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Google gearing up for Pixel smartphone launch

14 SEP 2016

Ahead of what is set to be its latest high-profile smartphone launch, there was speculation as to what Google’s next generation of devices will offer.

As has widely been reported, the devices are set to drop the Nexus branding used by previous generations, instead adopting the Pixel name used by the company for previous tablet and Chromebook devices.

Two smartphones are likely to be announced, with 5-inch and 5.5-inch (XL) screens. Powered by the Android Nougat platform, they are also likely to be the first to widely adopt Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chip.

Other suggested specs include USB-C port, stereo speakers, fingerprint scanner and 3.5mm headphone jack. Cameras are likely to be 12MP rear and 8MP front.

Earlier reports suggested that HTC is likely to be Google’s manufacture partner.

It was mooted that upgrades are also on the cards for other Google devices. The Chromecast media streamer is likely to gain 4K support, while Google Home – showcased earlier this year – is also likely to feature.

And with VR a hot topic, it would be unsurprising if this also features.

Google’s launch event is expected to take place on 4 October. Smartphone availability will follow from 20 October.

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