cores clocked at 1.5GHz + four cores clocked at 1.2GHz).

The models include 4G LTE support, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera (with LED flash), 3GB of RAM, and 16GB expandable storage. The battery capacity has not been mentioned but latest rumours point towards a 3300mAh battery. It measures 151.7×75.9×7.6mm and weighs 166 grams.

On the other hand, the Galaxy J5 (2016) has a smaller screen with lower resolution and less powerful processor as mentioned above. The smartphone is seen featuring 2GB of RAM as well. Camera and inbuilt storage specifications stay the same as the Galaxy J7 (2016). The Galaxy J5 (2016) measures 145.7×72.3×7.9mm, weighs 155.4 grams, and will come in White, Gold, and Pink Gold colours. The listing also shows the two smartphones running Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box.

It is worth pointing out that the duo are seen featuring what appears to be a laser autofocus module along with the rear camera. If true, this would also make the handsets first from the company to feature such camera sensors. The laser autofocus sensor first appeared with LG G3 and later came as a feature in other handsets.

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