Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL: Everything We Know So Far (Leaks)
According to prominent media veteran Bloomberg, Google will debut its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in October this year. Although this is a yearly phenomenon, doesn’t come as a surprise, last year the company unveiled the Pixel 2 phones on the 4th October.
This year also we can expect the new phones unveiling in the first week. There are still some months but the hot leaks are pouring in from different sources and speculations are at the summit.
Let’s have a quick look at what we know so far about the upcoming Google phones.
Leaks and Details – Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3
The bigger of the two siblings, Google Pixel 3 XL, will have an iPhone-style notch covering the top of its display. It may not be surprising for anyone to see this happening since a lot of newer phones are going the notch way.
Bloomberg also claims that Pixel’s display notch will be different from what iPhone X offers. Its notch is reportedly going to be of a taller profile in comparison with the iPhone’s wider cut-out.
On the other hand, the regular Google Pixel 3 will look familiar to its predecessor Pixel 2, and will not come with the notch design. Given that it will have thicker bezels, it is going to be interesting to see how Pixel 3 will compete with other cheaper-priced phones having a better design, and thinner bezels.
Notably, the Pixel 3 will also come with a thinner bezel design with 18:9 aspect ratio display.
Interestingly, in past week, images of suggested screen protectors of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were also leaked on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
After Slashleaks noticed them, they were removed quickly but gave a glimpse of what Google is going to offer this year.
Assuming the authenticity of leaked photos to be legit, it gets clear that the bigger of the two upcoming Pixel phones will have a notch.
Apart from that, what Google needs to improve the Pixel 3 over Pixel 2 since the latter fell well below the Pixel 2 XL regarding battery life and screen resolution.
Although the leaks can be supportive of said features, there are still 4 months to go before Google launches its flagships. We can expect a lot more details to emerge during the period.
Can Google beat rivals in the Game of Hardware?
Another claim about upcoming Google Pixel phones that Bloomberg makes is that Foxconn will manufacture them.
Unlike the previous Pixel models, which were made as a collaboration between Google and HTC (except Pixel 2 XL), this is going to be a different scenario.
Furthermore, Bloomberg claims that the Pixel 3 XL has a “nearly edge-to-edge screen.” Whereas describing its notch “won’t be as wide as a similar feature on the iPhone X, but is noticeably taller.”
Making use of the leaked screen protector photos as a base, a couple of speculative rendered images made their way to the internet.
From the very beginning, Pixel phones don’t come with dazzling hardware. The primary focus of Google with its Pixel series is fast and fluid pure Android OS with timely updates.
Although there has always been room for improvement in its hardware department, it still boasts of excellent user experience through its software.
From leaked screen protector photos, a dual-camera setup on the front with each camera on sides of the earpiece is visible.
If true, Google might be bracing up for a better selfie experience for the buyers, or might even bring Face ID like mechanism to the Pixel 3 XL.
Expectations from Google Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3
Starting with Apple, some mobile manufacture including OnePlus, Vivo, etc. have incorporated similar mechanisms that use the facial recognition to unlock the phone in no time.
There are still a bunch of questions that go unanswered. But as the time approaches for the launch, a number of leaks will pour in further.
The Pixel phones will likely use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor same as the other flagship devices this year. Moreover, the upcoming Qualcomm SD 855 will launch in early 2019.
Also, the Samsung S10 and S10 plus will be the first devices to use the next-gen Qualcomm Processor as has been the trend for past few years.
Google is going to use the Android P on the Pixel phones and may throw in some surprises in the software department as has been the case in the past years.
Besides, Google may launch some new features as they did with the Google Assistant which was initially available on the Pixel phones and later came to other manufacturers.
Google doesn’t have the prowess to outshine rivals with hardware as of yet, despite acquiring a part of HTC but they can always bowl a googly at the competition with some magic software feature.
Can it Beat the Best Camera Phones?
Another big expectation is to beat the competition and more importantly the last year Pixel 2 XL in the camera performance. Google so far is sticking to the single camera module while rivals like Huawei are relying on triple camera setup to improve imaging, it will be exciting to see what Google offers this year.
So far, there is no clue about other aspects of the upcoming Pixel phones such as a battery, wireless charging, presence of headphone jack and other features that might become crucial for Google as far as sales of their main devices are concerned.
Written By Prateek Sharma.
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