After months of leaks about Google’s follow-up to last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the wait is almost over. On October 4th, Google will announce… something.

That’s about all the company is saying for now, but all signs point to a new phone or two at the very least.

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Here’s the evidence:

  • You can sign up for news at madeby.google.com/askmore, a site that asks if you’re “thinking about changing phones?”
  • There’s a new YouTube video from Google called “Funny you should ask” that features question-after-question from users who are apparently fed up with their existing phones.
  • Google’s posting billboards for the upcoming announcement too.

Rumor has it that there are at least two new phones on the way. The successor to the first Pixel is expected to be a 5 inch model that looks a lot like last year’s model, but which has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, while the follow-up to the Pixel XL is expected to have a 6 inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, slim bezels, and pressure-sensitive sides that you can squeeze to perform some actions.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard more about upcoming Android One phones on or around October 4th as well. While Pixel devices tend to be high-end smartphones, it seems like Android One handsets could become decent options for fans of stock Android software looking for a more affordable alternative.

Google and Xiaomi recently unveiled the Xiaomi Mi A1, which has the best specs of any Android One phone to date, but it’s not sold in the United States (at least not officially). But Motorola and HTC may also be working on Android One phones that could be marketed to US customers.

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3 replies on “Google’s next-gen Pixel announcement coming Oct 4th”

  1. Brad, I know it irritates you, but when comparing screen sizes, using aspect ratios with a common denominator is much easier for the reader to visualize and understand.

    For example, “the phone has a 2:1 aspect ratio instead of the usual 16:9” requires you to perform a mental calculation in your head just so you can figure out how whether the screen is taller or wider, and by how much. If some phones start going for slightly fatter screens, say 15:9, throwing 5:3 into the mix is only going to make matters worse.

    So, from a journalistic point of view, using 18:9 instead of 2:1 makes better sense, even if it offends your mathematical sensibilities.

    1. Additionally it would be interesting to see the screen area listed. As phones tend towards a straight line the area for a given size reduces. Taken to extreme you could fit a six inch screen on a pen but it wouldn’t be the same size as a 4×3 six inch screen.

      1. SqrRoot 2 is where it’s at.
        Ie; 1:1.414

        International ISO Standard for the win!

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