Google to unveil Pixel smartphones, VR headset – reports

MANILA, Philippines – Google is expected to show off a new batch of smartphones as well as a new virtual reality headset on Tuesday, October 4, at its hardware event in San Francisco.

A report from 9to5 Google indicates Google will really be coming out with its own phone brand, nixing the Nexus line – which is built by other phone makers – for a Google Pixel lineup of smartphones.

GOOGLE PIXEL. Screenshot from 9to5 Google

GOOGLE PIXEL.

Screenshot from 9to5 Google

Some renders of Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones have also been made available through a leak from UK store Carphone Warehouse. Formal product specifications are likely to be announced during the event itself.

Meanwhile, a report from Variety said Google's own Daydream virtual reality (VR) headset will also be shown off at the October 4 event. 

GOOGLE'S DAYDREAM. Screenshot from https://vr.google.com/daydream/

GOOGLE'S DAYDREAM. Screenshot from https://vr.google.

com/daydream/

Variety said the Daydream is meant to be used alongside the new Pixel phones, and could be sold at a remarkable $79 price range, according to their sources.

A Google spokesperson, however, declined to comment on the matter. 

What are you hoping to see out of the October 4 event? Let us know in the comments. – Rappler.com

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