It’s now Google’s turn to step into the spotlight and take a swing for the fences with their upcoming fall hardware event. This Pixel showcase is set to unfold in New York City, and you’re cordially invited, at least in the virtual sense, to join the livestream of the “Made by Google” event. The excitement kicks off at 1PM ET on October 4, and you can catch the livestream below. Rest assured, we’ll provide comprehensive coverage of all the essential Pixel-related updates right here on Engadget, including our liveblog.
The event’s focus has been no secret for weeks now. Google has been tantalizing us with images and videos teasing the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2, while leaks have been pouring in.
According to Google, the new Pixel phones will feature “the most advanced Pixel cameras yet” and will harness the power of Google AI to make your tasks even more efficient. Rumor has it that there will be other notable upgrades, including a display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz (surpassing the Pixel 7’s 90Hz screen) and the incorporation of the Tensor G3 chipset to power it all. Moreover, there may be a price hike in the cards for the base Pixel 8, with speculation suggesting it’ll cost $699, a $100 increase compared to the Pixel 7.
Turning our attention to the Pixel Watch 2, it’s expected to boast IP68 water- and dust-resistance. Google appears to be prioritizing extended battery life with the aid of a more efficient processor than the one used in the original model, possibly accompanied by a slightly larger battery. Additionally, there are hints that Google might sweeten the deal by bundling a Pixel Watch 2 as a pre-order bonus for the Pixel 8 Pro.
Google might also have other intriguing announcements in store for the event. Considering the trajectory of this year, it would be surprising if the company didn’t dedicate a substantial portion of the event to discussing AI advancements. In any case, we won’t have to wait long to unveil the surprises Google has up its sleeve.