5 things from the Google Pixel 3 launch event that will surprise you – or not

Google is due to make several significant product announcements today, all of which would surprise you – if they hadn't already leaked weeks, and in some cases months, in advance.

Its Google Pixel 3 launch event is going to showcase not just smartphones, but a new laptop, tablet, smart home speaker, and even a Chromecast, according to the leaks. So pretty much everything except for the delayed Google Pixel Watch.

That's good news if you held off on buying the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home, the current Chromecast, or the Google tabl... wait, no one was buying Google tablets in recent months.

In case you've missed any of the Google Pixel 3 launch event leaks, here's a roundup of everything we expect to see in a few hours.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL have been seen, unboxed, held, left in the back of taxi, and even sold in recent weeks, so there's little doubt that we're getting new phones to show off Android 9.0 Pie in style.

Google Pixel 3 XL leak (Photo Credit: Arthur Luchkin/Mobiltelefon)

Google Pixel 3 XL leak (Photo Credit: Arthur Luchkin/Mobiltelefon)

The Pixel 3, with a 5.5-inch screen, and Pixel 3 XL, with a 6.3-inch screen (both OLED) are your pure Android options for 2018, with the latter phone having a deep notch cutout at the top. 

The look has stirred controversy, but it may be a worthwhile trade-off for a nearly all-screen display and the potentially powerful dual selfie cameras – although the 12.2MP camera on the back will be our real focus when we get these phones in for review.

Both versions of the Pixel 3 have been tipped to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM, and to come in two storage sizes: 64GB and 128GB. No, don't expect a headphone jack or microSD card slot.

Google Pixel Slate

Google's answer to the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro is the Google Pixel Slate, a brand-new 2-in-1 tablet, according to several reports and leaked renders.

Pixel Slate leak

(Photo Credit: MySmartPrice)

This tablet runs Google's Chrome OS operating system, so it's different to previous offerings like the Google Pixel C and Nexus 9, and uses various Intel chips depending on your processor configuration: Celeron, Core m3, Core i5, or Core i7. There's even supposed to be a desktop mode, similar to what we saw on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 (but hopefully with better touch targets).

Accessories include a detachable keyboard and Pixelbook Pen. It's been a while since we've seen Google offer hardware (or even software) designed for the tablet space, so it'll be interesting to see what comes of that long wait.

Google Smart Home hub

The Google Home Hub is poised to be the Google Home smart speaker with a face – a 7-inch screen, that is. Leaks suggest it'll display the weather and map information for your commute, among other helpful Assistant features.

(Photo Credit: MySmartPrice)

(Photo Credit: MySmartPrice)

It's the evolution of the smart speaker using Google's AI, and while the recent Lenovo Smart Speaker started us off, the Google Home Hub may be cheaper, and may fix some of the issues we had with the initial software.

Google Pixelbook 2

The Pixelbook is still among our best laptops, but it's been one year since the original high-end Chromebook from Google launched, and there have been several noteworthy laptop launches since then. The Huawei MateBook X Pro is now the one to beat.

We wouldn't be surprised if Google uses the Pixel 3 launch event to debut a new laptop, even if it's just a small specs upgrade ahead of Black Friday

Chromecast and Pixel accessories

We're pretty sure a new Chromecast 2018 is coming, one that may be more reliable when connected to your smartphone for streaming Netflix (or your video app of choice). We expect no new front-facing features here, and the superior Chromecast Ultra to stick around.

Google Pixel Stand (Photo Credit: 9to5Google)

Google Pixel Stand (Photo Credit: 9to5Google)

The Google Pixel Stand leaks point to a wireless charging stand for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It's been a while since you could wireless-charge a Google phone, so this is a long-overdue homecoming.

There's also an outside chance we'll see a Google Pixel Buds sequel, one that will compete on our best true wireless earbuds list. Google is said to be including wired USB-C Pixel Buds with the new Pixel phones, though, so we may have to settle for those.

Matt Swider