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Pixel or Nexus? Everything we know about Google’s rumored phones so far [Updated]

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A week before a major product’s unveiling, we normally have a good idea of what to expect from the day of launch. Things are a little different now, with Google keeping its highly anticipated smartphones closely guarded until their official reveal on October 4. Still, this isn’t stopping everyone from following all the rumors and leaks. Here’s what we know so far.

There might be two phones named Pixel and Pixel XL

While Google hasn’t plain said they’re letting go of the long-running Nexus series, tons of rumors are pointing to the company scrapping the name in favor of the Pixel branding. As of now, there are only two Pixel devices under Google, and those are the Android-powered Pixel C tablet and Chrome OS-equipped Chromebook Pixel laptop.

How this unifies Google’s hardware lineups is still a mystery, but this could mean that the Nexus 6P and 5X smartphones are the last of their kind. In their place, we expect a 5-inch Pixel and 5.5-inch Pixel XL to take over as the search giant’s flagship offerings.

They’re going to be rectangular and made by HTC

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Although the line “Made by Google” has been attached to the Pixel handsets, HTC has been tagged to be the manufacturer of both phones. This isn’t the company’s first involvement, however; HTC made the very first Nexus smartphone called the Nexus One, and Google’s latest Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9, was also developed by the Taiwan-based brand.

Google has barely shown us anything so far, but if the leaked photos courtesy of Android Police have anything to say, there’s nothing out of the ordinary in terms of design. We’re looking at an all-metal body with a fingerprint scanner and single camera lens at the back.

Somehow, one of the phones also made its way into a commercial by Nest Netherlands. It matches quite well to the photos above, so there seems to be some legitimacy in the sources. Whether it was accidental or on purpose is the question, but that applies to practically every leak we’ve ever encountered.

Update: We now have what looks like finalized renders of the Pixel and Pixel XL, thanks to leakster Evan Blass. They once again match earlier leaked images, and prove that a new version of Android is coming along. The two phones look exactly the same, though.

Update #2: OnLeaks uncovered a clear 3D render video of the Pixel XL. Additionally, the source claims that the dimensions are 154.7 x 75.7 x 7.3mm (bottom) and 8.5mm (top). This means the camera hump adds a little more bulk to the frame.

Specs are what you’d expect

We’re nearing the end of the calendar year, and that means flagship phones will more or less have the same chipsets by now. We’ll most likely see Qualcomm’s top processor, the Snapdragon 821, inside both handsets, along with 4GB of memory, Full to Quad HD resolutions for the displays, and USB Type-C ports with fast charging capabilities. The IP rating, which is the gadget’s resistance to dust and water, is still unclear.

The bigger news is the possibility of Android 7.1 being on board. It hasn’t been too long since the original Android 7.0 Nougat version came out, but bug fixes and minor tweaks are always welcome. So far, the only upgrade version 7.1 is noted to have is the option to restart your phone directly from the “Power off” menu. It may sound really basic, but no stock Android phone has had it since the OS was conceived.

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In addition, it looks like there’ll be a new launcher to accompany Google’s new phones. Aptly named Pixel Launcher, it’s just like the interface you’re accustomed to in other stock Android handsets, but there’s some much-needed design changes: The app drawer button is gone, the Google search bar has been replaced by a search tab and calendar widget, and the navigation buttons might be redone. You can actually install it now and see some of the features for yourself.

They’ll be priced like rival flagships

The Nexus brand has always been positioned as Google’s way of showing manufacturers how to do Android devices right. With Google having a close eye on the development process of its partners, the hardware maximizes the full potential of the software, and vice versa. To the joy of customers, some Nexus devices were even priced below its competitors despite having flagship-level parts.

Sadly, this might change with the arrival of the Pixel brand. Reports say that the smaller handset’s price will start at $649, and the bigger one at around $750. This would put the duo in direct competition against Samsung and Apple’s best. This rumor seems highly likely, since the two Pixel devices we mentioned earlier, the Pixel C and Chromebook Pixel, have eye-popping prices themselves. We don’t like where this is going.

