at to expect from ‘s big Oct. 4 hardware event

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 3 Oct 2016

Updated 10/03/16: Carphone rehouse leaked some info about the xel xel Xphones. It’s our clearest look at them yet.

Get ready for a hardware-palooza.

The company is set to not only unveil a pair of smartphones during its just-announced Oct. 4 event in San Francisco, but we also may also see some other gear that will surely make it onto the holiday wish list of anyone that’s a fan of services.

You’ll be able to watch the livestream right here.

The story behind the story: te Monday, the company sent out a press invite a playful tweet that takes you to a not-so-subtle teaser site. It’s clearly a phone the URof tells us that instead of this being just another Nexus partnership, is more fully in control of its latest smartphones. 

Goodbye Nexus, Hello xel

After a steady flow of rumors leaks, we’re pretty confident that we’re going to see two smartphones, dubbed the xel xel X Android lice captured some blurry images of two devices that match the rumor mill: 5-inch 5.5-inch phones made by HTC. 

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These very well could be the latest smartphones from .

The rotating images on the teaser site are a good hint there’ll be a focus on the camera’s photo capabilities. During last year’s unveiling of the Nexus 6 5X spent quite a bit of time favorably comparing the 6s low-light capabilities to the ione. It’s definitely something to keep your eye on.

Carphone rehouse accidentally published its listing for the xel xel Xon Oct 2. Though quickly pulled, sharp readers took screen captures of the page, which featured the specs marketing images.

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Goole’s new phones will come in two sizes, with very few differences between them.

In terms of specs, it’s exactly what the rumors suggested: a speedy Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, either 32 or 128GB of storage, AMOD displays (1080p for the smaller xel, 1440p for the xel X. Batteries are 2770 mAh 3450 mAh, respectively. The phones are to launch with Android 7.1 feature 8Mfront-facing 12Mrear cameras.

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is once again touting a great camera, but will it st up to the best of Samsung Apple?

The marketing slides went on to tout a fantastic camera, but the competition is fierce. st year’s Nexus phones took great photos, but the cameras were ponderously slow. Beyond that, most of the marketing was centered around ‘s latest apps like lo Duo, the power of Assistant.


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Home, featuring a purple base.

The first look at Home came at the company’s I/O conference in May. It’s essentially a Googly version of Amazon’s popular Echo, with an always-ready Assistant listening. This sounds like as good a time as any to show this off, which should finally include pricing, availability, some more details about what the device can actually do.

A new tablet

recently got a pretty solid rumor from Blass about a Huawei-built, seven-inch tablet coming from . It’s not clear if this will also bear the xel name or how it will fit into ’s new bring efforts. ’ve argued before that we’re long overdue for a stock Android tablet of this size, we’re glad to see one may finally be coming. 

4K Chromecast Ultra

New hardware is always better with leaks. Thanks to Venturebeat, we have a pretty solid look at ’s new Chromecast Ultra, which rumor has it will support 4K streaming.

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The Chromecast Ultra features a similar design to the current hardware available.

Another report puts the price at $69, making it the most expensive option of the Chromecast family. But it’s a smart move given the rising popularity of 4K the success has had with Chromecast, unlike its other television initiative. 


’s OnHub router isn’t the last word when it comes to the company’s home -Fi efforts. will purportedly release a product called fi that will be a more traditional home network router. don’t have much on how it will be a supposedly better choice than all the other routers out there, but we’re sure will have something to say about it at the upcoming event.  


The idea of some type of Chrome Android merger has been floated for a while, but it’s looking way more real thanks to the latest rumor. Andromeda is the alleged code name for a hybrid Chrome-Android operating system that could usher in a new era of -powered computing. The latest is that a forthcoming Huawei tablet could run Andromeda. The considerable Android developer community will want assurance from this would be a smooth transition, so we’ll surely watch this one closely.