Google Pixel 4 Event; The Where, The When, The How

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This is one of my favorite times of year for many reasons. The days may be getting a little shorter, but the weather, at least here in the south, is changing from an almost intolerable 110 degrees to a much nicer 74 degrees. Granted the weather has already gone to hell in many other parts of the country.  And yay! for all the new tech gadgets that get launched this time of year! .

We’ve already seen Apple’s latest iPhone reveal in September. Then came Microsoft launched its new Surface gear at the beginning of October. Now we’ve got the Google’s Pixel 4 launch event to look forward to.

Google’s Pixel 4 launch event is taking place on Tuesday October 15 in New York City. Local time will be 10am ET. Here’s a breakdown by region;

  • 7am for all on America’s West coast

  • 8am in the southern states

  • 3pm in the UK

  • 4pm in Central Europe

  • 7:30pm in New Delhi

  • 1am on October 16 in Sydney

If you are interested in watching the event yourself, you can catch it live on YouTube here. If you’d like a reminder, you can click through onto YouTube itself and have the site remind you when Google’s Pixel 4 launch event is about to start.

The main announcement will be the Pixel 4. Which there have been so many details leaked that there is already a pretty clear idea of what it will be like. The major news is the introduction of a 90Hz display, gesture controls, dual cameras on the rear, and the removal of the notch.

There’s set to be a range of other announcements at Google‘s event. Such as the next generation of the Pixel Buds, and the now leaked Pixelbook Go laptop. One would think Google will also talk about updates to Google Assistant, and shine some light on other software features.

Just as I did with the Apple event and the Surface event, I’ll be watching the event myself as best as I can, and then later tomorrow evening I’ll be doing a live recap on the Braehawk Tech YouTube Channel.

UPDATE; The “Made By Google” Pixel 4 Event will be starting in less than an hour. Feel free to watch the event yourself from right here:

Microsoft Surface Event Recap

This morning, starting at 9:00 AM Central time, Microsoft launched its Surface event, most of which was no big surprise, however there were a few things toward the end that were actually surprising, and one that had me outright excited.  I wanted to recap what I learned this morning here, and I’ll be doing a live recap on youtube later this evening.  So, this morning we learned about the following new products in the Surface line; 

SURFACE LAPTOP 3

The Surface Laptop 3;  for the first time, comes in two sizes: 13.5 and 15 inches, starting at $999 and $1,199, respectively.

There’s plenty more that’s different than just a new size. The 13.5-inch model features Intel’s 10th Gen processors and USB-C charging. In addition, for the first time, you can decide between having an Alcantara-covered or an all-aluminum keyboard. The 15-inch model is the first Surface product to feature an AMD processor.  

The specs: The new chip is an AMD-based Surface Edition of the Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7, with an extra core on the graphics processor over the standard Ryzen chips. It can be paired with up to 32GB of RAM, which is 16 more than the maximum you can get in the 13-inch model. Strangely enough though, the storage options top out at 512GB. (The 13-inch model can be equipped with up to 1TB of storage.)

The Surface Laptop 3 is available for preorder now and will ship October 22nd.

SURFACE PRO 7

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 starts at $749, and Microsoft is releasing several configurations that quickly ramp up in cost. If you want a Type Cover keyboard, it will cost an extra $129.99.

The Surface Pro 7 looks like last year’s model, but it has a few tweaks that might make it worthwhile for you. Notably, it charges via USB-C instead of its previous Surface Connector. 

The specs:  The Surface Pro 7 includes Intel’s latest 10th Gen processors, and you’ll be able to pick from a dual-core i3 version or quad-core i5 and i7 models. The base model starts with just 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and you can go all the way up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is available for preorder right now at Microsoft Store and will ship October 22nd. 

Microsoft Surface Earbuds

Microsoft dives into the truly wireless earbud game!  The company just announced the new $249 Surface Earbuds, which are the second product in its portfolio of headphones after last year’s Surface Headphones. The Earbuds are similar to the many other wireless earbuds that are available already, but Microsoft has included some productivity-specific features with them that you won’t find anywhere else. For instance, these are functional with the Office 365 suite.  For those occasions when you’re on the go and may need to dictate corrections and edits to Word documents or spreadsheets.  They’ll be available later this year.

SURFACE PRO X

Microsoft’s all-new Surface Pro X  costs $999 for the base configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; or you can get 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $1,499. Its optional accessories include the Type Cover that’s made uniquely for the Pro X for $139.99, and the new Surface Slim Pen for $144.99. Microsoft will sell a bundle of the two together for $269.99, saving you around $15.

Microsoft will launch the Surface Pro X on November 5th. The company said that these might sell out quickly, so you may want to preorder sooner than later if you want it to arrive by the holidays.  It is available for Preorder in the Microsoft Store. 

Compared to the Surface Pro 7 that uses Intel processors, the Surface Pro X hosts the new SQ1 processor engineered by Microsoft and Qualcomm. Microsoft says that this machine should be three times faster than the current MacBook Air, and it features built-in LTE so you can stay connected practically anywhere.