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Image credit: Android Police

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Huawei Mate 20 X is company’s ultimate gaming smartphone

It’s absolutely huge!

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Out of nowhere, Huawei introduced yet another member to the Mate 20 family: the Mate 20 X.

It joins the regular Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Porsche Design Mate 20 Pro. While each of those have their own specialties, the Mate 20 X is simply Huawei’s ultimate gaming smartphone.

If you recall, this was the gaming phone Huawei teased earlier this year, alongside the foldable smartphone that everyone is so excited to see.

Even though it has the same Kirin 980 chipset and camera setup as its siblings, the Mate 20 X sets itself apart with a much larger 7.2-inch OLED display and massive 5000mAh battery.

And since this is a gamer-centric device, an optimized cooling system is in place to prevent overheating while pushing pixels at fast frame rates. However, what’s more interesting is the compatibility with Huawei’s new M-Pen, which is a direct answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series.

The Mate 20 X will retail for EUR 899 for the 6GB+128GB variant beginning on October 26. Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver are the two available colors.

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Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS has all the tech plus luxury

Design meets technology

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Like before, the Mate series from Huawei will not be complete without a Porsche Design variant. Along with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the Chinese company also announced the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. The name is a mouthful and so are all of its features.

The Porsche Design Mate 20 RS is based on the Mate 20 Pro and they share a number of features. It also sports a curved OLED display, 3D face unlock, and in-screen fingerprint sensor.

It’s powered by the new Kirin 980 processor and has all the AI capabilities that the chipset can offer. It features Dual-NPU and the latest 7nm process. The phone is paired with 8GB of memory to ensure smooth multitasking and runs Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0 out of the box.

Camera-wise, it sports the all-new Leica triple-camera system with a 40-megapixel main camera, 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam. It can also do macro shots with ultra-sharp focus.

There’s a large 4200mAh battery inside as well and it’s fully capable of the 40W SuperCharge technology from Huawei. Fast wireless charging is also available, including the nifty reverse wireless charging.

What sets the Porsche Design variant apart from the regular Mate 20 phones is the design. Instead of a glass back, it has leather trimming. Of course, it comes preloaded with Porsche Design exclusives including icons, wallpapers, and matching user interface.

Being a luxury phone, the Porsche Design variant of the Mate 20 will not be cheap. The phone is priced at EUR 1,695 for the 256GB storage model, while the 512GB model will be available for EUR 2,095. It’s coming in Black in select markets and in a limited edition Red in China.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 series launches with Kirin 980, new Leica cameras, wireless charging

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Huawei announces new wearables: Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro

More wearables for everyone!

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Alongside the highly anticipated Huawei Mate 20 launch in London, Huawei also announced two wearables.

The first announcement came in the form of a classic-looking watch, and a good-looking one at that. The Huawei Watch GT features a stainless steel case with a ceramic bezel and a diamond-like coating. It’s fitted with a 1.39-inch AMOLED display which will show you your notifications with a bright and crisp screen.

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To make sure the wearable is optimized, it has a dual-chip setup which uses AI to intelligently manage whether it should use the low-speed chipset or high-speed chipset (for more intensive use) vis-a-vis the actual scenario. The Huawei Watch GT also boasts of more accurate heart rate tracking with TruSeen 3.0 Heart Rate Monitoring Technology and more accurate GPS.

Of course, it will also track activities like running, swimming, or cycling with its Multiple Sport Modes. There’s even a built-in health assistant which tracks sleep and offers relaxation features. Depending on use, the Huawei Watch GT has a battery life that will last from 22 hours with intensive use, to two weeks with normal use, to an amazing 30 days with light use. Did I mention they’re also waterproof?

There are two versions available, the Huawei Watch GT Sport which retails for EUR 199, and the Huawei GT Classic which is priced at EUR 249.

The Huawei Band 3 Pro was also unveiled. The update to the Chinese company’s simpler health tracker has a 0.95-inch HD AMOLED color display with touchscreen capabilities.

It has GPS tracking, Multiple Sport Modes which include swimming, personalized exercise tracking, and sleep tracking. This wearable will retail for EUR 99.

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