For Android fans there’s little that’s as exciting as the launch of a new Pixel handset. With Nexus now dead and buried, Pixel is more ambitious, seeing Google throw everything into its own phones.The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, as they’re assumed to be called, could be radically different phones compared to their predecessors, the current Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Google Pixel 3 mobile features a 5.5″ (13.97 cm) display with a screen resolution of Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) and runs on Android v8.0 (Oreo) operating system. The device is powered by Octa core (2.45 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 280 + 1.9 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 280) processor paired with 6 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 3000 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 12 MP camera CMOS image sensor supporting a resolution of 4000 x 3000 Pixels and the front snapper is powered by a CMOS image sensor. Other sensors include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope. So, does it have a fingerprint sensor? Yes, it does. For graphical performance that can make games run smoothly, this phone has got a Adreno 540 GPU. On board storage is at 64 GB with the option to expand the memory by No.
The Google Pixel 3 XL mobile features a 6″ (15.24 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and runs on Android v8.0 (Oreo) operating system. The device is powered by Octa core (2.45 GHz, Quad core, Kryo + 1.9 GHz, Quad core, Kryo) processor paired with 6 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 3600 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 12 MP camera . Other sensors include Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope. So, does it have a fingerprint sensor? Yes, it does. For graphical performance that can make games run smoothly, this phone has got a Adreno 630 GPU.On board storage is at 64/128 GB with the option to expand the memory by No.
Google Pixel 3 release date
Google’s Pixel phones traditionally arrive in the latter half of the year, normally around October. In the past this was synced with a new version of Android – in this case it’s Android P – although with Oreo the software appeared a few weeks before the new phones.
There has been a report to suggest we might see a mid-range Pixel appear in the summer of 2018, but the two premium devices are destined for October – as Evan Blass says, in a “fall” hardware event from Google.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were announced on 4 October 2017, with pre-orders starting immediately afterwards. They began to hit shelves on 17 October so we would expect to see the new Pixel devices announced within the same timeframe.
Google Pixel 3: Price
If we take a look at the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL we can make an educated guess on the price of the Pixel 3. We can see that the Pixel 2 starts at £629 and the Pixel 2 XL starts at a higher £799. The cost shouldn’t depart far from these price points.
However, if the above rumours are to be believed, there could be three Pixel 2018 handsets. If there are, it’s unlikely that a high-end model will eclipse the iPhone X in price, but never say never. And if it’s a mid-range device? In that case, it should really cost no more than £450.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Design
HTC was responsible for the Pixel and Pixel 2, while LG designed the larger Pixel XL devices in the past. Subsequently, Google acquired a lot of HTC’s smartphone talent, suggesting more will be done in house. The $1.1 billion deal concluded in January 2018 means Google now has the team to design its own Pixel smartphones.
However, a report from Bloomberg suggests that Google it going to be looking to Foxconn for the actual manufacture. Foxconn also manufactures the iPhone, so it perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise.
There’s no suggestion of the dimensions of this new phone yet, but we’ve seen the first credible leak showing what the design might be, thanks to a couple of images shared to XDA forums. There’s now been a follow-up leak showing more of the phone – all in the gallery below – so we have a good idea of what the Pixel 3 XL might look like from all sides.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Hardware
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 likely
- Increase in RAM and storage possible
- No headphone jack
The Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL all featured the latest respective Qualcomm platform at the time of their launch so we’d expect Google to put the Snapdragon 845 platform within the new Pixel 3.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both feature 4GB of RAM and they both come in 64GB and 128GB storage options, neither of which offer microSD support for storage expansion. With many of 2018’s flagship smartphones offering 6GB or even 8GB of RAM and internal storage options up to 256GB, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL offer at least an increase in RAM.
There have been no hardware leaks as yet for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but if Google’s 2017 devices are anything to go by, the smaller new Pixel will likely have a slightly smaller battery capacity compared to the larger new Pixel. The Pixel 2 has a 2700mAh cell, while the Pixel 2 XL has a 3520mAh battery so we’d expect at least similar for the 2018 handsets.
The 3.5mm headphone jack was ditched for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL so we don’t expect to see it make a comeback for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with USB Type-C being the go-to port for all charging and audio needs. Both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have dual front firing speakers and we suspect the new models will too, based on leaked display parts.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Cameras
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL offer excellent camera performance, but you miss out on some of the novelty features offered by the dual camera systems on other devices, such as optical zoom. Google may stick to its guns with its single camera offering on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, like Sony did with the latest Xperia XZ2, especially since it is able to offer a Portrait Mode depth effect without a second camera.
So far there’s little to suggest any changes and the leaked Pixel 3 XL appears to have a single camera on the rear. However, it might be that Google has been looking at dual camera options and considering the possibilities, according to a tip shared by Stephen Hall of 9to5Google on Twitter.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Software
One thing we can be certain of when it comes to the next Pixel devices, whether that be one, two or three of them, they will run on pure, vanilla Android. No bloatware, no unnecessary extras, just Android, with Pixel extras.
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL run on Android Oreo, but the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will launch on Android P – if you have an older Pixel (or one of a select bunch of other Android devices) you can get Android P right now.
We can certainly expect to see Google Assistant on board the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL too, likely further improved.