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What to expect from the Google Pixel launch event

What to expect from the Google Pixel launch event


Brace yourself for a new Pixel 7, a Pixel Watch, and maybe even a surprise foldable

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A graphic showing Google’s upcoming Pixel 7 smartphones
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We’re getting even closer to the launch of the Pixel 7 phone and Pixel Watch, with Google’s fall launch event set to take place on Thursday, October 6th, at 10AM ET.

While we have an idea of what to expect, Google may still have a few surprises in store. Here’s everything we’re looking forward to at the upcoming Google Pixel event.

The Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to arrive with incremental upgrades

There wouldn’t be a Pixel launch event without a new generation of Pixel smartphones. We’re going to see what Google has in store for the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which Google offered a brief glimpse of during I/O back in May.

At the event, Google showed off renders of the devices, which each come with an aluminum camera bar and the upgraded Tensor G2 chip (we’ll get to that below). The Pixel 7 Pro houses two cutouts for its three-camera array, while the base Pixel 7 comes with one cutout for its two cameras.

We’re not expecting too many changes when it comes to camera specs, as the Pixel 7’s rumored to sport the same 50MP main sensor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Both the base Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could come with an upgraded 11MP front-facing camera, though, which the Pixel 6 Pro already has.

Unlike the base Pixel 7, however, leaked specs indicate the Pixel 7 Pro could also come with a 48MP telephoto lens. In a leaked ad shared by Twitter leaker SnoopyTech, Google appears to show off the Pixel 7 Pro’s powerful Super Res Zoom and a “macro focus” option that lets you capture detailed close-ups. The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro could also come with “Cinematic Blur,” a feature that seems to dynamically shift focus during videos, sort of like the cinematic mode that Apple introduced with the iPhone 13.

According to 9to5Google, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro may also feature the same displays as their predecessors, coming with 90Hz 1080 x 2400 and 120Hz 1440 x 3120 displays, respectively. The display on the Pixel 7 may actually be slightly smaller than the one on the Pixel 6, while the Pixel 7 Pro may come with a native 1080p mode to potentially help users conserve battery.

A screenshotted image showing the alleged Pixel 7 Pro in an unboxing video
A screencap of the alleged Pixel 7 Pro spotted in an unboxing video.
Image: Gadgetfull BD

Alleged prototypes of the device have made their way around the web, with one user claiming to sell one on eBay and another saying they purchased the device from Facebook Marketplace. More recently, what appears to be a more finalized version of the Pixel 7 Pro popped up in an unboxing video at a tech shop in Bangladesh. These images and videos don’t really tell us anything new about the device but corroborate much of what Google showed us at I/O.

In terms of price, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are expected to stay the same as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro at launch. Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii tweeted out the potential prices for both devices, which could cost $599 for the Pixel 7 and $899 for the Pixel 7 Pro.

The launch of Google’s first Pixel smartwatch

Arguably one of the most exciting things coming out of Google’s upcoming event is the release of its new Pixel Watch. Although Google officially announced the watch at I/O, rumors about the device have been floating around for several months leading up to the event.

So far, we know that the Pixel Watch will feature a circular dome-style watchface with a tactile crown, side button, and a proprietary band that you can swap out for other styles. It will also come with an “improved” version of Wear OS 3 that includes native Google apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Wallet, and Google Home. A new Fitbit integration means you can view and track health information with the watch, such as heart rate, sleep tracking, and Active Zone Minutes. You can see how some of these integrations might look in a leaked ad shared by SnoopyTech.

We’re still not sure which chip the Pixel Watch will use, but a source told 9to5Google that it could come packed with a powerful Samsung Exynos 9110, over 1.5GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. And thanks to potential images and information about the watch leaked to Reddit and Android Central, we know that the device could have a 40mm watchface that’s 14mm thick, while the display itself spans about 30mm.

We also got a glimpse at the bands the smartwatch could come with, along with potential watchface options in a set of leaked images shared with Slashleaks. It looks like the watch may feature a set of silicone bands in black, white, dark gray, and light gray as well as colorful braided variations in red, black, and green.

There are also two different leather band styles: a sleek leather option in black, orange, and silver in addition to a more rugged version in black and dark green. Meanwhile, the watch itself could come in three colorways: black, silver, and gold.

