The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, as they are widely expected to be named, could be significantly different smartphones as compared to the second-generations, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The technology giant headquartered in Mountain View, California went through a fragment of its own spin-off when it acquired HTC’s mobile hardware division team back in September 2017, which it has since turned it into its own operations. And the mobile industry has evolved too, most especially for high-end flagship smartphones, as Apple refresh the industry-standards and protocols for manufacturer suggested retail price and form-factor design with the iPhone X.
It’s in this vital environment that the search engine will launch the next iteration of its flagship handsets, as it try to boost its position among the leading smartphones. The current Pixel devices are some of the best smartphones in the market in terms of camera, a smooth-running performance and homegrown Android mobile operating system software — one that’s always first in line with feature updates and security patches.
Moreover, the company’s forthcoming Android P software update has a spellbinding new features that can’t be found on any iPhone handset.
But there have been a bit of jolts under way. With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, Google will attempt to avoid the mistakes connected with the Pixel 2 XL, which caught bombardment for burn-in problems and other defects related to device’s OLED display. Those errors triggered a bit of media attention, spoiling a number of initial positive reviews with provisos. It also added a scrutiny on company’s warranty policies, which were ultimately deepened.
As for design modifications coming to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL there have been some artist renders scattered all over the worldwide web, and Google’s yearly I/O developer conference provided a bunch of materials for us. We’ve collected all the major information about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL below, and will continue to update this storyline frequently with factual news and rumors.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL release date in October 2018?
Google first launch the original Pixel and its larger counterpart, the Pixel XL on October 4, 2016. Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were also introduced exactly a single year later. We have every rationale to consider that Google will remain constant to this launch event cycle schedule, releasing the next smartphones — Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — in October.
The next software upgrade of Google’s Android mobile operating system is all about gesture navigation, and it would be normal for the search titan to debut the OS on its forthcoming handsets. Google has had already showed off a pair of Android P beta versions since its I/O conference event in May.
Google higher-ups claimed that their research and development (R&D) team have been working on the Android’s new interface for more than a year, and that they are steered by a hunger to reduce the number of physical buttons interactions on Android mobile devices.
Pixel 3 or XL to feature a notch?
During Google’s I/O conference, the company has already said that the Android P will support handsets with notches. And, as we mentioned earlier, we’re expecting Google to commercialize Android P on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. As such, the speculations regarding a notched Pixel 3 is completely reasonable.
And while the Mountain View tech firm may dismiss the notion that it’s following any other OEMs with its gesture navigation, it’s undeniable that Apple has brought notch design into the market, even though the Essential Phone was really the first manufacturer to actually bring it to market.
Google will finally bring wireless charging back to its flagships
After seeding the Android P beta version to for the developers, XDA Developers discovered new evidences in the OS’ code that suggests Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to support wireless charging. This speculation is also fostered by another conjecture that the new Pixels may have a sheet of glass on the back panel. Google has made wireless charging handsets including the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 5, but dropped the support back in 2015 with the launch of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
Pixel 3 XL to equip dual front-facing camera sensors, larger display
In addition to the notch rumors, Bloomberg reported that the Pixel 3 XL will have an edge-to-edge bezel-less screen display and a pair of front-facing cameras. The regular Pixel 3, however, will neither feature these components.
The notorious leaker claim the new Pixels will increase their display size to 5.3-inch and 6.2-inch. This is a big jump from the current iterations’ screen size of 5-inch and 6-inch display.
This lead us to a conclusion that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will sport a nearly bezel-less display. Google may actually achieve a fantastic screen-to-body ratio of 85% to 93%.
With that screen-to-body ratio, Google may pull off 5.3-inch and 6.2-inch display sizes on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, respectively, without significantly increasing the body sizes of the handsets. The Pixel 2 and its oversized sibling have a screen-to-body ratio of 67.9% and 76.4%, respectively.
A top-end Pixel 3 flagship to battle 2018 iPhone
Droid Life is reporting that Google will indeed release three new Pixel smartphones underway for 2018 showdown. This trio could include a puzzling higher-end flagship phone — perhaps intended to compete with the $999 iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 — in addition to the standard and XL models. Both Samsung and Apple have trio smartphones with the Korean released Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 and the latter launched iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. So it’s more likely that Google will also join these two OEM in the smartphone showdown.
However, the ever reliable notorious leaker Evan Blass tweeted that, according to his “reliable source,” Google will ship the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — alongside new Pixel Buds and a Pixel-branded smartwatch.
Or a budget Pixel 3?
Another bizarre rumor is that Google is reportedly developing an pocket-friendly “mid-range” Pixel for emerging markets that could be launched this summer, per Economic Times.
Google might not bring this inexpensive model to the United States; the timing doesn’t harmonize with the Pixel’s usual October launch event. But such a handset would definitely make a gripping contrast to Apple’s rumored iPhone SE 2, which we might see in fall.