SURFACE NEO

The first big surprise of this event is Microsoft’s new Surface Neo. It’s a multiscreen device that features two 9-inch displays held together by a sturdy 360-degree hinge. (The screen itself isn’t foldable, fortunately.  Looking at you there, Samsung Galaxy Fold.) Microsoft says that this product is still in development, and it’s targeting a holiday 2020 release date.

Microsoft has engineered a new keyboard for the Neo that can rest on top of the display. It features a Touch Bar-like interface called the WonderBar above it, and when you slide it up toward the hinge, a on-display trackpad section is revealed.

It runs new software called Windows 10X, which has been engineered specifically for multiscreen devices like this one.

WINDOWS 10X 

Microsoft has developed a new version of Windows 10 called Windows 10X. It’s made specifically for multiscreen devices, like the Surface Neo. Microsoft says that it can run all apps.  It sounds as though they’re expecting an influx of devices like these to hit the market.

SURFACE DUO

Microsoft has announced an Android-powered foldable tablet/phone. This is the product that had me most surprised and excited.  It looks similar to the upcoming Surface Neo, but it’s smaller, has phone functionality, and since it runs on Android, it has access to the Google Play Store.

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The Duo has two 5.6-inch displays merged by a 360-degree hinge. It allows greater cross-functionality between Windows 10 and Android than we’ve seen before. It’s coming holiday 2020.

Now at first, when I saw the Surface Neo, my first thought was “shut up and take my money”.  My friend and partner in crime Nathan Alvarez, however, slightly disagreed with me.

But that was all until I saw the Duo, and at first I thought “Wow, this will be my next phone, so long as things go smoothly over the next year.  A lot can happen in a year.  After settling down for a second, though, and thinking about it, there was something conspicuously missing.  When I watched the Apple event earlier this year, I noticed that when they unveiled the new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, Phill Schiller went on and on about how great the camera was, but not much of anything else was said about Apple’s new flagship phone.  In contrast, during this part of the Surface Event, I noticed that not a single thing was said about a camera on the upcoming Surface Duo.  In fact, I didn’t even catch a glimpse at a camera lens during this product’s promo video clips.  My first reaction was me really wanting this form factor, I’ll be honest, I was pretty impressed.  But after thinking about it, if there is a lack of a camera, that would be a deal breaker for me.  As I’m sure it would for a lot of other people.  I realize, though, that the demo model they showed off today was only a prototype, and as I said earlier, much can happen in a year.  

So that wraps up this year’s Microsoft Surface event, and I’ll have more to say during a live recap on YouTube later this evening. 

About the Microsoft Surface event live stream on October 2

New Surfaces devices are on the way, and in just a couple days we’ll see just how well they hold up to the competition.   Do they beat Mac laptops? How do they stand up to iPads? We will be watching to  find out!

Here’s what you need to know

Microsoft's Surface reveal event kicks off on October 2 in New York City. The event will begin at 10 a.m. ET and it will be live-streamed. Microsoft has confirmed that the public will  be able to watch the event in either Microsoft's dedicated event page or on Twitter. I would also imagine that a stream will be available on YouTube, but no one has confirmed that

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October is nigh and Apple’s loyal fans are waiting for a new 16-inch MacBook Pro or iPad Pro with a triple-camera lens. Meanwhile, Microsoft is already poised to launch its next big thing. As far as what Microsoft has in store, this event could be a pretty momentous one. Everyone following this event is expecting to see the Surface Book 3, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Laptop 3 all make an appearance, but that's only scratching the surface.

Microsoft is also expected to give us at least a look at what it's been going on with the rumored "Project Centaurus", which is rumored to be a dual-screen foldable device between eight and 12 inches. Along with Centaurus, we should also be getting a look at Windows Lite, which is said to be an operating system focused on a lighter experience to compete with iPadOS and Chrome OS.

Microsoft is likely to have a few surprises in store that we aren't expecting. If you are unable to watch the event, Windows Central will be covering every announcement live from New York City. 

And as soon as we have all of our information, I’ll be doing a live stream recap some time that evening on the Braehawk Tech YouTube channel.

Microsoft’s Surface Event May Feature A New Windows Experience And Hardware

Microsoft has been releasing teasers about its upcoming Surface event in New York City next month. The Redmond company has sent invitations to members of the press with a different image attached, which features the Surface logo and what appears to be the shape of a processor. The  event will begin at 10AM ET on October 2nd. It’s understood that both Satya Nadella and Panos Panay will be in attendance, indicating that there will be some significant news this year.

Nadella did not attend last year’s Surface event, where Microsoft refreshed the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop lines with a new black option, revealed a Surface Studio 2, and launched new Surface Headphones. Nadella’s attendance this year suggests that Microsoft has something rather significant to announce. This year’s event will focus on new hardware for the holiday season, and some refreshes to the Surface line. The event invite could be hinting at  processor changes, with what looks like a silicon-shaped piece of  aluminum. we may be  seeing more information leaked before October 2nd.

Hardware won’t be the sole focus. If Microsoft is ready to launch an ARM-powered Surface, then we’ll need to know more about how Windows is adapting to work better on that type of hardware. That will possibly include a tease of Microsoft’s efforts toward a dual-screen Surface device, and its Windows Lite plans.

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