Google Pixel 9 phones arrive next month, ahead of iPhone 16 launch

In the upcoming tech scene, a highly anticipated battle between smartphone giants Google and Apple is looming. Google has scheduled its annual Made By Google event for August 13, where they are expected to unveil their new Pixel 9 series of smartphones. The event may also see the debut of new Pixel products such as a foldable tablet, watch, and earbuds.

The Pixel 9 series is rumored to consist of at least two models – the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro, with a Pixel 9 Pro XL also speculated. The Pro variant is expected to feature a flat design, a new rear camera housing, and a variable aperture lens. An optional “adaptive touch” function might be introduced, which would alter touchscreen sensitivity to accommodate obstructions like wet hands or screen protectors.

A foldable tablet, the Pixel Fold 2, is also anticipated at the event. It is expected to boast a 7.9-inch inner screen and a 6.4-inch outer screen, with a thickness of 0.2 inches when unfolded. The rear camera design is rumored to have undergone a significant redesign. Unlike previous models, the Pixel 9 series and the Pixel Fold 2 will run on the Tensor G4 processor, based on Samsung’s Exynos design.

Meanwhile, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 16 is expected to maintain its current design but may feature larger models with more screen real estate and a more accessible battery case. The iPhone 16 could also see its first NPU core count increase in four years, which could significantly enhance Apple’s ambitions in generative AI, a new battleground between the two tech giants. The upcoming Android 15 OS is expected to strengthen Google’s Gemini AI, introduced with last year’s Pixel 8 Pro phones, while iOS 18 will unlock similar functionality for the iPhone 15 Pro and at least one iPhone 16 variant.

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