If history is an indicator, Google will launch its next generation of smartphones later this fall. With so much time between now and then, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn more about the presumed Pixel 3 and its counterpart, the Pixel 3 XL. To help keep track of everything, we’ve gathered up all of the Pixel 3 rumors we could find.
Let’s take a look at what should be in store for the pair of phones, shall we?
First and foremost, we wouldn’t qualify this so much under Pixel 3 rumors so much as totally anticipated. If there’s one thing we know about Google, it’s that it will load its new devices with the latest build of Android.
Currently offered in beta under the “P” release, it’s not yet known what formal name it will pick up. Over the years we’ve seen a host of sweet and delicious titles such as Donut, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Nougat. We’re anxious to see what Google cooks up here.
In the meanwhile, those who own a Pixel or Pixel 2 model can get a sense of the operating system. Offered in beta to a number of devices, it’s an early look of the brains that will power the Pixel 3.
Unlike previous years, Google may opt for three designs, maybe four, for the Pixel 3. That is, of course, depending on how credible rumors are, and whether Google doesn’t change plans.
According to code names surfacing along the way, Google is using “albacore”, “blueline”, and “crosshatch” for its designs. These reports started all the way back in late 2017 so there’s been plenty of time for changes.
In a related note, WinFuture.de advises that another, fourth “mobile” device under the code name of “bonito” could arrive in early 2019. It’s not clear if it’s for a phone or something else; rumors suggest a mid-range powered by Snapdragon 710 is on the docket. If true, this might put the phone in the $400-$500 price range.
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As to who is manufacturing the devices, Google is reportedly working with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile to build and assemble the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. If that name rings a bell, it’s because they’re also behind HMD’s Nokia-branded phones.
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If a longtime XDA Developers member is to be believed, they have already seen a Pixel 3 XL (or prototype) and taken pictures of the phone. Keeping with tradition, the back offers up an all-glass body instead of the partial matte metal and glass build. If true, this could pave the way to wireless charging capabilities.
Popular and oft-reliable leaker @OnLeaks posted a collection of CAD-based renders which show the design of the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL from nearly all angles.
Although they aren’t official Google renders they this is the most accurate look we’ve had of the two devices so far.
All indications are that Google will employ a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor for the Pixel 3 line. That is provided a specialized or slightly modified version doesn’t surface in the interim. As a point of reference, Google went with an 821 CPU when pretty much everyone else had the 820 in their devices.
In an era where everyone seemingly wants to copy Apple’s iPhone notch, it appears Google is ready to that route, too. At least for one model, that is. According to Bloomberg, “people familiar with the matter” say the larger Pixel 3 XL will have a notch on its display. The standard bearer, though, should maintain the traditional screen format.
Multiple renders and social media coverage seem to confirm this, and give us an idea how things might look. Korean news site DDaily also advises that LG is supplying notch displays to Google.
Although the trend over the last year or so is to toss in two cameras on the rear, Google looks to be sticking with one for its Pixel 3. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given how much Google has been able to squeeze out of its predecessor’s camera.
Bloomberg suggests that the new models will integrate two cameras on the front side of the phones. Presumably this will lead to wide angle shots or portrait/bokeh effects. An Ice Universe tweet dovetails with the report and even seems to show the Pixel 3 XL in a render.
If we go by the last two years of Pixel announcement and availability, we should look to early October for its debut. Google has twice introduced its phones at an October 4 event, putting them on sale shortly after.
As has been the case with the previous generations, Verizon appears poised to offer the phone as an exclusive partner. Of course we fully expect to see the devices offered unlocked through a variety of retail channels.
Interestingly enough, an article from WinFuture says August or September could be in order for the Pixel 3. Take that as you will, especially as there’s no other indication that Google will move its timeline up a bit.
Getting back to the reports of a third, and potentially fourth model, it’s possible that one of them arrives later this year. Indeed, it’s suggested that India could receive the mid-range as soon as this summer. As part of an exclusive offering, Economic Times tells us it would be for price-sensitive markets and may be here in July or August.
Assuming there are only two models for 2018, we should look for the standard Pixel 3 to come in around $750 with the Pixel 3 XL commanding about $850.
This is purely speculation on our part, but it’s based on what we’ve seen out of Google. Also, keep in mind that this for the base versions and that more memory/storage will raise the costs.
The 2016 models had starting prices of $650 and $750, respectively; the 2017 editions were at $770 and $870 for their base models. Prices reached as high as $950 for the 128GB Pixel 2 XL so it’s hard to say where Google ends up this year.
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