Here's How to Watch Google's Live Smartphone Event

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Google's hardware announcement also includes a new Chromebook called the Pixelbook.

Now that we're less than 24 hours away from Google's big hardware-focused event, the new Pixel smartphones simply can't stop leaking.

Google's presentation kicks off at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET, with CNET's preshow starting 30 minutes early.

Hours before Google's official announcement, USA retailer Walmart accidentally opened the pre-orders for Google Home Mini smart speaker.

Speaking of carelessness and accidental product confirmations, Walmart made an even bigger mistake, jumping the gun on Google Home Mini pre-orders.

It's not entirely clear whether or not the Pixelbook will have different Core i5 processors for the different models, or whether Google is using the older seventh-generation cores, or the recent eighth-generation chips, but presumably we'll find out when Google formally announces the Pixelbook tomorrow. The bottom visibly houses a USB Type-C port. Apart from these, both smartphones are expected to flaunt dual front stereo speakers, IP67 rating, Active Edge feature ala HTC U11 (review) and E-SIM.

Actually, the LG V30 looks like the clearest touchstone here - notorious leaker Evan Blass has shared what he claims are images of the Pixel 2 XL, and it looks incredibly similar to LG's upcoming flagship. However, unlike the predecessor, Google has followed a new design scheme for the Pixel 2 XL with slimmer bezel-less design, QHD screen with tougher Gorilla Glass 5, better cameras, and more. Amazon has its own Alexa voice assistant in Echo Dot while Google is expected to rope in its own Assistant in Google Home Mini.

Another product on the list belongs to Google's Pixel Chromebook lineup. The Google Assistant-powered speaker was listed for pre-order at $49 and is expected to arrive on October 19. It's expected to cost $1,199 for the 128GB model, $1,399 for the 256GB model, and $1,749 for the 512GB option. The smart speaker will weigh less than 500 grams, and come in Chalk, Charcoal, and Coral.



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