Report: Google is Unveiling a Budget Pixel, New Google Home, and Watch This Year

Every year, Google is expected to one-up its lineup of devices with newer versions that have better features and improvements. This year, the company will do the same thing. And a report out of Nikkei is giving us all the details.

For starters, the report mentions the budget Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite we’ve seen leak in the past. These devices are still expected to arrive in 2019, with earlier rumors pointing to a spring release. The phones will be priced lower than Apple’s iPhone XR which starts at $749, according to Nikkei. They’ll pack LCD displays, mid-range Snapdragon processors, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. There’s also a good chance they’ll include headphone jacks and the same camera from the standard Pixel 3.

Next up, Nikkei states we’re finally getting Google’s smartwatch this year. Rumor had it last year that it would debut alongside the Pixel 3, but that didn’t rule out to be true. Instead, it looks like 2019 will be the year we finally get the supposed Pixel Watch. No details regarding the actual watch were shared, but the device will “compete with the Apple Watch,” according to the article.

Finally, Google will also be making some advancements in terms of smart home appliances. According to Nikkei, the company will introduce a new Google Home this year alongside an upgraded Nest security camera. Again, no details were given as to what will make either device new, but we expect to learn more in the future.

While the budget Pixel 3 and 3 XL will reportedly debut before the second half of this year, we’ll likely have to wait until the end of 2019 to see Google’s entire device lineup. A premium follow-up to the Pixel 3 is also being worked on, according to Nikkei, and that will probably debut in October. Therefore, we can expect a similar time frame for the rest of the lineup.