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Google Oct. 4 Event Roundup: Pixel And Pixel XL Smartphones, Chromecast Ultra, Wi-Fi Router, Daydream VR And More

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Google's Oct. 4 event is near, and the company has already started sending out invitations to the whole shindig.

Before that kicks off, here's a roundup of what everyone can expect to see there. Hint: It's believed that the Mountain View firm will take the wraps off a ton of devices on the center stage, ranging from smartphones and improved dongles to a laptop and a Wi-Fi router.

The Smartphones: Pixel And Pixel XL

Leaks and rumors surrounding the next iteration of the Nexus lineup called the Pixel and Pixel XL have been cropping up nicely.

To start things off, they are expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM, staying the pace with flagships nowadays.

Going over the cameras, they might sport a rear-facing 12-megapixel shooter and a front-facing 8-megapixel snapper. To make sure all those pictures and videos along with other media content can be stored, they'll offer 32 GB worth of native storage.

On top of that, there's a chance they might have a headphone jack at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom.

In a word, they're similar across the board in terms of specs, but of course, they do have differences. While the Pixel dons a 5-inch 1080p display and packs in a 2,770 mAh battery, the Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch QHD display and a 3,450 mAh pack.

However, they might not be the most affordable smartphone in the market, as the base model of the Pixel is believed to hold customers back by $649. What's more, they may not even be waterproof, and with a price tag like that, the Google-branded handsets are around the same cost as waterproof smartphones such as the Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Apple's iPhone 7.

At any rate, there are plenty of fans who are itching to see them at the event, and based on an alleged official image that got leaked recently via Evan Blass of VentureBeat, they are looking good.

 The Google Wi-Fi Router

Described to be similar to OnHub, Google's $129 Wi-Fi router guarantees every nook and cranny of a user's home will have a strong and stable signal. Needless to say, its big debut could be on Oct. 4.

The Amazon Echo Competitor: Google Home

First unveiled at the I/O conference back in May, Google Home may turn heads at the event. Basically, it's arguably one of Amazon Echo's competitors, functioning more or less the same thanks to a mic and a Bluetooth speaker at hand.

The Dongle: Chromecast Ultra

Taking dongle streaming to the next level, the new Chromecast Ultra features 4K support. Of course, that doesn't come cheap. It's relatively more expensive than the Chromecast 2, rumored to come with a $69 price tag.

More Than A Cardboard: Daydream VR Platform

Just like Google Home, the Daydream VR made the headlines via the I/O conference, and the company may finally give more information about it. On that note, it's worth mentioning that the platform stepped out of beta recently, and it's now open to developers.

The Huawei-Made Tablet

Coming from the ever reliable Blass yet again, Google could showcase a 7-inch tablet made by Huawei.

The Laptop: Pixel 3

Code-named Bison, the Pixel 3 laptop is said to be in the works, and it's expected to roll out running on a unified OS called Andromeda — more on that in a bit. According to Android Police, the notebook could go official sometime in 2017. That said, Google could announce it as soon as Oct. 4, but it could hold off from doing so for a later event.

The Merged Operating Systems: Andromeda

Rumors about Google bringing the Chrome and Android operating systems aren't new, as they have been circulating since 2015. Now, the company may finally unleash the love child of the two unto the world, calling it Andromeda.

Corroborating this possibility is Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer, who gave a pretty huge hint on Twitter about something big coming to the software side of things.

It's also worth mentioning that there are talks about the firm testing Andromeda on the HTC Nexus 9. That means there's more or less a chance that the merged OS will debut on a tablet first, not on the Pixel 3.

With all said and done, what do you think of the expected devices that Google is going to showcase? Hit us up in the comments section below and let us know, especially if you're as excited as we are for the Oct. 4 event.

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