Google Pixel 3 event to take place later than expected? New report tips launch date

The Google Pixel 3 event will take place on October 9, according to information buried within a report on Apple’s forthcoming iPhone handsets.

Earlier on Monday, we brought word from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman on Apple’s plans for a trio of 2018 iPhone models, but it seems the well-connected reporter could also have the skinny on the next-gen Pixel launch.

The report says the event is planned for New York City on October 9, which is slightly later than the October 4 events of the last two years. Previous rumours had suggested Google would stick with the previous date for a third straight year, but Gurman’s report casts new doubt.

A Google spokesperson stayed mum on the possibility, but this is the first time we’ve seen the date floated for the now customary ‘Made by Google’ hardware-based event.

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Gurman writes:

“Alphabet Inc.’s Google also plans to debut new Pixel phones on Oct. 9 at a media event in New York City, other people familiar with the plans said. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.”

Considering the proximity to the previous years’ events then we’d say this suggestion is more likely to be accurate than not, although plans are always subject to change. However, judging by the frequency of leaks this month, we can almost certainly say the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL aren’t far from an official unveiling.

According to the report, the handsets will follow the patten of Android handsets with cut-out notches. The larger of the two devices will reportedly have a 6.4-inch 19:9 display, while the standard Pixel 3 will offer a 5.4-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

A report this month also suggested wireless charging could make a triumphant return to Google phones for the first time since the Nexus 6 in 2014. A new Super Selfie mode has also been tipped, while an improved Portrait mode could also be present. Of course, barring a major shock, both phones will arrive with Android 9 Pie.

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