A leaked image showing a variety of Pixel Watches with different bands and watch faces
A leaked image shows braided, silicone, and leather Pixel Watch band styles.
Image: Slashleaks via OnLeaks

The leaked images show a variety of watchface designs, too, ranging from a minimalist hour and minute hand with the user’s heart rate to a more vibrant option showing a landscape design. Judging by the leaked images, the Pixel Watch could come with ECG tracking and support for Google’s Fast Pair. Another set of images uncovered by Esper’s Mishaal Rahman shows Google Home integration and emergency calls on the watch.

A report from 9to5Google claims the watch will have a $349 Wi-Fi / Bluetooth-only variation and a more expensive $399 option with LTE connectivity. This tracks with a leaked Pixel Watch listing that briefly appeared on Amazon in Germany, which prices the device at 356.76 euros (about $349).

A (slightly) more powerful Tensor G2 chip

Google revealed its first in-house Tensor chip last year before debuting it on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The company’s poised to reveal the second generation of the chip with the release of the Pixel 7, and some rumors have already given us an idea of what to expect performance-wise.

Developer Kuba Wojciechowski uncovered data on Geekbench that indicates the processor could have the same CPU cores as the first Tensor chip, resulting in a minor 10 percent performance boost. The GPU might get more of a bump, though, with Wojciechowski saying it should get a 20 percent performance improvement and a 20 percent power reduction.

Another look at the Google Pixel Tablet

Google teased the Pixel Tablet at I/O earlier this year, and it was kind of underwhelming. With its chunky matte white bezel, my colleague Dan Seifert said it resembles “a Samsung tablet from circa 2013 or 2014.” We know for sure it’s going to run Android, but Google didn’t offer any other specifics about the device at I/O.

An image showing the display of Google’s Pixel tablet
Google’s Pixel Tablet has a chunky white bezel.
Image: Google

Leaks have given us some possible hints at what’s to come, however. Specs leaked to 91Mobiles indicate it could have an 11-inch display and Wi-Fi 6 support as well 128GB and 256GB storage options. Code sleuth Wojciechowski also found evidence of a “Pro” tablet variation buried in the first Android 13 quarterly platform release beta. It’s unclear what the differences between the standard tablet and Pro version will be, but findings from 9to5Google suggest the two devices could have different rear cameras.

If Google does give us a better look at the Pixel Tablet and reveals a Pro variation, we might not even see the device by the end of this year. At I/O, Google said it’s aiming to launch the tablet in 2023.

Is a Pixel foldable in the cards?

Rumors about a mysterious Pixel foldable (or two) have been around since last year, and we’ve seen no sign of the device so far. But recent leaks indicate Google’s working on just one device, and it could fold vertically like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold.

An image showing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 in an unfolded state
Google’s foldable is rumored to resemble the Galaxy Z Fold.
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

In mid-September, Wojciechowski once again spotted code that refers to the folded and unfolded states of a device Google codenamed “Felix.” The code also mentions that the device could have a 64MP primary sensor with a 10.8MP telephoto lens on the back, an 8MP sensor on the inside, and another 10.8MP telephoto lens on the front.

We may not see the foldable Pixel at this event, as Google’s rumored to release the device in the spring of next year.

What about Google’s smart home hardware?

Google revealed two new Nest devices a couple of days before the Pixel launch event, so we might not see any new smart home tech announced during the presentation.

On Tuesday, Google revealed its new wired Nest Doorbell. The device costs $179.99 and is similar to its battery-powered counterpart, featuring a video resolution of 960 x 1280 pixels at 30 frames per second. But unlike the wireless version of the doorbell, the wired Nest Doorbell can record video 24/7 with a Nest Aware Plus subscription for $12 / month or $120 / year.

The new wired Nest Doorbell from Google
The new Nest Doorbell is wired and costs $179.99.
Image: Google Nest

Google also showed off the Nest Wifi Pro — an upgrade to its 2019 Nest Wifi router — that supports the faster Wi-Fi 6E standard and covers a 2,200-square-foot area. A single router costs $199 (or $299 for a two-pack) and is available for preorder starting October 4th. The device doesn’t ship until October 27th.

Lastly, Google announced that it’s working on an overhauled version of the Google Home app as it prepares for the new smart home standard Matter. The revamped app comes with a Favorites page, along with ways new ways to control and automate both Nest and Matter devices. While the app will roll out in a public preview that’ll be available in the coming weeks, the existing Google Home app arrives on Wear OS this week.

Update October 3rd, 9:41AM ET: Updated to add more rumors about the Pixel Watch and Pixel 7.

Update October 4th, 11:46AM ET: Updated to add information on Google’s Nest devices and Google Home app.