In this post, which will be updated regularly, we’ll be looking at the latest rumors surrounding the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Last year’s Google Pixel 2 received plenty of acclaim, even if they chose to drop the headphone jack. Despite the audio port disappointment, you were getting a powerful phone, stock Android, and a great camera experience.
What will the Mountain View company bring this year? Well, the Google Pixel 3 rumor mill has just started chugging in recent days, giving us a few potentially tasty morsels of information.
Notch your usual Pixel?
Probably the biggest question on everyone’s lips is whether the Pixel 3 will adopt the controversial display notch. Well, first of all, a report out of Korea claims that LG Display is supplying notched OLED screens to Google. The report didn’t clarify whether this was for a particular smartphone, but that’s where the next report comes in…
A Bloomberg report this week, citing “people familiar with the matter,” says the Pixel 3 XL will have a notched display. The sources add that the standard model will steer clear of the cutout.
The two reports follow unsubstantiated Twitter and Weibo leaks, claiming a notch for the XL model as well.
— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) May 30, 2018
In other words, we can expect a notch for at least one new Google phone, according to the Korean and Bloomberg reports.
How would a notched Pixel 3 look? The person behind the Phone Designer Twitter account has crafted a concept that takes the leaks into account (see above tweet).
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were manufactured by HTC and LG, but that was before Google acquired HTC’s hardware team. So what should we expect now?
According to WinFuture.de, Google is partnering with Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile to manufacture the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. FIH Mobile isn’t a new entrant either, producing HMD’s Nokia-branded smartphones.
The Bloomberg report also mentions Foxconn, merely saying that Google is in talks with the company to manufacture the phones.
We’re not quite sure what to expect in the design department, but here’s hoping the trademark Pixel glass back stays. We’re also betting that Google will switch both phones to the 18:9 screen ratio instead of having one phone with a tall screen and one with a traditional 16:9 ratio.
The Pixels stick to Qualcomm’s flagship-level Snapdragon chipsets, such as the Snapdragon 821 in the original Google Pixel and the Snapdragon 835 in the Pixel 2 range.
The Pixel 3 duo is unsurprisingly tipped to arrive with the Snapdragon 845 processor, WinFuture reports. Unless Qualcomm has a slightly upgraded processor ready for Google (like they had with the Snapdragon 821), it can only be the Snapdragon 845.
RAM and storage options aren’t known just yet, but 4GB to 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options are safe guesses.
What about the cameras?
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL managed to deliver portrait mode without the need for a dual camera setup. In fact, Google’s HDR+ feature and portrait mode makes a strong case for computational photography paired with a single camera setup.
Bloomberg reports that the new phones will feature upgraded but still single-lens cameras. The larger phone is apparently packing two selfie cameras though, ostensibly for improved bokeh trickery, authentication and/or wide-angle shots.
Google Pixel 3 release date?
Google traditionally launches its Pixel devices at its fall hardware event in the second half of the year. In fact, the last two Pixel generations were unveiled on October 4 — will it be three in a row? This doesn’t quite jive with WinFuture‘s August/September timeline. One thing’s for sure though: you will almost certainly get the Pixel 3 in time for Christmas.
Google Pixel 3 price?
Back in 2016, Google had a starting price of $649 for the 32GB Pixel, while the entry-level Pixel 2 maintained the same price and doubled the storage. The 128GB Pixel and Pixel 2 models also shared the same $749 price tag. Price increases are inevitable, but here’s hoping Google maintains the same pricing for the standard Pixel 3.
Moving to the large models, the first-generation 32GB Pixel XL came in at $769, while the 64GB Pixel 2 XL has a price tag of $849. At the top end, the 128GB Pixel XL came in at $869, while the 128GB Pixel 2 XL has a $949 price tag. Could we see the top-end Pixel 3 XL breach the $1000 barrier?
Will the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL fare better than their predecessors? What do you want to see from the two smartphones? Let us know in the comments below!