Here’s your best look yet at the upcoming Google smartphones [UPDATED]



Google is set to make an announcement Tuesday, and when the hoopla ends, two phones will all but certainly be the face of Google’s smartphone efforts. We’re looking at you, Pixel and Pixel XL. And you’re getting the best look yet at the upcoming handsets.

The renders below come from Canadian telecom operator Bell. Someone must have erroneously published a couple of web pages containing the photos, and — well, you know the rest because you’ve heard it all before. Nothing on the internet escapes the public eye, especially those of Reddit users. Bell has since taken the pages down, though some people were able to mirror the images from before that happened.


Google Pixel (left) and Pixel XL (right)

Funnily enough, another carrier from Canada, Telus, published new renders of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL soon after. The image below comes from Android Police. We’re seeing a pattern here, and you can bet the Mountain View internet giant isn’t feeling much love for Canadian operators right now. We, on the other hand, don’t feel any love for those “bigger than they need to be” top and bottom bezels.


Images pulled from Telus’ website

Case-maker Spigen has also given us a good look at the Pixel XL days ahead of its launch date. The phone is widely believed to sport a 5.5-inch display; Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line processor; 4GB of RAM; the same rear camera sensor inside the Xiaomi 5s; and Android Nougat. You can read up more on the Pixel and Pixel XL here.


At this point, we pretty much know exactly what to expect from Google when chief executive Sundar Pichai comes out to talk about Pixel phones. All that’s left is the official unveiling on October 4th.

UPDATE: Well, the cat (or cats?) is really out of the bag now, so to speak. Store listings for the Pixel and Pixel XL temporarily went live on Carphone Warehouse’s website, revealing just about every detail about the next Google phones. Both will ship with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 821, the fastest Qualcomm chip available today, and 4GB of RAM.


Other specs include AMOLED displays (1080p on the Pixel; Quad HD on the Pixel XL); 32GB or 128GB of storage; 8- and 12-megapixel selfie and rear cameras with optical image stabilization; and 2,770mAh (Pixel) and 3,450mAh (Pixel XL) batteries with quick charging over a Type-C port.

To sweeten the deal, Google is throwing in unlimited photo and video backups through Google Photos.


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Source: Reddit, GSMArena


Google implies Pixel 8 will be more innovative than iPhone 15

Through a new ad



Almost a week ago, Apple released a new ad campaign to make fun of the newly released iPhone 15 series. Though the campaign seemingly started a new era after the #BestPhonesForever campaign, Google isn’t done with the latter yet. A few days before the launch of the Pixel 8 series, the company is back with a new #BestPhonesForever ad to both hype the upcoming flagship and ridicule Apple’s devices.

In the most recent video, the iPhone and the Pixel are alone in the woods telling scary stories with each other. Scary as it seems, the setting is only a backdrop for the meat of the ad. After the Pixel shared a story, the iPhone voiced out worries about the upcoming Pixel 8 launch.

According to the ad, while the iPhone 15 got a “different mute button, a dynamic-er island, and a new charging port,” it was scared that the Pixel 8 was going to easily take the spotlight in a few days. “What if your launch is more innovative?” the iPhone asks.

The ad doesn’t really get into how the Pixel 8 might be more innovative. However, with the sheer number of leaks available now, it’s already clear what the company is launching on October 4.

Regardless, it’s abundantly clear that Google believes highly in its upcoming presentation, especially when compared to the iPhone 15 launch.

SEE ALSO: Pixel 8 series will reportedly receive seven years of updates

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Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash character trailer revealed

Check out what the cast can do in battle



Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash

The first cast of playable characters for upcoming Bandai Namco title Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash has been revealed through the game’s first trailer.

Yuji Itadori, Megumi Fushiguro, Nobara Kugisaki and Satoru Gojo are all shown in the trailer. Meanwhile, battle footage featuring Ryomen Sukuna has been showcased as well to give fans a tease of what to expect.

Itadori is a melee puncher who has a passive skill called “High Gear,” relying on Cursed Energy for him to be able to dash easier. He also has “Divergent Fist” for close-range situations.

Fushiguro is a close-range Combo Master that specializes in coordinate strikes with Shikigami. His “Ten Shadows Technique” will summon Nue, Toad, and Divine Dog. These can be commanded by players to attack on their own.

Meanwhile, Kugisaki is a mid-range striker who uses the “Straw Doll Technique: Hairpin” attack on opponents. This hammers several nails onto foes several times, inflicting more damage. Moreover, “Marking” will allow these planted nails to detonate from any distance.

Gojo specializes in crowd control. He utilizes “Technique Amplification: Blue” to block the movement of enemies. Then there’s “Cursed Technique Reversal: Red” to keep enemies from coming toward him.

His powerful “Hollow Technique: Purple” takes time to build up, but can finish off enemies using a powerful move to knock them all down.

Lastly, Sukuna acts as an anti-hero who can make it difficult for both friends and foes. The wide-range melee attacker can blow up an entire battlefield, while his “Reverse Cursed Technique” allows him to heal by counterattacking.

Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash will be available for PlayStation 4 and 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam at a yet to be announced date.

Watch the trailer.

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Fitbit Charge 6 now available for pre-order in Singapore

Fitbit’s latest premium fitness tracker



Fitbit Charge 6

Google has announced the launch of the new Fitbit Charge 6 in Singapore for SG$ 229.95 with pre-order now available.

The Charge 6 is the latest generation in Fitbit’s line of premium fitness trackers which features advanced sensors and a new machine-learning algorithm to bring the most accurate heart rate tracking yet.

The new wearable is compatible with gym equipment and fitness apps to see your real-time heart rate during workouts. It has over 40 exercise modes and a battery life of up to seven days.

On the go, it has a new haptic side button for users to control more directly from their wrists, like YouTube, Google Maps (it has built-in GPS), or Wallet. Phone calls are likewise made smoother with Clear Calling while Assistant allows users to write using their voice.

To complement the use of the Fitbit Charge 6, a newly-redesigned Fitbit app has been introduced. It has a more simplified and refreshed interface with three tabs (Today, Coach, and You).


The Charge 6 is available in three colorways: Black with Obsidian Infinity band, Silver with Porcelain Infinity band, and Champagne Gold with Coral Infinity band.

It will be available online and in-stores via the Google Store and Fitbit website, as well as the following retailers:

  • Amazon SG
  • Best Denki
  • Challenger Online
  • Courts Online
  • Gain City
  • Harvey Norman
  • Lazada
  • Popular (Selected stores)
  • Shopee
  • Sprint Cass
  • AdvanceLap
  • ConnectIT

Purchasing the device entitles users to six months of Fitbit Premium.

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