Google Pixel 3: What we know so far about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Everything we know so far

The Google Pixel 3 is rumoured to be unveiled in October, so it’s natural we’ve heard a thing or two about what Big G has up its sleeve. And in typical Trusted fashion, we’ve taken those tidbits and compiled them into a handy guide, consisting of the latest Google Pixel 3 news, rumours and leaks.

Google Pixel 3 Design and Specs: What does it look like, and is it powerful?

There was a rumour being bandied around claiming that the Google Pixel 3 could be the third almost-all-screen smartphone to hit the shelves, following the OPPO Find X and Vivo NEX. And it seemed credible – the rumour stemmed from a set of renders (below) found in the first build of the Android P Beta.

Image Credit: SlashLeaks

But it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case as recent reports have revealed that Google has commissioned LG to manufacture the screen that will be on board the Google Pixel 3 and that it will in fact feature a notch, a detail that was later confirmed by the first wave of leaked hands-on images that hit the web.

Image Credit: XDA-Developers Forums

A collaboration between Indian outlet MySmartPrice and tipster OnLeaks later built on that tidbit, showcasing a small Pixel-branded handset, believed to be the Pixel 3, with a standard screen – like the one found on the Pixel 2 – and a larger unit, said to be the Pixel 3 XL, with a taller, notch-clad, near-edge-to-edge panel.

Bloomberg was the next to pipe up, with a report claiming the Pixel 3 will have dual-front facing camera design, though it’s unclear what the second sensor will be used for – some believe it will drive a Face ID-style face-recognition feature, while others have speculated that it could just be used to generate better images.

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A little more than a week later, esteemed leaker Ice Universe shared an apparent render of the Google Pixel 3 XL, highlighting a unit with a dual-camera on the front and a single-sensor setup on the rear. And then, a few days after that, a batch of hands-on images surfaced, corroborating everything in Bloomberg’s report.

There’s no word on what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are packing under the hood, however. The only bit of information we’ve stumbled upon pertaining to non-cosmetic hardware is that the Pixel 3 XL could be ‘squeezable’ like the Pixel 2, letting users initiate commands by squeezing the device’s frame for varying durations of time.

Google Pixel 3 Release Date and Price: When will it come out, and how much will it cost?

The Pixel 2 was announced at a dedicated event in October 2017, leading many to believe that Google will hold a gathering around the same time this year to take the wraps off the Pixel 3 although that’s far from confirmed, and with the market being as competitive as it is, there’s a chance it could bring the date forward.

We don’t know how much the Pixel 3 will cost when it hits the shelves – or the Pixel 3 XL, for that matter. The Pixel 2 sold for £629 at launch, while the Pixel 2 XL commanded £799. One thing’s for certain, though: You shouldn’t expect to see a price drop this year, with rivals releasing smartphones in the £1000 realm.

Google Pixel 3 Rumours: A third Pixel to rival the iPhone X?

In keeping with the expression, we’ve saved the best for last.

According to Droid-Life, Google is working on a total of three new Pixel handsets. They’re allegedly codenamed Albacore, Blueline and Crosshatch, with the latter and former tipped to be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and the middle rumoured to be an ultra-expensive model, designed to compete with the Apple iPhone X.

The report cites the same “trusted source” that was behind the leak responsible for uncovering the identity of the Pixel 2 XL, so there’s no real reason to doubt the information. That said – like any rumour – it should be taken with a considerable pinch of salt, as nothing’s set in stone and everything’s subject to change.

We don’t know anything about the elusive premium-tier Pixel 3.

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