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Pixel 3 launch date accidentally revealed by Google

The Google Pixel 3 will launch on October 4th, according to a leak from YouTube’s branded content platform, Famebit. 

October 4th is a pretty noteworthy date. In 2006 it was the day Julian Assange launched WikiLeaks. In 1883, the Orient Express took its maiden voyage on this date. More recently, however, October 4th saw the launch of both the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 2, in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

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Launching the Pixel 3 on this date is hence pretty much the least surprising thing Google could do, but it’s also pretty impressive that the company has become so reliable with its phone launches.

This date is by no means confirmed of course, but the leak looks pretty legit. Famebit is a portal that allows brands to recruit influencers to advertise upcoming products, and Google appears to have used it to recruit Canadian “creators” in advance of the upcoming phone announcement (via 9to5Google).

Screenshot of Google Pixel 3's campaign goals

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The Pixel 3 story so far

Let’s recap what we’re expecting from the upcoming handsets. The Pixel 3 XL is probably going to be the most interesting of the two phones, with a large notched screen that’s very on-trend for 2018.

We’re expecting both phones to run the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, Android P (obviously), and be equipped with the Snapdragon 845 and 4GB of RAM.

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In terms of cameras, both handsets are expected to have just a single lens on the rear, although there’ll apparently be two on the front — presumably for some kind of Face ID-style unlocking functionality.

On paper, neither of the two models sounds like the most interesting phone in the world, but neither have previous Pixels, and yet they’ve managed to impress us thanks to features that are less obvious from pre-release specs, such as their stunning cameras.

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