Thursday in CE: Dell Mixed Reality Accepting Pre-Orders, Here Comes the Pixel 2
September is really starting to feel like March Madness for Smartphones. Now that the Apple hype has come and gone, Google is rolling out there Pixel 2 announcement, with a little teaser to give us a hint about their October 4 launch.
One year ago, Google made waves in the Android market with the first Pixel and Pixel XL, giving Apple the first serious competition they have seen in a long time. Of course, phones like Samsung S8 and even the LG V30 are a just as much a competitor, but the Pixel has really become the standard for Android phones.
The rumors are tight to the chest, but there are a few obvious assumptions that the community has made including:
- The official name is going to be consecutive, marking Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as the two different size names.
- Google is splitting manufacturing across two different OEMs, LG for the XL, HTC for the smaller one. That means the XL will probably look more modern, while the Pixel may look like a refresh.
- Both models are going to have black backs that transition to a glass window at the top.
- The Pixel may borrow the "squeezable" side buttons from the HTC U 11, probably to launch Google Assistant.
- Two cameras? Check and check.
- The unfortunate trend of killing the headphone jack is probably making its way to the Pixel line as well.
- Always-on display mode means the phone will have a lot of the same tricks that the Galaxy S7 had, being able to check time, messages, and missed calls at a glance.
- Get ready for Google Lens, the visual search app.
Dell Opens Pre-orders for their Ridiculously Awesome VR Headset
We actually had a chance to check out the Dell Visor at IFA. While I did manage to crash it (three times at that) when it did work, it was incredible. Dell is taking advantage of Microsoft's Mixed Reality, that promises a blend of VR and AR to accomplish some amazing things.
It mostly felt like VR, but I like the commitment nonetheless.
The Dell Visor has a huge advantage over the pioneering HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in a few different categories. The most obvious is the price point, with the Visor shipping at $350 and an additional $100 for two controllers. That $450 grand total is still well under competitors.
Another distinction is the design. It was made to conform to the face, and snake oil aside, it is very comfy. A small vent blocks light but lets in air and air holes at the top prevent fogging from sweat. The Visor will be available at Dell.com, Microsoft.com, BestBuy.com, and brick-and-mortar starting in October.
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